AUP+D’s Rebuild Joplin Studio performed preliminary research on regional trends and an analysis of demographic, economic, and social data, conducted a site survey of the region, and held several stakeholder meetings in Joplin. Using the knowledge gained from the research and analysis the students developed three redevelopment alternatives as a way to illustrate potential long-range outcomes in the region. On October 14-15, the students presented during the Citizen Advisory Recovery Team sponsored and American Institute of Architects hosted design charrette in Joplin. Many of the background materials, base maps, and demographic analysis provided to each of the four design groups in the charrette were developed by UMKC. The Rebuild Joplin Studio proved to be a profound benefit to the overall design process. The students gave a presentation on their background analysis to the assembled design professionals, and a second presentation directly to the CART regarding their redevelopment alternatives. The Rebuild Joplin Studio’s focus on revitalizing downtown, focusing development along the Main Street corridor, and creating a memorial boulevard that loosely follows the path of destruction with mixed-use, walkable, and local serving commercial nodes were all supported.
The students worked with elected officials, decision-makers, other academic institutions and the broader community to assist the recovery efforts through research and analysis that would lead to a new model of development in the region with the ultimate goal of rebuilding a more coherent, vibrant and sustainable Joplin of the future.