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Architecture students studying Route 66

Students and faculty members from the OU College of Architecture

OU College of Architecture Students Conduct Project Study on Historic Route 66 in Tulsa

January 22, 2014

For more information, contact:
Glenda Silvey, 918-660-3317

Tulsa, Okla. – Two groups of students from the OU College of Architecture are involved in a service  learning opportunity focused on a stretch of historic Route 66 in Tulsa.  “String of Pearls” is an urban design project to explore ideas for improving improve a portion of 11th Street, formerly Route 66, in Tulsa, by creating a unique cultural experience focusing on folk Art, kitsch and Americana.

Last fall, graduate students from the Urban Design Studio at OU-Tulsa conducted research and engaged the local community to gather knowledge for a design competition brief to be used by third-year OU architecture and graduate landscape architecture students in Norman this spring. Interdisciplinary design teams of four or five students will each focus on the redesign of one of seven major intersections: the “pearls along the string.” Their work will be shared with the public during exhibits in Norman and Tulsa.

In addition to creating an authentic cultural experience based on Route 66’s past, students will address several other objectives: resolving the divergent perception of Route 66, often called “America’s Main Street,” with Tulsa’s 11th Street;  find ways to attract visitors to the city; integrate disengaged institutions into their urban design schemes;  and strengthen the weak nodes of activity at the intersections. The students are guided by OU faculty members, Shawn Schaefer, Kevin Anderson, Stephanie Pilat, Dawn Jourdan, Scott Williams and Jay Yowell, assisted by a twelve- person professional steering committee representing businesses, institutions and local government. The project is sponsored by the Signage Foundation, Inc., Bama Companies, Cherry Street Farmers’ Market and Karen Gray, Ph.D.