Throughout the spring of 2016, architecture students from Woodbury University completed and built two new projects for the Bowtie as part of the Agency for Civic Engagement (ACE) Spring Design Studio. Students and faculty met periodically with staff from the California State Parks and Clockshop in order to obtain feedback and guidance, as they engaged in a comprehensive urban/rural design studio that focused on long term site planning, and short-term temporary use. The primary goal of the studio is to explore the potential of low technology, high impact design interventions as a means of better understanding community needs along this future public park site in Northeast Los Angeles.
The ACE Center promotes civic engagement among students and faculty via projects with non-profit groups that are dedicated to social and environmental justice. Students work collaboratively across Woodbury’s disciplines to combine their skills and test their fields of study on real projects for the public good. Projects include architectural design/build works where students build small tactical structures; business plans for organizations; graphic design including way-finding signage and logos; films and videos promoting a message; journalistic and creative writing; and other services.