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Helping Humanize and Change the Face of Richmond Design

The Service-Learning course "Middle of Broad" was featured in the Feb. 9 Style Weekly article, "Mob Wild: How One VCU Class is Helping Humanize and Change the Face of Richmond Design."

The class takes the energy and creativity of students and matches them with local, professional mentors and volunteers to strategize, build and incorporate good design projects for a healthier Richmond.

This semester some of the projects already scheduled include working with Rag and Bones Bicycle Co-Op in Scott’s Addition to help transform an underused parking lot into a bike-in outdoor movie theater. They’re also working on creative ways to develop a wrap to protect a water tower near Broad Street and the Boulevard.

Founded in 2012, MOB is the brainchild of three VCU faculty friends — Kristin Caskey from fashion, John Malinoski from graphic design and Camden Whitehead from interior design.

“This is a class that runs like a design studio in the real world,” Caskey says. “I think as far as a big dream, we would love to have this become a place where students graduate from the nation’s top school of arts and design and stay in Richmond to become designers by having fellowships where they really serve the city.”

Read the full article.

Photo credit: Style Weekly