The Westside Studio, in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah, conducts research in and with the neighborhoods west of State Street in Salt Lake City. Each year the Studio selects projects related to community development, urban design, economic development, green infrastructure, and/or arts & culture. The Studio emphasizes the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders from governmental agencies to neighborhood groups and individuals.
During the spring 2011 semester, both a Planning Workshop and parallel Architecture Studio focused on transforming the Jordan River from a line of division to a center of community activity, enjoyment, and interaction. To broaden the conversation, Mayor Ralph Becker hosted the first Mayor’s Symposium, Riverscape: Salt Lake City Meets the Jordan River, on February 17, 2011. Summer semester graduate planning students are working with community members and partners to highlight existing and emerging community assets and develop a vision for an integrated greenway network that strengthens the relationship of the river and the city and ties destinations meaningfully together. The fall undergraduate studio will examine options at integral sites along the river in more detail, to interpret the greenway vision at specific locations.