Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- March 5, 2004
Cal Poly Students Propose Designs for Downtown
Housing, Urban Gardens for San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly architecture students next week will unveil a 12-foot-square
model of downtown San Luis Obispo that identifies eight sites where
the students believe high-density housing four to five stories tall
would be feasible.
The model also explores designs for possible new gardens in a 16-block
The model, plus digital models and drawings, will be on display from
2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Rooms 222-223 of Cal Poly’s Engineering
West building. The session is part of final review of student work for
a special class that combines second-, third- and fourth-year architectural
design with the technical content of a building-sustainability laboratory
Professors Thomas Fowler and Brook Muller believe the students' work
could spur community discussion about adding housing downtown.
"We wanted to engage students in developing creative responses
to our housing crisis that will also preserve open space," Muller
said. "The sites selected explore the trade-offs of dramatically
increasing the downtown residential community and provide strategies
for designing housing that does not build on the open space of the community."
The students' proposals are designed to be sustainable, making appropriate
use of materials and the best use of lighting, for example.
As part of the project, the students visited San Diego and interviewed
experts and officials there. Fowler said San Diego is a city where density
and historical sensitivity work together in the downtown area.
The downtown design project was supported by the Cal Poly Community
Development Initiative, a joint project of Cal Poly’s Orfalea
College of Business and College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Funds were provided by Bank of America.
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