The plans in this collection represent the work of KPS Group, a firm focused on sustainable planning and design with offices in Birmingham and Atlanta. The plans are the product of Darrell Meyer, the firm’s director of planning and landscape architecture, Professor Emeritus at Auburn University and founder of the Master of Community Planning Program at Auburn and his staff of LEED accredited planners and landscape architects. The plans represent the best of city planning and urban design, downtown revitalization and preservation, and campus planning, and are essential documents in the continued development of communities across Alabama.
These posters are the work of the students of the Urban Studio, an outreach program of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Each poster is a graphic "snapshot" of an Alabama community’s Small Town Design Initiative. Distributed to every household in the community and displayed at the post office and city hall and in churches, schools and storefronts, the posters provide a tool for building constituent support, recruiting, and promoting the community, and reminding everyone of their town’s assets, opportunities and economic strategies for advancement. The posters become support material for grant requests, partnership building and promotion. A community with a plan is more competitive, and the poster allows the community to easily and effectively communicate their town’s potential.
This collection contains architectural renderings in watercolor created by students of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University). Some were prepared as class assignments, while others were entered into competitions. Some images depict historic buildings of Alabama and Georgia, many of which have been included in the Historic American Buildings Survey.
Design Alabama is a publication focusing on architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, and urban design and community planning in the State of Alabama.