The mission of the Urban Design Studio (UDS) is to raise the community’s awareness of better design practices for our built environment with a focus on moving our city and region towards a vibrant, equitable and resilient future for all.
Through design charrette facilitation, workshops, meetings, classes and general outreach to the community, the UDS offers a central location to discuss issues in the community and work in a collaborative environment to come up with creative solutions for the betterment of all.The UDS serves as a classroom, meeting point, resource base, and exhibition space. Professors and practitioners cultivate various research endeavors throughout the year and periodically join forces on special issues.
The UDS frequently holds planning and design charrettes and discussion forums that help increase the level of public involvement. In addition, the UDS conducts research and spatial analysis, develops conceptual site plans, massing models and other analytical tools related to urban design, and produces graphics, maps and reports. Reaching out to broader audiences, the UDS also serves as a gallery space for exhibits of art, design, and urban planning-related works.
The ability to draw from a regional pool of talented professionals, academics and students provides the UDS with a unique ability to research and respond to a broad range of urban design issues.
A lot of people have helped make projects by the Urban Design Studio possible over the years. From the Graduate Research Assistants to fellow urban planners, University of Louisville faculty and alum. We can't list them all here, but we will try.
The work we do at the Urban Design Studio takes a great deal of collaboration beyond the studio walls. We will continue to add new collaborators who contribute to writing Field Notes, develop projects and build momentum for positive change in our community.
Located at 1606 Rowan Street in the University of Louisville's Portland neighborhood facility, the design studio shares space with UofL's Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHe) and the Hite Art Institute's Portland MFA Studio. During non-COVID times the studio space is used for Master of Urban Planning classes, community meetings, ideation sessions, urbanism gallery and other outreach events. Patrick Piuma, the Director of the UDS also has an office in the space. We are looking forward to a point when it will be safe to open the space up to the public again.