by Cynthia Tintorri
December 05, 2013
Taking knowledge gained during coursework and applying it to real-world settings is a signature of NCC's architecture and design programs. This semester, students turned their considerable talents to Main Street and the historic circle of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. On December 4, they presented their ideas at an open house held in the former National Penn bank on Main Street.
Community Design Studio is the capstone class for second-year architecture students. They go out into a local community to work with mayors, business and property owners, planning officials and community members to create plans to improve buildings and, in Nazareth's case, whole streets.
"It's not only a great experience for our students, but an added value to the community. The work our students produce would cost a lot of money if they paid professionals to do it," says associate professor of architecture Ken Trionfo. This is his third time bringing together students with the Nazareth community, "and as a Nazareth resident for eight years, I'm particularly proud."
After congratulatory remarks from NCC President Mark Erickson and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeff Focht, several students presented their work. One project focused on Nazareth's historic town circle and the cannon there, dedicated to veterans of the Civil War. The students envisioned expanding the memorial into a full plaza, complete with a gazebo and wall for names of Nazareth residents who lost their lives in wars from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Another project included turning an intersection into a "pocket neighborhood," with architectural design elements seen in European streets and plazas.
NCC's architecture program is highly regarded by four-year schools to which students transfer. NCC students have gone on to such notable architecture schools as Drexel University, Florida Atlantic University, Lehigh University Penn State University, Temple University, University of Arizona, University of Maryland, University of Miami, and University of Michigan.
To see some of the projects, check out this photo gallery.
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