CollaborationsTelling Stories Together
OUR DIVERSE STORY: A Collaborative Project with the Students of the University of Toledo’s Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program
During the summer of 2019, Midstory’s college interns from all over the U.S. came together with incoming freshman at the University of Toledo and participants in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program.
The roots of Lake Erie’s perennial harmful algal blooms go back more than a century. This year’s algal bloom covered 620 square miles of Lake Erie by mid August but, unlike in 2014, drinking water was not affected in nearby communities. The major cause of the blooms that many scientists point to is excessive nutrient runoff, mainly phosphorus and nitrogen from surrounding agriculture fields or wastewater.
But the story of this modern crisis is tens of thousands of years old.
As part of a dialogue with the Toledo Design Collective, the Collaborative, Midstory coordinated with architect TJ Marston’s design studio, “Revival in the Glass City” this past spring semester 2019. Three teams were selected out of the studio cohort to tell their story and design perspective on revisioning the Warehouse District in Toledo, Ohio.