The Conway School is excited to present three design and planning projects completed by students this winter. The presentations will take place this Thursday, June 12 from 6:30PM-7:30PM at the Latino Professional Building, located at 225 High Street in Holyoke. The projects took place in Holyoke and Springfield and explore the topics of stormwater infrastructure, urban placemaking, and food security.

Thursday’s event follows an agreement signed by the Conway School with the City of Holyoke that officially launched the school’s Urban Collaborative this past January. Through this collaborative, Conway seeks to offer its design and planning expertise to meet some of Holyoke’s unique challenges and opportunities. Conway’s goals in Holyoke include: 1) completing ecological design and planning projects, 2) helping local residents attend the Conway School, 3) providing alumni as a resource for the community in all sectors, 4) offering educational opportunities for the general public, and 5) demonstrating the tremendous potential of America’s first planned city.

This week’s presentations showcase the Urban Collaborative’s first goal: completing student projects in Holyoke. The hour will include an overview of the Conway School and the Urban Collaborative, and the following student projects:

  • A “Green Streets Guidebook” prepared for the Holyoke Conservation Commission

  • A “Placemaking Ideabook” for the Holyoke Innovation District

  • A study of Springfield’s urban agriculture potential for the Springfield Food Policy Council

Please take note that High Street After 5, a community event organized by CRUSH and the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, takes place from 5 until 9 or 10. If you’re downtown to enjoy the arts, music, dance, food and drink on High Street, please consider stopping by the Latino Professional Building for Conway’s unique presentations.

To learn more about the Conway School’s Urban Collaborative in Holyoke, visit http://www.csld.edu/urban-design-collaborative.