Students in ARCH/ENV 351 present their sustainable community design proposals for five sites
in downtown to community members, city officials, property owners and HWS faculty and
staff at the end of the semester.
In Spring 2013, under the direction of Professor Cari Varner, students enrolled in ARCH/ENV 351: Sustainable Community Development Methods and Tools, worked with a steering committee of City of Geneva officials, downtown property owners and community members to create sustainable development plans for five sites in Downtown Geneva. The first half of the semester focused on understanding and documenting the existing conditions of downtown, including its history, demographics and social issues, natural resources, local capacity and infrastructure, and this information was compiled into the report "Analysis of Existing Conditions and Opportunities of Downtown". During the second half of the semester, working closely with the community partners, the students developed sustainable development proposals for the five sites, which included proposed site plans and renderings, as well as sustainability plans which outlined the methods through which the impact of the natural environment would be minimized, the populations affected by the proposals and creative solutions for funding and implementation. The proposals of this report "Sustainable Design Proposals for Downtown Geneva" were presented to the steering committee and HWS faculty and staff at an event in downtown in May 2013.
The proposed plan for Project Area 5 which included properties to the south of Elizabeth Blackwell Street. Plans included a terraced path from South Main Street to Seneca Lake, community gardens, bike paths and green space for occupants of the many public facilities located in the area. Click for full image.