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Appalachian Teaching Project

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Alfred State College

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Alfred State College

Allegany County has one of the highest poverty rates in New York State, and is home to a number of small communities, such as Bolivar, with limited resources and part-time governments.  These villages and towns need assistance in many ways that include developing plans to assist them in creating a vision for their future sustainability.  Without this support, communities have a difficult time with long-range planning and have no documentation to assist them in obtaining grant funding for projects such as façade improvements and small-scale infrastructure repair and replacement. In Fall 2019, Professor William Dean will lead one section of the Architecture and Design Department’s Urban Design Studio in partnering with the Village and Town of Bolivar as the subject for the semester’s Appalachian Teaching Project.  This will be the first year of a two-year project working in coordination with the Allegany County Department of Planning, and continues Alfred State’s 20-year commitment to enhance the quality of the built environment in Allegany County and the surrounding region through the promotion of sound design and planning principles.  Under the supervision of Professor Dean, the 14 fourth-year architecture students will apply their education in architecture, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and urban design to the challenges facing Bolivar.


Contact Information

Craig R. Clark, PE
Dean, School of Applied Technology
Alfred State College
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
Telephone:  (607) 587-2102


Previous Conference Participation 

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