CityLab Orlando (Website) is an off-campus program run by the University of Florida, in their Graduate School of Architecture, and is located in Downtown Orlando.
The three-year program teaches students about architecture and urban theory, and allows for individual research opportunities using the City as a “learning laboratory.”
The Spring 2017 semester students have been retrofitting a couple of shipping containers, under the guidance of Stephen Bender, an architect specializing in shipping containers, that will be installed in two separate neighborhoods in town, to be used as mobile centers for urban farming and bicycle repair. The class, Advanced Studio II, allowed the students a chance to apply skills like welding, carpentry, design, and more, to the project.
The shipping containers are expected to be finished and installed by this fall, locations to be announced later.
Bender informed Bungalower that CityLab is a growing program that is looking forward to creating new projects each year that can have an impact on the City’s growing neighborhoods.