Design Days is an annual event the Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional & Community Planning hosts, bringing together landscape architecture and planning students to apply creativity, design and problem solving to a project in our community. Design Days is an exciting two-day design event that tackles contemporary issues as well as introduces the collaborative culture of our programs to incoming students. In the past the students have worked on developing creative solutions for developing a more bike-friendly city, creating food producing landscapes on campus, and rethinking recycling at K-State.
This year, during a two-day design charette, August 27-28, LA/RCP students will imagine a future Manhattan, Kansas where K-State is a top 50 U.S. research institution, NBAF is in operation, and the city has grown. Before the event, community residents will be invited to share their desires for the future of Manhattan via a wish ticket. Teams of students will develop plans and designs illustrating a future Manhattan shaped by these community wishes.
Wishes will be collected from July to early August. Community members may place their written wishes in boxes located at Manhattan businesses; during presentations to civic and business organizations; or, electronically via Twitter, Facebook and our blog:
A public exhibit of student’s work will be part of the 2013 Purple Power Play in the Park, the evenings of Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday August 29. Design Days 2013 is supported by the City of Manhattan, The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Purple Power Play on Poyntz.