KSU Students to Show Plans to Link Downtown, YSU

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Proposals for creating better connections between downtown and the campus of Youngstown State University will be presented at an open house 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lewis School, 30 W. Front St..

The open house will feature 150 projects completed by students from Kent State University. The project is a collaboration of the city of Youngstown, YSU’s Regional Economic Development Initiative and Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

“YSU truly appreciates the expertise and commitment of our Kent State University faculty and student partners,” said Mike Hripko YSU associate vice president for research. “This collaboration provides the city of Youngstown with a comprehensive architectural and business vision for the future that can be used to accelerate development and attract further investment.”

Douglas Steidl, dean of Kent’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, said one of the college’s goals is to instill the fact that design is integral to the quality of life of all citizens. Thus architecture students and practitioners have an obligation to improve life for everyone through the projects they conceive, he said.

“This studio brings that concept into reality,” he added. “It grounds the student in a real life situation and challenges them to envision a better life for the citizens of the community.”

For more information, contact Dominic C. Marchionda at dcmarchionda@ysu.edu or 330 550 0070.

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