Research and Outreach

2006 PLaCE Projects 

Ames Campustown Planning Study: Toward the Future of Ames' Campustown
CRP 432: Community Development Planning and Programming
DSN S 446: Interdisciplinary Design Studio

Spring 2006  

Faculty: 
Mary Kay Wilcox, assistant professor 

Department of Community and Regional Planning
Department of Landscape Architecture
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3093  

A Park for the 21st Century: Conceptual Plans for a Waterfront Park, Charles City
LA 202: Site Planning and Design I

Spring 2006  

Faculty:
Heidi Hohmann, assistant professor
Carl Rogers, assistant professor 

Department of Landscape Architecture
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3094 

Landscape architecture students in this introductory studio prepared plans for a large riverfront park in the northeast Iowa town of Charles City. Their solutions were creative and will encourage city officials to consider new ideas in developing their park.   

Charles City Mixed-Use Urban Redevelopment Plan
CRP 416/516: Urban Design and Practice

Spring 2006 

Faculty:
Ferro Trabalzi, assistant professor 

Department of Community and Regional Planning
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3093 

Planning students in this advanced studio examined a former county maintenance facility in Charles City and imagined ways it could be put to new uses. Solutions ranged from an urban plaza to an artists' colony and farmers' market. Graphic presentations and models helped the community to share the students' vision for the site.  

Franklin Township Cemetery Expansion Plan
Spring 2006 

Faculty:
Heidi Hohmann, assistant professor
M. Susan Erickson, extension specialist and PLaCE program coordinator 

Research Assisant:
Phuong Nguyen  

Department of Landscape Architecture
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3094 

Hohmann and Erickson worked with undergraduate research assistant Phuong Nguyen to develop expansion plans for this rural township cemetery in Greene County, focusing on meeting community needs for cemetery space, providing a gathering space for cemetery visitors and creating a project to promote community involvement. 

Hampton Wellness Center Site Planning
Spring 2006 

Faculty:
M. Susan Erickson, extension specialist and PLaCE program coordinator 

Department of Landscape Architecture
146 College of Design
Ames, IA 5001-3094 

The city of Hampton has a long history of involvement with the College of Design's PLaCE program, having used the program effectively for several community projects. A new wellness center has been built privately in Hampton, and in spring 2006, PLaCE program coordinator Susan Erickson provided consultation on site-planning considerations for the facility. Of particular interest were parking-lot design and maintenance and planting considerations to reduce maintenance inputs. Erickson also discussed with community leaders the advantages of making connections via trails to other locations in Hampton, such as the nearby healthcare facility, the town square, and a future middle school. 

Brownfield Reclamation Studio 
Lindahl Salvage Yard Reclamation/Reuse
CRP 416/516: Urban Design and Practice
Spring 2006  

Faculty:
Ferro Trabalzi, assistant professor 

Department of Community and Regional Planning
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3093 

Using the 3.5-acre site of a former junkyard on the northwest edge of Boone as a case study, 18 students in this advanced planning studio examined the treatment of marginal landscapes and communities. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources had informed the city of Boone that the site must be cleaned up to comply with environmental regulations. The studio class produced a report detailing proposed ways to reclaim and reuse the site to benefit the community. 

Pocahontas Main Street Plan
Proposals for Pocahontas Main Street and Downtown District

CRP 435
Fall 2006

Faculty: Ferro Trabalzi, assistant professor 

Department of Community and Regional Planning
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3093  

Planning students worked to integrate and connect main points within the downtown area, raise public awareness of the attractions 

Pocahontas Main Street Plan
Pocahontas:  The Princess City

Graphic Design
Fall 2006

Faculty: Lisa Fontaine, associate professor 

Graphic Design students created new images for businesses on Pocahontas' Main Street.

Arnolds Park Entertainment & Culture District
Five Lakes Cultural District

CRP
Fall 2006

Faculty: Ferro Trabalzi, assistant professor 

Department of Community and Regional Planning
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3093 

Graduate students from Community and Regional Planning Department designed a plan for Arnolds Park, investigating the creation of an entertainment and cultural district.

Pet Care Product Design
Sargeants Pet Care

Graphic Design
Fall 2006

Faculty: Roger Baer, professor 

Advanced level art students worked to create new and innovative toys for dogs in this product design studio class. 

Alleman Comprehensive Plan
Alleman comprehensive plan update

CRP
Fall 2006 

Faculty: Jim Grant, adjunct professor 

Department of Community and Regional Planning
146 College of Design
Ames, IA 5001-3094 

Planning students, led by adjunct instructor Jim Grant, provided a comprehensive plan update to the city of Alleman

Mitchellville
Mitchellville comprehensive plan update

CRP
Fall 2006 

Faculty: Jim Grant, adjunct professor

Department of Community and Regional Planning
146 College of Design
Ames, IA 5001-3094

Planning students, led by adjunct instructor Jim Grant, provided a comprehensive plan update to the city of Mitchellville