Student-faculty teams are working throughout the state to improve Indiana citizens’ quality of life through hands-on, problem-focused experiences. Our signature method is to work alongside community partners through charrettes—intense, on-location community design workshops that build innovative plans with local input.

Hundreds of projects have addressed the following issues and more:

  • affordable housing
  • urban and suburban growth planning
  • economic revitalization
  • transportation
  • land use challenges
  • historic preservation
  • energy efficiency

Want to partner with us? We offer low- to no-cost assistance for businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods, and communities with qualifying research and community-engagement projects. Let’s discuss the possibilities.

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Project Criteria

We take on a wide range of projects that meet the following criteria and align with our mission. Projects must:

  • provide students with viable learning experiences in urban planning and design, citizen participation methods, and neighborhood revitalization
  • be community-based, problem-focused, and hands-on
  • offer our students the opportunity to inform and educate the public about critical community planning, revitalization, and development efforts
  • engage our students in gathering accurate, unbiased information and objective comparisons of alternative strategies and proposals
  • include opportunities for analysis, programming, planning, and design synthesis of urban environments

Centers and Labs Dedicated to Community

The following centers and labs support our efforts to provide Indiana communities with low- or no-cost expertise while offering students excellent opportunities for real-world experience: