A group of architecture students from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo are back at the drawing board after presenting their plans for a reimagined Paradise at CSU Chico on Friday.
The students have been putting their heads together for the past few months to help residents of the Butte County town rebuild after it was almost completely destroyed by the Camp Fire in November, by creating detailed plans for essential buildings in Paradise, such as libraries and courthouses.
"Cost is definitely important, but safety is more important, especially in a place that has the tendency to burn," said Cal Poly junior Katherine Young, who is working on a redesign of Paradise's town hall that includes fire-resistant materials.
The students initially visited Butte County in January to get input from former residents of Paradise about what makes them love the town. That trip inspired a number of new ideas, including an open-air recreation center for youth and mixed-use housing and retail buildings.
"These students work really hard on these projects for six months," said Cal Poly architecture professor Stacey White, who teaches the studio class behind the redesign effort.