Five College Consortium

Upcoming symposium to explore value of town-gown collaborations

Holyoke Community-Campus Partnerships: What Have We Learned?
 A Reflection on Community and Design

Friday Nov. 7 – Sunday November 9, 
Holyoke and Amherst, MA

An upcoming Five Colleges symposium will explore the value of collaborations between higher education and communities, focusing on the field of urban design. Experts from Boston, New Haven and Detroit will participate with Five College faculty members and community leaders in “Holyoke Community-Campus Partnerships: What Have We Learned?
 A Reflection on Community and Design” in downtown Holyoke and on the campus of Amherst College.

Issues addressed during the symposium will include how campus-community collaborations are perceived from each perspective, what aspects of such collaborations work best for local stakeholders, and what lessons that can be learned from urban design collaborations in different cities. One goal of the symposium, which is free and open to the public, is to bring all attendees into the discussion, sharing experiences from Holyoke and beyond. Invited practitioners from the Yale Urban Design Workshop, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the Community Design Resource Center of Boston ensure a broad perspective will be brought to the event.

For more information, contact Maria Cartagena at 413-539-3441, or visit the Amherst College website.


Friday, Nov 7, 5:00 pm
Welcoming reception, White Rose Bookstore, Holyoke

Saturday, Nov 8, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Panel discussions and working sessions,
 Picknelly Center, 206 Maple Street, Holyoke

Sunday, Nov 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Presentations from invited educators and practitioners followed by open discussion about Holyoke, community, and design
Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College, Amherst

The symposium is sponsored by the city of Holyoke, Five College Architectural Studies, Boston Foundation for Architecture, Five Colleges Consortium, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

For more information, contact
Maria Cartagena