OU Institute for Quality Communities

At the IQC, we seek to serve and strengthen Oklahoma’s towns and cities while educating the next generation of Oklahoma’s leaders. We collaborate with faculty and students from The University of Oklahoma, as well as cutting-edge practitioners from around the world, to enhance our understanding of the built environment’s influence on quality of life. Through the IQC’s engagements with communities and civic leaders, our OU team helps the citizens of Oklahoma reshape their towns and cities in ways that improve our state’s social ties, environment, and economy.
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Environmental Design Course Will Assist Recreation Area

Students in the Environmental Design Capstone Course recently toured the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the site of their spring 2016 project. The group is working with park staff Ken Ruhnke, Bill Wright, and Larry Bell to improve  amenities for visitors to this...

Bricktown Accessibility Review: Day 3

After site tours, discussions, and brainstorming on Day 1 and Day 2, the IQC team was ready to finalize graphics and explain concepts for a presentation to stakeholders this afternoon. Ron Frantz began the presentation with an extreme example of the two-level...

Bricktown Accessibility Review: Day 2

After collecting information and talking to Bricktown experts on Day 1, the IQC team got to work brainstorming ideas to increase access in Bricktown. We spent the morning defining important areas to focus on for a closer look, and thinking about how they could...

Quality Places.

By the end of the 20th century, most towns and cities throughout the country – and certainly throughout Oklahoma – were struggling to deliver environments that fostered the quality of life that previous generations took for granted: vibrant main streets; public spaces where neighbors interacted daily; and safe, inviting open spaces where citizens of all ages gathered. We work with civic leaders to help citizens shape desirable places that define quality communities.

Increasing Community.

OU President David Boren expressed in his book A Letter to America, “Every decision should be made with the goal of increasing community.” We believe that great places are at the heart of great communities. The built environment strongly influences our social ties, how attached we feel to our communities, and our level of civic engagement. We help Oklahoma towns and cities reshape public spaces into environments that help forge community. In addition, the very act of reshaping our public spaces can galvanize community ties and spur further positive impacts.

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