This project began as a course in 2006 as a result of the vision and funding of the Fanning Institute, with significant participation from the College of Environment and Design. It continued each summer through 2010, as an internship, as part of an ongoing effort to help the communities along the lower Chattahoochee River corridor find ways to develop without destroying their unique environments.
This studio is a step through time. Students explore Native American sites as well as the effects of King Cotton—how it was grown, shipped and harvested, and the mills along the river — and the culture it produced. Recreational opportunities abound, including hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this studio course is the people encountered along the way. From Columbus to Chattahoochee, Fl. students and faculty meet interesting people with diverse and colorful stories to tell. Fieldwork is complemented by weeks of presentations by people involved in all aspects of planning and land use, lending a real-world view of the complexity of sustainable design.
To learn more about Project Riverway, visit their website.