URS Students See Theory in Practice at Ithaca's Chain Works District

A group of college students look out the windows of a disused factory in Ithaca New York
Students in Principals of Site Planning and Urban Design toured the site of a proposed mixed use facility in Ithaca, New York. photo / William Staffeld
A group of college students touring a disused factory in Ithaca New York
The Ithaca Chain Works District is being developed on the former Morse Chain facility on Ithaca's South Hill. photo / William Staffeld
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February 10, 2017

Students in Principals of Site Planning and Urban Design, a class taught by Associate Professor Thomas J. Campanella in CRP, took several field trips during the fall semester. One such trip was to the site of a proposed urban-style "live, work, play" mixed-use project known as the Chain Works District, located on the site of the former Emerson Power Transmission plant on Ithaca's South Hill.

The class focused on the theory, art, and science of physical planning, urban design, and sustainable placemaking. As the students walked through the former factory complex, they saw how key theories of urban spatial design and pedestrian-oriented planning, approaches to the mapping and analysis of urban space, and regulatory mechanisms — such as form-based codes — are used to create good city form.

The group was joined by David Lubin, managing partner of L Enterprises, LLC, whose firm is involved with several mixed-use development projects in Ithaca. Other firms involved in the development of the Chain Works District include Austin + Mergold, the architecture firm of Aleksandr Mergold (B.Arch '00), associate professor in architecture.