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Students at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design spent the last academic year studying Shippingport, the mostly forgotten swath of scarcely inhabited land in west Louisville that used to be a bustling port district — before Interstate 64 cut it off from its surroundings. The area is rife for infill and (probably) gentrification, if somebody can figure out how to accommodate that pesky, knifing freeway.
On display at 21c Museum (itself a model of rehab development) will be the students’ 50-foot scale model and videos suggesting what the city might do with a place so pregnant with potential and in a neighborhood that needs jobs and commerce.
There is an opening reception Wednesday, May 27, that will feature architects Gary Bates (who managed the UK project), Julien De Smedt, Jason Scroggin and Joshua Prince-Ramus, who designed Museum Plaza. —Stephen George