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April 11, 2019

UNL Students Imagine A Community Hub

Students with Professor Emily Andersen (in maroon) of DeOld Andersen Architecture

UNL Architecture Professor Emily Andersen, of DeOld Andersen Architecture, wanted students in her class to examine an actual site for a project in her Spring 2019 studio class. She chose a 9-acre Land Bank site at 41st and Grant Street and challenged the students to create a community hub surrounded by park area that provided habitat for urban wildlife.

Project Goals:

  • Consider the landscape as an equal player in the site development, creating both active and passive landscapes
  • Design will emphasize a future that integrates nature and green spaces into Omaha, providing habitat for other species
  • Design and architecture as a continuum of other conditions, not an isolated objectified condition
  • Foregrounding the activities, behaviors, use patterns, flows and dynamics of the projects’ living beings including humans, animals, insects, and plants
  • “Seeing” the site as a complex, multi-layered condition of the history, culture and dynamics of human settlement as well as the natural processes

Download the entire Project Guide.

We were more than impressed by the students’ site-sensitive designs and they gave us some great ideas for the future of the property.


We’re excited to announce that Omaha Permaculture is currently leasing the property in order to expand their work in the community – more details on that partnership coming soon!