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The students’ individual building proposals in both studios ran the gamut: from housing to cultural amenities, and from civic infrastructure to commercial enterprises. Together, these projects were intended to diversify Paradise’s economy and create a more stable base for current and future residents. They did so by taking advantage of the town’s location: its proximity to Chico and a major state university, and its position as a potential gateway to the Sierra.

A resort lodge, a conference center, a performing arts center, and a “Food Habitat” were all intended as tourist draws. A co-working center and a new biomedical-research facility were proposed as employment opportunities of the modern era, altogether different from Paradise’s previous reliance on extraction economies (gold and logging), and its more recent history as an affordable bedroom/retirement community.



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