Streets are platforms for capturing value while roads efficiently move traffic between points. The street is an incredible multidimensional invention. A well-designed street provides non-traffic social functions related to gathering, assembly, recreation, and aesthetics. The social life of cities follows from the urbanism of streetscapes formed by landscape architecture, ecological engineering, public space configurations, building frontage systems, and townscaping. The best streets are their cities’ most vital places.
Context-sensitive streets aim to recover the pedestrian life eliminated by modern traffic engineering. The real problem is the universal application of highway design standards to all road types including local streets. Cities once again understand that multiple modes of movement and public activity within the street are force multipliers for economic and social prosperity. New street types are re-emerging, including the shared street, the green street, transit plazas, and multiway boulevards where streets are rooms for motorists as well as pedestrians.
The lamination of a slow street with a highway stretches the civic landscapes and pedestrian spaces common to a town square along Mayflower's 4,500-foot length.
The proposed School Avenue streetscape frames new development between the Walton Arts Center and the Fayetteville Public Library with arts-based civic infrastructure.
Beyond simple infill development, housing serves as a place-making tool to anchor a nascent downtown arts district for Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Creative Corridor retrofits a four-block segment of an endangered historic downtown Main Street through development catalyzed by the cultural arts rather than Main Street’s traditional retail base.
Flyover gardens are a new hybrid that integrates highway infrastructure and landscape while restoring the urban surface for pedestrian market activity.
A suburban five-lane commercial arterial is transformed into a multiway boulevard including public art and edible landscaping.
The housing master plan shifts age related planning processes from traditional institutional settings toward a more community-based solution.
Distinguished by their contexts and fluvial profiles, three urban stream reaches are developed to create a new downtown greenway.
Highway Ecologies is a participatory planning model to achieve context-sensitive highway design.