Thursday, September 22, 2011



DesignConnect is a multi-disciplinary, student-run, community design organization based at Cornell University.  DesignConnect provides practical experience to students through cooperation with local municipalities and non-profit organizations while providing design and planning services to groups that may not have the resources to hire professionals.

Last Thursday, DesignConnect held its first of several "Jam Sessions," meetings intended to provide resources and support for project groups. The DesignConnect Board went over how to balance group dynamics, how to communicate with clients, and how to develop project proposals.

This semester, DesignConnect has several exciting projects underway.  They include documenting brownfield sites in the city of Ithaca, planning a cuisine trail in Central New York, enhancing connections between downtown Ithaca and Six-Mile Creek, showing how tourist destinations of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls can be safer and more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, and providing recommendations on how to develop an abandoned shopping mall in the Town of Dewitt.  Check out DesignConnect's new website to find detailed project descriptions, pictures, and contact information.