Five graduate students in architecture will be brainstorming for the benefit of Fort Wayne's future this summer, and city residents are invited to explore the new Fort Wayne Design Center where they are working.
Four of the students are from Ball State; one is from Harvard. The students' focus will be on community-oriented design projects to improve downtown Fort Wayne, according to the city of Fort Wayne, and they will work on various projects throughout the summer, ending in mid-August.
The students will work on a variety of projects, including: a three-dimensional model of downtown Fort Wayne, development concepts for the Redevelopment Commission regarding the land acquisition on Ewing Street and Fairfield Avenue, development concepts for the former Citilink Transfer Facility on Superior Street, a corridor interconnection for the University of Saint Francis's downtown campus, and neighborhood commercial redevelopment concepts. In addition, the students will investigate multiple strategies for other downtown infill and transportation projects.
Design centers are commonly used in many communities to help government, developers, and the public plan for future development. The interaction between students, government officials, architects and the community offers collaborative, creative ideas for redevelopment of buildings, streetscape improvements, neighborhood plans, and designs for civic spaces. Before and after photos are often provided, as well as general costs and estimated timelines for the work.
The students who will be working at the Fort Wayne Design Center are: Jonathan Lain, Fabiola Yep, Nicholas Hoch, Chenyuan Gu, and Miao Yu. All students are enrolled in a master's program with varying degree concentrations in architecture, landscape and urban design.
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance is the fiscal agent for the Fort Wayne Design Center. The project is funded by The Journal Gazette Foundation, City of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, and Downtown Improvement District. Visitation to the Fort Wayne Design Center is currently available through appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Alliance at 426-5568.