This rendering shows what could possibly fit into a vacant lot located in Asheville, N.C.

This semester, 21 students created original designs for a vacant lot in downtown Asheville.

CLEMSON, South Carolina — In partnership with the Asheville Design Center, 21 students from Clemson University’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities have conceptualized what can be done with the available space at Page and Hayward streets. From 5-7 p.m. on Friday, their designs will be available for public viewing at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.

“Creating learning opportunities that allow our students to engage with communities off campus gives them the chance to see how they can directly impact the world,” said architecture professor Doug Hecker.

Over the course of the spring semester, students learned about the community’s interest and concerns surrounding the downtown property. Thirteen teams were assigned the task of designing a park, something many of the area’s stakeholders would like to see.

“The definition of ‘park’ is ambiguous making this a challenging and exciting project,” said professor Ufuk Ersoy. “Students had the opportunity to be creative and design what they felt would fit best resulting in 13 very different plans. We hope that residents will join us on Friday to review these drawings and see the many ways the space can be utilized.”

Clemson’s partnership with the Asheville Design Center will continue this summer. During an eight-week course, Hecker will work with students who will assist with the design and implementation of a community garden in a portion of the space until the park’s design is finalized.

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