Community Engagement-UDBS - Carnegie Mellon University

Community Engagement

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The story of The PURIFLUME starts before the involvement of the UDBS.  The grassroots movement to reclaim a vacant public pool for the community of Lawrenceville started a chain effect that would lead to the realization of The PURIFLUME.  This image dates back to a design workshop that the Leslie Park Pool Collective (LPPC) hosted months before CMU students were involved.  A child re-imagines what the vacant space could become.

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LPPC would then approach UDBS director and professor John Folan with the opportunity to be involved in the adaptive re-use of a growing detriment in the Lawrenceville neighborhood.  The UDBS students would engage the community of Lawrenceville in the Urban Laboratory  Studio in a series of community meetings.  Interactive activites were generated as a method of studying the community and receiving input from residents.  The image shows UDBS students at the first community meeting with a physical model that asked residents to put down various pins of what they found to be strengths, weakness, places of significance, and ideas for the future of their neighrborhood.  Other actvities in the meeting focused on desires, and needs.

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The UDBS and Urban Lab Studio at the second community meeting in Lawrenceville. 

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At the third meeting, the UDBS would present 3 different schemes for the vacant Leslie Park Pool.  Community members are encourage to provide feedback as we see a resident put up a post it with her comment. 

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At the same meeting UDBS students engage with residents in discussion regarding the communities' ideas and opinions.

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Many more meetings would follow with the steering committee of the project, various agencies such as the City Parks department, and Senator Ferlo, a resident of Lawrenceville, who took great interest in the developing project.

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The UDBS team here met with the mayor's office and the City Parks department downtown in further advancing the project.

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A major milestone in The PURIFLUME would be the "Meeting of the Minds" that occurred for the realization of The PURIFLUME.  Attending the meeting would a host of agencies from the city to discuss issues of public safety, permitting, and any other concerns.

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A series of design reviews with different agencies and entities would occur through out the spring design phase.  The first full prototype is seen here with Senator Ferlo and Baker Engineer representatives. 

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Baker engineering representatives in a workshop with students for the mechanical systems design.

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At the first deployment we have (from left to right) UDBS Director John Folan, Susan Englert (LPPC), Brad Duda (Baker), Mike Gable (Construction Junction), Senator Jim Ferlo, Batia Rascoe (LPPC), Brennen Murray (Ford), Ron Ciucci (Baker).