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Smart Growth

Small Town Design Initiative/Fifth Year Architecture Studio

Submitted by Cheryl Morgan, Professor and Director, Center for Architecture & Urban Studies (CAUS), Auburn University.

Since 1999, Auburn University's Small Town Design Initiative has provided design services to small towns across Alabama. Small Town Design Initiative/Fifth Year Architecture Studio provides students with a practical outlet for their classroom experiences and provides needed services to small towns and rural areas. The projects show how smart growth principles can be used in small towns to strengthen the local economy, enhance community character, and encourage more traditional development.

In this prospectus, Professor Morgan discusses work from two studios, outlines the methods by which the work is conducted, and discusses how the work evolved. The two studios (Cordova and Gordo, Alabama) and the final products from three other towns (Guin, Brighton, and College Hills) are in the CAUS Small Town Design Initiative final design postersExit

See more examples of course prospectuses that teach smart growth concepts at colleges and universities.

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