WashU Project Honored by Missouri Chapter of the APA

Tower Grove East summer block party at the project's future park site. Credit: David Rodgers.

Posted by Sam Fox School October 24, 2017


A project created by WashU students for the course Developing Sustainable Urban Communities received the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association's 2017 Outstanding Student Project Award.

The award recognizes a student or group of students in a Missouri planning program for an outstanding paper or class project that demonstrates the contribution of planning to contemporary issues, best applies the planning process, or demonstrates applied planning research.

For the project, students from the Sam Fox School and the Brown School worked in collaboration with neighborhood partners to create a framework to design an inclusive neighborhood park in the Tower Grove East neighborhood. The framework identifies elements and principles of design to be included throughout the process by continuously benchmarking the neighborhood's accessibility and representation of their desires. This process was also informed by interviews, survey results, neighborhood meetings, literature reviews, and relevant built projects.

Developing Urban Sustainable Communities was co-taught by Hank Webber, executive vice chancellor for administration; Molly Metzger, assistant professor of social work; and Matthew Bernstine, lecturer in urban design, who served as faculty advisor. Participating students included: Kun Cheng (MArch17), Julia Curbera (BA17), Gerard Tate (MSW17), and Stacy Witschen (MArch18/MUD18).

Project partners included the Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association, DeSales Community Housing Corporation, social work students from the Brown School's Practice II course, Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, and citizens of the Tower Grove East neighborhood.