Design studio develops plans for communities

By Debbie Dalhouse

Wiles and Childers working on a projectCommunities across the state have received free planning and design assistance from a public service studio in Clemson’s department of planning and landscape architecture.

Called a.LINE.ments, the multi-disciplinary design studio involves graduate and undergraduate students in projects that address problems in local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2006, more than 270 Clemson students have helped create community master plans, parks, streetscapes, playgrounds and civic spaces.

Student designs often lead to grants to put the designs into practice. Two projects being implemented are a park with activities for people with disabilities in Greenwood and improved pedestrian walkways in Fountain Inn to provide safe routes to schools.

The studio is directed by Mary Beth McCubbin, a lecturer in planning and landscape architecture, and funded by donations from communities and clients served. In March, the S.C. Commission on Higher Education selected a.LINE.ments for the 2009 Service Learning Award because of the studio’s impacts on the communities it serves.


For information: Mary Beth McCubbin, 864-888-7286,