American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Student Project Awards Jury, selected the project “Old
West End Neighborhood Action Plan” as a winner of a 2014 AICP Student Project
Award for 2014.
The project was completed by Lisa Dunaway’s PLAN 302
studio class in fall 2013, and details recommendations for the Old West End
Neighborhood Association in Muncie, including housing, infrastructure, land
use, safety, and quality of life.
The Old West End
Neighborhood Action Plan (OWENAP) is a citizen-generated policy regarding the
future of the neighborhood, and contains initiatives that are developed by the residents
of the neighborhood. The OWENAP falls under the umbrella of the Muncie
Action Plan, which is a strategic guide for the city to create an action agenda
for the future.
Over the course of the
semester, the students’ knowledge of planning grew to include such skills as
public speaking, professional report writing, and survey creation. They
also discovered many sources of information that are helpful to community
development including making connections with local organizations, researching
grant opportunities, and the importance of establishing relationships within a
community. An important take-away from the project is that students learned the
interdependence of the built and social environments, a lesson that will stay
with them for the rest of their professional career.
Lisa Dunaway, AICP, LEED
AP, has taught the Urban and Neighborhood Analysis Studio for three
years. Students involved in the project were Ty Adley, Adam Beauchot,
Davonte Caldwell, Erin Cotant, Chelsea Fenimore, Taylor Firestine, Dylan
Fisher, Ellen Forthofer, Brock Goodwin, Daniel Greenfield, Haley James, Seth
Koons, Nathan Law, Charles Russell, Mackenzie Thibault, and Derek Walker.
The project will be
recognized with an Honor Award, given in recognition of special achievement by
undergraduate planning students. The award will be presented at the Annual
Meeting and Leadership Honors Ceremony at the 2014 American
National Planning Conference in Atlanta.
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