East Edisto/Spring Grove Master Plan and Smartcode
East Edisto is a 78,000 acre mixed use development located West of downtown Charleston, South Carolina. TPUDC was hired by the developer to create Form-Based development ordinances and Master Plan Regulations for the project that address the owner’s commitment to sustainable development and land use. My work centered around thoroughfare design, document organization and graphics, and client and county relations.
This piece for The Wild Magazine explores the way the City of Miami has turned the use and perception of parking garages around by turning them into public spaces, multi use structures, and even art pieces by hiring well known architects to design and build them. It explores the evolution of the concept, as well as how it has let to bringing the idea of a pedestrian-friendly design of the parking garage to other regions.
The Lewiston, Maine Comprehensive Plan was developed to help reverse damage that had been done to the city through urban neglect, tense race relations, and disinvestment. The city has a dense and historic urban core, however it has been subject to years of neglect and demolition. After extensive research and existing condition documentation, the plan was developed to focus on ways to improve the city, both at grassroots and high investments levels. Tools throughout the document show was that citizens can get involved and infographics help make the City’s problems and strengths easy to identify.
North Lawrence, Kansas is a historic community with a long history of small business, entrepreneurship, and a high level of mixed uses. When faced with the possibility of an outsize, corporate development, the community searched for ways to show this history. By showing the length of time that a building has been used commercially, instead of show the intensity of the use as is normally done, development patterns that could not previously be visualized become clear, and hopefully, local patterns will be applied to future development.
Jericho, Vermont Charrette, Master Plan, and Form Based Code
The planning process in Jericho began with a five day charrette in which there were various public input sessions, presentations, and topic-specific meetings. The small town West of Burlington had experienced many previous attempts at a cohesive planning process, therefore public percept and pre-event marketing was crucial. During the process, synoptic surveys were taken in order to develop an understanding of regional and local context, Scale comparisons to nearby villages were examined, and many visits to local businesses provided information that would not be found through traditional research. Halfway through the event, a mid way presentation with multiple proposed schemes enable the public to offer feedback that was used to develop the final Master Plan.
This plan focused on an under utilized area of Kansas City, Missouri that included a failed housing project. The Housing Authority was seeking recommendations that would increase neighborhood safety and desirability. Because funding had not yet been secured, the focus of the project was to provide recommendations that could be implemented now at little cost, and another set that could be configured in the future, requiring and high level of flexibility. The result was a series of block typologies that could be configured as needed as the redevelopment process progressed. Defensible space principles were used throughout in order to increase safety, and as a result the health of residents and the community at large.
The Harpeth River is a cultural mainstay in Nashville, Tennessee and is flocked to every summer for fishing, floating, and exercise. One of the most protected rivers in the country, it passes through rural and urban areas alike, including many historic battlefields. This map was created to provide a visual way to locate tributaries, creeks, and the small villages that surround the city, as well as to locate prime fishing spots, where tributaries join the main channel.
As part of the Rock Island Corridor project, and in conjunction with the Multi Modal Hub materials, a Tactical Urbanism project was used to raise awareness about commuting options. Various low budget and hands on projects were created to help users physically experience a variety of commuting options, and the benefits of reducing automobile reliance.
In collaboration with my classmates at the University of Kansas
This plan addresses a recent growth debate in downtown Lawrence, Kansas, the result of more people wanting to move into the charming, historic and eclectic downtown are for sustainability and cultural reasons. While most agree that living downtown is more efficient, there is a desire to keep the original downtown low density. To address this, the plan creates four urban neighborhoods of varying designs, allowing some to stay as is and some to grow. The result is a interconnected group of urban neighborhood of different character that make up the Lawrence CORE.
My first piece for The Wild Magazine was the result of a late night call from an editor looking for a piece on the legacy of Oscar Niemeyer. Although he is one of my favorite architects, it was hard to wrap up his influence in short piece. After a lot of work, it came together and remains one of my favorite pieces.