The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy announces our 13th Annual Planning Conference, to be hosted Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland. The conference will draw together community leaders, elected officials, planners, designers, entrepreneurs and farmers from around the region to discuss and envision the economic landscape of the Eastern Shore, Delmarva and rural areas throughout the region.
This Spring, students from Temple University's Tyler School of Art (Architecture & Landscape Architecture Departments) began working with the St. Michaels community and ESLC's Center for Towns to develop a pedestrain network around and throughout the town as well as provide architectural design recommendations for a community YMCA facility.
In the Fall of 2012, the Town of Marydel, ESLC's Center for Towns and graduate students from Morgan State University's School of Architecture + Planning began working to help this border town identify it's greatest challenges, develop solutions and work to build capacity in the town to implement those solutions through the second place work[s]hop.
In the Fall of 2011, with support from the Town Creek Foundation, the Town of Easton and ESLC's Center for Towns coordinated a community design process to create a plan for an 11 acre brownfield site along the Tred Avon River. Students from Philadelphia University's Landscape Architecture program proposed five designs that would reclaim public access to the lands and waterways of Easton's riverfront.
Through the place work[s]hop that took place in East New Market, the community identified and acquired a piece of town's historical character which was in danger of being lost due to development. In the Fall of 2011, with support from UMES Rural Development Center, students from Philadelphia University's Landscape Architecture program and the staff of ESLC's Center for Towns worked with the community to develop a conceptual site plan that would increase public access to this open green space and bring awareness to this significant piece of local character.
A team of residents, town leaders, Urban Dialogues, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and eventually many more - merged our missions, our ideas and our methods into the first application of place work[s]hop for the Town of East New Market.