The KU Mobile Collaboratory is a project sponsored by the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. to promote expanded research opportunities for KU researchers and community partners. It is being sponsored by a KU Strategic Investment Grant (Level II).
Initial KU Co-investigators:
· Shannon Criss, Architecture, Design and Planning
· Nils Gore, Architecture, Design and Planning
· Andrea Witczak, Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
· Vicki Collie-Akers, Life Span Institute
· Marilu Goodyear, Public Affairs and Administration
· Yo Jackson, Applied Behavioral Science
This project will build and utilize a mobile laboratory to foster one-on-one, collaborative, interactive planning and design. The goal is to imagine publicly shared spaces that promote positive community life, engagement through art and culture, and healthy lifestyles. The project involves adapting an existing recreational vehicle trailer to create a “community room” on wheels – taking scholars to the people to seek specific needs, assess opportunities, make connections, and propose small-scale projects that attempt to transform a community’s built environment. Having such a mobile lab would make KU competitive for external grants that require researchers to have a regular presence in a local community.