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Drury Architecture Outreach

Drury University uses its architecture school to serve Ozarks communities through outreach. KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports.

Drury University in Springfield initiated a new research and service section of the Hammons School of Architecture to help students and local communities work together to create more stable communities.

Jay Garrott is the Director of the "Center for Community Studies" at Hammons School of Architecture.

He says this program developed from a community outreach studio at Drury.

He says the "Center for Community Studies" focuses on interdisciplinary community development.

Garrott says both students and the community benefit from the partnership.

He says students work with hands-on projects to create designs that better the communities throughout the Ozarks.

Garrott says the "Center for Community Studies" has completed several regional projects.

Some of the those projects include Master Planning Strategies for a Mixed-use Housing and Retail Development in Springfield, West Central Neighborhood Guidelines, and recommendations for street beautifications for entryways into Springfield.

Garrott says the program is currently working on planning strategies for an area west of Southwest Missouri State University from Kimbrough through Campbell streets.

Jay Garrott says the "Center for Community Studies" is always looking for ideas to work with the community.

For more information about the "Center for Community Studies" or to recommend project ideas call 873-7371.