The community of Green River invited University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning students, led by Erin Carraher, to design sculptural and functional structures on multiple sites in downtown Green River. Using vernacular inspiration and focusing on specific activities (eg. resting), the students proposed multiple installations, but one project was selected to be built and installed. Forty students and two faculty members in addition to Carraher traveled to, engaged with, and responded to Green River’s unique past and opportunity-rich present to help envision ways of empowering the community through creative placemaking to strategically shape the physical and social character of the place around arts and cultural activities.
The final project chosen by members of the Green River community was a series of lighted benches that would be placed along Broadway. The design was modified to fit the constraints of Green River’s downtown and the benches were fitted with solar panels.
This project built on the previous design/build projects with the University and Erin Carraher (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture New Faculty Teaching Award, 2016) in Green River including the viewing apparatuses on Monument Hill and the sculptural benches at Goose Point.