We’re a rural community design center and outreach facility, originating from the Small Town Studio at Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Design, and Planning.
We are a rural community design center, part of CAMPESTRAL Inc. We offer design and planning services with flexible fees. We work with the small-town studio of Kansas State University. We offer realistic and workable solutions to rural problems. We use instinct and ingenuity. We have a simple and effective process. We are a regional center for rural engagement. We host events and exhibits for university and non-university participants. The Studio is a unique and innovative off-campus laboratory. We support students, faculty, professionals, and the community. Eureka Studio is an interdisciplinary initiative to address rural issues in Kansas. We offer strategies to make small communities stronger and more resilient. Eureka Studio engages various stakeholders in a design laboratory to explore alternatives for rural re-development.
In 2010 locals referred to Eureka Kansas as a “dying town”, not with anger or sadness, but with an eerie resolve.
It could be argued that Eureka was on a downward path for over a hundred years. In 2011, we met the Small-Town Studio at Kansas State University, a group of graduate architects and their professor Todd Gabbard from the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design. They came for a visit and accepted the challenge of an in-depth study of our community. They brought with them a wealth of knowledge, unbridled enthusiasm and an unstoppable energy.
It was a unique opportunity for our community to see the intersection of architecture, community and business. We started a conversation about possibilities and the process of architecture. That conversation continues three years later. The small town has always had a place and relevance in the culture of our nation. Now in this increasingly connected world, the small town is seeing a rebirth of interest and opportunity. The conversation has evolved from theory and process to real world projects. It is now about the work and the finished product. The students are realizing that the process of architecture is becoming very personal.
It is hard to see the future, to determine the effects of this conversation. It is abundantly clear that the small town has a future and we have been reminded that we can dream.
The students that have come to Eureka over the years have gone on to new challenges throughout the country and are making their mark. I feel confident to say that they will remember their time in Eureka. We will remember them.
Afterword: Small Town Stewardship: Found Context, Built Solutions Small Town Studio | 2014-2015
Our Mission Statement for Eureka:
- foster sustainable community growth, involvement, and education through planning and design.
- improve the overall health, social function and civic pride of the city by introducing public spaces.
- build a community vision, identity, and branding that citizens, visitors, and potential new residents can relate to and remember.
- repurpose and enhance the existing infrastructure in order to maintain the city’s historical identity and instill a new perspective on its future and its potential.
- introduce pedestrian-level connectivity throughout the city, including an improved sidewalk network and dedicated bicycle zones.
Small Town Studio 2013
SMALL TOWN STUDIO
Allison Parr Lee,
Elizabeth Inman Hall,
Join our team as an intern
We welcome volunteer interns who are dedicated to our mission. Internships are paid and unpaid and, academic credit and/or IDP credit may be awarded. At the conclusion of the internship, we will provide you with a written evaluation and references. Work with us, in return, we will help open any door you want to walk through.
STUDIO I – Architecture and Environmental Design
We provide residential and commercial space by reusing vacant buildings and adding new projects downtown. We use a systems approach with components and a simple structure to create housing units. They are clustered neighborhoods, infill houses and lofts downtown.
STUDIO II – Planning and business development incubator
We work on infrastructure, public spaces, parks and tourism strategies. We partner with private, community development non-profits, and government sectors. We develop and promote businesses.
STUDIO III – Design/Build and Partnership Development
We develop space for new creative workplaces in Small Towns. We help with business, education, studios and live-work facilities. We build boutique industry in renovation and local foods. We provide marketing, grant writing and business plans.
STUDIO VI – Web, Public Relations and Graphic Design
We are a web-based IT team for motion graphics, marketing and web portals. We have a video and technology lab. Our website has a news feed and information about the labs and people.
AN ACADEMY AWARD WINNING
A SIMPLE STORY OF REBIRTH.
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
WHEN HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENTS ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS
WE MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.
a movie by two freshmen from our local high school
a rural community design center