Polytechnic Heights Community-Based Master Plan Exhibit

Saturday, Jul 31, 2021


Congratulations to Joowon Im, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture and Dennis Chiessa, assistant professor of Architecture for their exhibit at the Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio in the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth. The project brought landscape architecture and architecture together and could not have happened without the help of local FWISD schools and Community Design Fort Worth. Dr. Im's Landscape architecture students produced the community-based master plan in conjunction with architecture students from Professor Chiessa's design studio and comments from stakeholders and design experts.

The CAPPA Conference and Workshop Grant for the Advancement of Diversity provided funding for this project. It was presented at the CAPPA Open City Symposium in April 2021 as a critical discussion component. 

The design team collaborated with various community stakeholders, including Texas Wesleyan University, Polytechnic High School, William James Middle School, United FW Justice Center, business owners, community residents, and others.

Using a participatory design process and avoiding top-down approaches, the work is intended to bring community members together to identify great community resources, examine the neighborhood history and create a shared vision for Polytechnic Heights. The project aims to bring community people together to discover excellent community resources, analyze neighborhood history, and establish a shared vision for Polytechnic Heights through a participatory design process that avoids top-down approaches.

The Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio & Gallery is open to visitors Tuesday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.