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R2G NY Courses and Studios





Toward an Ecological Urban Infrastructure” Workshop, Spring 2009: Undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture, architecture and planning students in this workshop taught by Jamie Vanucchi worked with the City of Utica, NY Parks Department on surveying the current and potential ecological urban infrastructure in Utica NY. This course helped to forge subsequent partnerships with the City involving R2G.

Rust to Green Workshop, Spring 2010: The first R2G Workshop was a semester-long engaged course held at Cornell University in Spring 2010. It was co-taught by P. Horrigan, J. Vanucchi and D. Ruggeri and was used to launch and activate the Rust to Green Initiative both at Cornell and in the partnering cities of Binghamton and Utica, New York. This interdisciplinary workshop included students from, among others, Cornell’s Departments of Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning and Natural Resources and instrumental in helping to advance R2G NY’s first wave of engaged scholarship, teaching and learning.

Water and Land” Course, Fall 2010: Undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture and architecture students in the LA6940 Water and Land Course taught by Jamie Vanucchi worked with the City of Utica Planning Department and Dana Crisino, Utica Senior Planner as well as consultants at Saratoga Associates, to provide all the mapping for the city’s Local Waterfront Access Plan, to be submitted to the NYS Department of State in January 2011.

R2G Lab, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011: During the 2010-11 academic year, a R2G Lab provided small stipends to 12 undergraduate and graduate students to perform research related to R2G communications (web, media etc.), green infrastructure mapping, food policy and Genesee Street visioning. The student teams generally met once a week to coordinate and communicate efforts under the leadership of J. Vanucchi and P. Horrigan

Rust to Green Capstone Studio, Spring 2011, Spring 2012: This semester-long studio course is offered spring semesters in Cornell’s Department of Landscape Architecture and taught by Paula Horrigan. It involves students in community engaged design and planning projects undertaken in partnership with R2G community groups and agencies. The studio focuses on teaching and learning the theories and practices of placemaking and participatory community design while engaging in a planning and design project that addresses identified community needs in targeted R2G NY partner cities. To date, the R2G Capstone Studio has worked with R2G Utica community partners on generating design and planning visions and proposals for Kemble Park, One World Garden, Liberty Park and Chancellor Park.