What is the Salt Lake City Workshop?

The Salt Lake City Workshop brings together students from the University of Utah with community partners to envision best possibilities and work toward realizing these visions. Students in the Workshop – from the fields of planning, architecture, environmental studies, sociology, film, and others – collaboratively imagine ways to improve quality of life in Salt Lake City by enhancing quality of place. Read more about us here.

Local radio station KRCL recently did a feature on the Salt Lake City Workshop and our “Completing the Circle” project. To learn more about the workshop and project, check out the podcast.


Salt Lake City Workshop: Projects

The 9 Line, 2011

Building Connections and Inspiring Visions

The 9 Line is a proposed new linear park within the abandoned rail corridor along 900 South that will provide a major pedestrian/bicycle link connecting Salt Lake City’s east and westside neighborhoods. This new trail link will be integrated within the overall Salt Lake City trail master plan creating a citywide system of connections, linking neighborhoods with parks, recreation facilities, schools, and commercial centers.


The Granary District, 2012

Prospecting and Polishing Neighborhood Gems

The Spring 2012 Salt Lake City Workshop focused on the Granary District, located southwest of downtown Salt Lake City. The SLC Workshop students explored how to build upon the Granary’s existing assets to bring greater vitality and vibrancy to the district. Students began with an inventory of the Granary’s past and present, taking stock of neighborhood gems. They then proposed a variety of best practices and projects to polish those gems.


Completing the Circle, 2012

A Vital and Vibrant University District

In Fall 2012, the Salt Lake City Workshop began to examine the area around the University of Utah. In the past, the area around the university has been thought of as a buffer zone. Students in the SLC Workshop are currently exploring ways to transform the buffer zone into a porous membrane, enhancing connections between the U and its adjacent neighborhoods through creative placemaking and community-building initiatives.


Visions & Plans

Through ongoing collaborative partnerships with the city and various community groups, the Salt Lake City Workshop is a vital resource for creative place-making and inspiring future visions for our city. The SLC Workshop is also collecting existing visions and plans for the city and making them available in a digital repository. Please check back soon for additional visions, or inspire us with your own visions.