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Design Connect is a multidisciplinary, student-run, community design organization based at Cornell University.

We foster the mutual exchange of expertise and experiential learning between Cornell students and local municipalities in Upstate New York. 


Participating in Design Connects provides students with practical experience and our partners with low-cost, viable design and planning services.




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Design Connect strives to empower both students and citizens by advancing collaborative, democratic, and sustainable design projects in Upstate New York.
We research, build consensus, generate ideas, and identify opportunities for our partner municipalities and non-profits.
We are a student-led organization housed in the Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP). Our teams are made up experienced and aspiring planners, architects, engineers, policy-writers, designers, and many more. Students from any degree program join a Design Connect team for credit and experience work outside the classroom while partnering with real communities.
Projects are announced at the beginning of each semester, and all students are encouraged to sign-up for a unique and impactful program.  


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