Alfred State College
Alfred State College students completed a community visualization study of the Allegany County village of Andover, New York, to help the residents and municipal officials envision potential strategies for preserving and revitalizing their existing business district into a walkable village focused on promoting heritage tourism. Working individually and in small groups, students researched and documented the subject area and completed a Neighborhood Development Analysis, including a visual survey of the defined neighborhood pattern and design of the existing community. Students then returned to the village and used a charrette process to generate conceptual ideas for future development. The students and design professionals then assisted the community members in visualizing their ideas, and at the end of the day, each team made a brief presentation to the entire group. The initial research was used as a point of departure to illustrate a positive vision for preservation, sustainability, and growth of the Village of Andover through community engagement. The overall goal through student engagement of the community was to develop an inclusive Community Visualization Study that demonstrates a series of phased design interventions.