My partner is part of a group of graduate students at Parsons who have been working to design and build a laundromat and community information center in DeLisle, Mississippi. The student-lead team worked from January to May to design the building and plan its construction, then moved to DeLisle for the summer where they lived and worked to build the structure. The project has been very well received:
- It was displayed in a group exhibit at the 2006 Venice Biennale.
- It was featured in September 2006 edition of Architecture magazine (one of four articles linked off this month’s homepage for the magazine). To highlight the student-run nature of the project, the magazine had the students write their own article and submit their own photos, which were taken by Laura. (Update 2010-10-18, the link for this article is now dead unfortunately.)
- Dwell Magazine published an article in June of 2007 (Update 2010-10-18, this link has also stopped working).
- Allegedly NBC planned some coverage, but I’m not sure if it was ever released. Let me know if you find it.
- The New York Times published an article in November of 2006.
- The American Institute of Architects awarded the project an AIA New York State Design Award in September of 2006.
For more information about the project, click through their flickr photo page. For more information about the Parsons Design Workshop in general have a look through the following links:
- 2005 Retrospective announcement
Writeup of the 2005 project