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I chose to take a Topics course in my Fall 2008 semester which was a competition class for 6 teams from VCU and it also was a national competition. My team and I placed 2nd from VCU, and we were a finalist in the national IDEC competition. Our project goals were to create a business which would inhabit the Southside National Bank located in Saint Louis. The bank is currently undergoing historic renovations. The 14 floors above our given space is being converted into upscale apartments. The competition required us to create a business and a business plan for the first floor that would involve community activities. Then we were to create our own program based on the business we created.
Our mission was to design a crafts market which houses a studio center and an affordable ice cream parlor. The market is part of a restoration project, from the Art Deco era, which will benefit the community by providing an economic outlet and learning center for people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.