Exhibit and Presentation: Building Resilient and Sustainable Communities--The Priest River-University of Idaho Partnership

Wednesday, December 9 2009 at 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM


The College of Art and Architecture invites the University community to view an exhibit and presentations of its community-student collaboration for the future of the city of Priest River.

In partnership with Priest River community, school district, URA, Priest River Advisory Council and EPA-Brownfield’s specialist, students and faculty from the College of Art and Architecture Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Architecture, the Building Sustainable Communities (BSCI)Bioregional Planning and Community Design program and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Extension, have been working together on as series of projects that examine needs, challenges, visions and diverse planning and design narratives at the community and regional level.

The displays highlight the fall 2009 hands-on interdisciplinary service-learning experiences that four University classes had with the city of Priest River. The displays feature work from an architecture and landscape architecture studios and from a bioregional planning and community design class.

View the student works on Wednesday, Dec. 9:
  • 12:30-2 p.m.: Architecture, Ridenbaugh Gallery
  • 2:30-5:30 p.m.: Landscape architecture, Idaho Commons Crest Room
Priest River, the students found, "a place on the cusp of possibilities; a place that is defined by water, timber, railroad, hard work, heartache, resilience, and many stories, has been significantly impacted by the economic downturn, yet it is determined to forge ahead. The echoes of lives lived and dreams of futures culminate as university and community partner to see, to respect, to envision, and to make new realities that are rooted in the Priest River identity and ethos, history, core values of hard work, connection to the land - and one that adapts to changing demographics, ecologies, and economics."