Environmental Design Course Will Assist Recreation Area

A spring project will work in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area just in time for the National Park Service centennial year.

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Memories of Boley

Handwritten memories tied to the sense of place in an Oklahoma town.

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Then and Now

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The Art of Crossing the Street

Some of our favorite public art projects have turned the everyday act of crossing the street into something more fun. We shared the idea of colorful crosswalks when we visited Tahlequah last fall. Here are some artistic ways to cross the street around the world....

2015 Oklahoma Population Estimates

The Census Bureau recently released the newest population estimates for Oklahoma. These yearly estimates are used in allocating federal funds and resources. On July 1st, 2015, the state’s population was estimated to be 3,911,338, which is a gain of about 160,000...

Oklahoma Creative Communities

The Oklahoma Creative Communities project is a new initiative by Creative Oklahoma. 8 communities have been selected to participate in the project which will foster solutions to local problems that enhance creativity and quality of life. The project began March 18-19...

Sundial House Project

Students in the Historic Preservation Planning and Historic Buildings of Oklahoma course, led by Professor Ron Frantz, spent the Fall 2015 semester working on a project for the Sundial House in Northeast Oklahoma City. The course is part of the core curriculum for the...

Memories of Boley

Boley is a town with an amazing history as a thriving all-black community in Oklahoma, now known best for its annual Boley Rodeo. We visited last spring to meet with community members and help generate some ideas for community projects. We were struck by the vibrant...

Environmental Design Course Will Assist Recreation Area

Students in the Environmental Design Capstone Course recently toured the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the site of their spring 2016 project. The group is working with park staff Ken Ruhnke, Bill Wright, and Larry Bell to improve  amenities for visitors to this...

Bricktown Accessibility Review: Day 3

After site tours, discussions, and brainstorming on Day 1 and Day 2, the IQC team was ready to finalize graphics and explain concepts for a presentation to stakeholders this afternoon. Ron Frantz began the presentation with an extreme example of the two-level...

Bricktown Accessibility Review: Day 2

After collecting information and talking to Bricktown experts on Day 1, the IQC team got to work brainstorming ideas to increase access in Bricktown. We spent the morning defining important areas to focus on for a closer look, and thinking about how they could...

Bricktown Accessibility Review: Day 1

Working in collaboration with Downtown OKC, Inc., the IQC team has begun a project in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown to examine accessibility and walkability around the district’s signature canal. The Bricktown Canal presents unique challenges for...

Students Tour Automobile Alley, Art Exhibition

Students in the Historic Buildings of Oklahoma course (Division of Architecture) and the Historic Preservation Planning course (Environmental Design program) took a walking tour of Automobile Alley in downtown Oklahoma City on Monday, November 2. After starting the...

Okmulgee Rising

The IQC team enjoyed a visit to Okmulgee this week. With guidance from redevelopment expert Ron Drake, Okmulgee leaders from institutions like OSU Institute of Technology, Okmulgee Main Street, and the city government are all coming together to restore downtown...

Ron Frantz at Oklahoma Main Street Training

Ron Frantz had the opportunity to present IQC ideas and case studies related to walkability and commercial main streets at the Oklahoma Main Street Center’s Program Manager and Volunteer Training on August 4. The presentation includes data about how main streets...