January 19, 2014
Students from the University of Virginia School of Architecture put their heads together this week to create a more community-friendly Route 29.
Students presented their plans Sunday at the Carver Recreation Center.
Teams were made up of students from each of the school's four departments. The workshop pushed all students to work together.
Last week, they took a five-mile walk on the road to identify its problems. They had to consider factors like changes to the economy, transportation and the environment to create a plan for the road decades down the line.
Students had less than a week to come up with models and solutions.
"So we looked at the people who use it and we found that 67 percent of the people that go through Route 29 are stopping somewhere there, and so we thought what if we got to a point where we didn't need them to all get there by car, it could be part natural, part constructed," architecture graduate student Mohamed Ismail said.
There were three different awards presented on Sunday. Winners were chosen by faculty and a public vote.