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A Plan For Bushnell Park - Elizabeth Petry

High Impact Practices

by Amelia Hemingway-Martin ‘18

Elizabeth Petry, a professor of architecture at UHart, uses High Impact Practices in her classroom. In her third year architecture class, Petry uses collaborative assignments/projects as a guideline for the master plan project. The students are divided up into teams to work together on a real world problem. At the end of the three-week process, they present their work and evaluate each other’s contributions. The real world project asks students to work as a team to make a plan for a future development in Bushnell Park in Hartford, Conn., which includes a site plan analysis.

Petry gave her students the planning board's specifications which includes retail, residential, commercial, medical, and governmental buildings. The plan must also include roadways, pedestrian walkways, and a parking garage. The students present the existing park plan, a park plan analysis diagram, a proposed program, a proposed park plan, and a project summary, schedule, and budget.

The high impact practice that Petry uses, collaborative assignments, focuses on teamwork. Many jobs after college are group based, so students get a head start on learning to manage multiple thoughts and ideas.

Master Plan at the Bushnell: Group C members (l-r) Daniel Sadowniczyk ’18, Jared Cormier ’18, Professor Elizabeth Petry, and Gabrielle Longobardi ’18 during AET 352 Architectural Design IV class.

Master Plan at the Bushnell: Group C members (l-r) Daniel Sadowniczyk ’18, Jared Cormier ’18, Professor Elizabeth Petry, and Gabrielle Longobardi ’18 during AET 352 Architectural Design IV class.

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