This summer, the College of Architecture will team with OU Outreach to provide talented middle school students in Oklahoma a chance to experience the wonder of green design. From July 12-17, students will not only be given a chance to experience an exciting career, but will also be able to find out what it is like to live and study on a college campus.

Ideal City 2009 will cover all aspects of environmentally friendly design. The Divisions of Architecture, Construction Science, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Regional and City Planning will come together to provide a unique learning experience where students will immerse themselves in projects designed to challenge them to think green.

Developed to spark an early interest in green design, the program will utilize a wide variety of activities where students will use all of their senses to build a “sense of place.” Associate Professor Marjorie Callahan says the program is expected to bring “broad, fun and holistic approach to the built environment.”

Ideal City 2009 is part of the larger Horizons Unlimited summer camp. Talented students get a preview of the college experience by living in campus dormitories, eating in Couch Cafeteria or commuting to campus.

Cost for Horizons summer camp and Ideal City 2009 is $575 for students who wish to reside on campus, and $525 for students to plan to commute to campus.