Significant recent changes to the development plan and the newly accelerated schedule for plaza groundbreaking offer a unique opportunity to study design and programming alternatives for the plaza. Heeding recommendations of the community-driven PPS report, the Open Space Initiative Group (OSIG) asked representatives of University of Colorado Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning to develop detailed design alternatives. In December 2007, the Friends of Union Station (FUS) offered to support OSIG in this study. Several co-sponsors will also contribute funding to the UC Denver studio project.
Jeremy Németh, PhD, assistant professor of Planning and Design at UCD, agreed to act as Principal Investigator for the project. From January 22 to May 15, 2008, Professor Németh will supervise 16 graduate-level planning, architecture and urban design students in the Advanced Planning Studio course. Faculty members from the College of Architecture and Planning will advise students with regular project reviews and guest lectures, while several stakeholders involved in the project will present their work throughout the semester.