All HSA students take a community-based studio coordinated by the school’s Center for Community Studies (CCS), the interdisciplinary research and academic outreach component of our curriculum. The mission of the CCS is to assist the regional community in exploring and promoting innovative planning, design, and development practices that respond to the challenges of our contemporary and future society and foster a healthier and sustainable habitat for our global community.
Community studios allow students to work with real community members on diverse design and planning problems, sharpening their skills of listening, facilitation, and communication, and emphasizing the importance of broad community participation in design decisions. For over 20 years, CCS studios have enriched and helped communities throughout our region. Recent projects have included visioning studies in Springfield, Mt. Vernon, Noel, Anderson, Pineville, and Houston, Missouri.
In the past 12 years, the Center for Community Studies has completed:
During the past 12 years, approximately 380 students have gone through the Center for Community Studies’ Community Studio. Assuming that throughout the course of the semester each student averaged 20 hour per week on the project that would equate to:
Another way of assessing the benefit to the communities served is by looking at the monies received by the communities because of the visioning assistance from the Center for Community Studies. This is harder to calculate completely, but an indication can be determined by looking at six communities: