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Urban Architecture Lab

Jeffrey Kruth (Architecture and Interior Design), Elizabeth Keslacy (Architecture and Interior Design), and John Blake (Center for Community Engagement in Over-the Rhine)

The Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement in Cincinnati is a decades-old alliance of community members, activists, non-profit institutions, and scholars. Since the 1960s, the People’s Movement has pursued social, racial, and ecological justice through the formation and operation of non-profit social welfare and advocacy institutions. Unpacking the Archive will collaborate with the People’s Movement to begin a process of preserving their legacy through the formation of an archive. The project will capture community members’ living memories to engage future generations of Cincinnati activists.

Unpacking the Archive is a project-based experiment in applied research and community engagement. Students will work together to produce a participatory exhibition that will be designed as much to present findings as it is to solicit stories and responses from visitors. Students will work with spatial mappings, historical narratives, photography and film, oral histories, and virtual models to design and install an exhibition in the Miami University Center for Community Engagement.


  • ARC427: The American City since 1944 (Fall 2020)
  • ARC405Z: Writing, Design, and Social Change: Unpacking the Archive (Summer 2021)


  • CAS320: Unpacking the Archive: Futuring Activisim in Over-the-Rhine (Fall 2021)
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