Recent and Past Work
Here are thirty of UACDC's projects. Many project pages include a link to download the report or proposal in addition to a description of the project and an excerpt of associated images.
This proposal revives the forgotten 1966 vision for a public water garden by mid-century architect Edward Durell Stone, a native Arkansan. The symmetry of dam (hard infrastructure) and water garden (soft infrastructure) offers a new environmental model for park design.
be resilient: build community around food!
Third Place Ecologies reworks components of the familiar single-family home to promote new levels of connectivity in neighborhoods once resistant to sharing.
The tenant space renovation for an off-campus community design center reclaims the expressiveness and scale of the original masonry building accompanied by contrasting lightweight interventions.
The city and the watershed are distinct systems of flow that generate shape and structure across the landscape to maximize their intrinsic objectives. How can city form fix the watershed?
Through the use of townscaping elements, the design creates a new urban living room for a downtown on the cusp of regeneration.
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.
This disaster recovery plan responds to the community's desire for small town urbanism, local commerce, and community saferooms after a tornado destroyed much of the town in 2014.
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 scenario plan envisions the foodshed as an ecological municipal utility, featuring green infrastructure, public growscapes, and urban spaces related to food processing, distribution, and consumption.
The environmental education center is conceived as an exhibit landscape that curates visitors’ passage through unique ecological facilities, landscapes, and architectural structures.
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.
This plan for a legacy downtown neighborhood recovers the full spectrum of land uses to meet the daily needs of its residents at all income levels with varying mobility needs.
The proposal reflects the green development philosophy outlined in The Rwanda National Strategy on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development.
A pocket neighborhood is an identifiable cluster of houses around shared outdoor commons and infrastructure.
What if 80% of future growth occurred around a new streetcar system along Fayetteville’s main commercial arterial, presently dominated by sprawl and the automobile?
This manual is designed for those involved in urban property development, from homeowners, to institutions, developers, designers, cities, and regional authorities.
Flyover gardens are a new hybrid that integrates highway infrastructure and landscape while restoring the urban surface for pedestrian market activity.
Instead of new construction, the proposal unearths 13th century cellars and utilizes incremental developments to reunite disjointed functions within the square.
A suburban five-lane commercial arterial is transformed into a multiway boulevard including public art and edible landscaping.
The revitalization plan begins with selective aggregations of affordable housing ($100K units) around two neighborhood parks: one existing and one proposed.
This habitat restoration and education garden for the Paul Nolan Wastewater Treatment Plant and adjacent prairie restores ecological and recreational functions.
Planning leverages urban and ecological services in the porch, yard, street, and open space. Neighborhoods are developed as sub-watersheds.
Like waterfronts and transit stops, parks leverage value in urban areas. The park is envisioned as the anchor for a larger urban landscape network.
The Habitat for Humanity neighborhood is designed as a sponge to work in accord with existing hydrological drainage, catchment, and recharge patterns.
Three holistic solutions remediate a 2,000-foot urban stream corridor running through the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas.
This regional rail study is the first step in helping Northwest Arkansas envision smart growth development opportunities through context-responsive transportation planning.
The project addresses the departure of artists from Fayetteville with below market-rate housing for those who could not otherwise afford to live in the downtown.
Identifiable arboreal spatial arrangements like allées, bosques, hammocks, and groves form outdoor rooms to create a living educational center at Little Rock's Two Rivers Park.