The students are working on a project for the JWU course "Earth in Peril". Not that the District is in immediate danger, but, as a neighborhood in transition, it serves as an ideal subject for study.
Earth in Peril is an interdisciplinary course that infuses ecoliterature with landscape ecology and architecture. 15 students are involved for the fall semester, and many more will be involved as the year progresses. Their project will apply a "Place Making" approach to envisioning ways for green infrastructure and urban nature to build the Jewelry District's resiliency and place attachment.
The students analyze existing place identifiers through a variety of social surveys, conduct landscape ecological investigations (street trees, wildlife, plantable spaces) and identify public space challenges. They will implement solutions based on community-member ideas and visions and present findings at key points during the year.
Prof. Hengen and students plan to attend the JDA monthly meeting on October 11.