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Environmental and interior design students at Block Blitz Environmental and interior design students at Block Blitz
Environmental and interior design students paint panels at Block Blitz Environmental and interior design students paint panels at Block Blitz
Environmental and interior design students paint panels at Block Blitz Environmental and interior design students paint panels at Block Blitz
An environmental and interior design student paints at Block Blitz | Photo courtesy Home HeadQuarters An environmental and interior design student paints at Block Blitz | Photo courtesy Home HeadQuarters
The students' work is installed in the vacant home's windows The students' work is installed in the vacant home's windows
The students' work is installed in the vacant home's windows | Photo courtesy Home HeadQuarters The students' work is installed in the vacant home's windows | Photo courtesy Home HeadQuarters
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During the Fall 2017 semester, fourth-year environmental and interior design (EDI) students taught by Professors Lucinda Havenhand and Seyeon Lee in the School of Design volunteered for Block Blitz, an annual community revitalization event organized by Home HeadQuarters in Syracuse. Block Blitz brings together homeowners, community partners, skilled contractors, and volunteers who donate their time and talents to help clean up, landscape, paint, and repair as many homes as possible in a single day in a high-need neighborhood. The EDI students painted colorful panels to replace the missing and broken windows of one vacant home on the South Side of Syracuse.

Lee says the students have been working on a semester-long design studio project that proposed to green-retrofit vacant homes in Syracuse. 

"While our participation in the Block Blitz brought a great opportunity to engage design students with the local community, this event also aligned with the students’ design goals to improve a part of Syracuse where help is needed," she says.

To see more photos of the event, visit www.homehq.org/block-blitz/