Students Travel to Muskogee

Students have been working on a Muskogee Downtown Plan.

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Community Hope Workshop

Learn about a workshop held in downtown Muskogee to gather community feedback.

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We Art Lindsey Street

Sunday, December 4 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sooner Legends 1200 24th Ave, Norman IQC is partnering with the Norman Arts Council to produce a kick-off workshop for artists planning to apply for a grant for placemaking projects on Lindsey Street. Lindsey Street is one of...

Small City Urban Renewal and Central Malls

Urban renewal policies of the mid-20th Century were not limited to major cities. Regional cities and small towns also implemented urban renewal programs. This post shows five cities of under 100,000 in population that built central shopping malls as part of Urban...

Central Muskogee Population

As in many cities, the central part of Muskogee has lost population over the last several decades. In the 1970 Census, four central neighborhoods accounted for 18,000 people- Nearly half of Muskogee's 1970 population of 37,000. However, by 2010, the Census showed a...

Downtown Muskogee: A Landscape of Hope

Symbolic Sequence of Planning Process We call this planning effort Downtown Muskogee: A Landscape of Hope. What is a hopeful city? How is hopefulness of a people related to the growth of a town? Can we make a plan based on hope? Collective hope is not the same as...

Environmental Design Students Study Bricktown Public Life

One of the key sources of data for understanding city life is traffic count information. Cities collect detailed information about the number of cars that travel down major streets each day. However, cities rarely collect similar information about people walking or...

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...