Starting this final semester in the Downtown Las Vegas studio is exciting for many reasons. With the focus of this studio being Urban Design, this is a somewhat familiar area of studio. We have done Urban Design in previous studios but they have been in Ames. Having our project in Downtown Las Vegas allows us to learn about a city that many of us feel like we already know due to what we have read or heard about and allows us to peel back layers of such a unique city to better understand what can be done to improve this part of the city.
Another element that is exciting is that this studio has fourteen students. For the past three and a half years, we have had thirty-six students with two professors. This has been fun for the social aspect but on days where there are critiques, it can get long. With fewer students, critiques can be more in depth and allow us to spend the appropriate time on each project.