Now the second fastest shrinking city in the U.S., Pine Bluff, Arkansas is reinvesting in its downtown through development of housing and allied public works projects that support the renewal of an urban living option in the Arkansas Delta.
The goal of this study is to envision a Livability Improvement Plan for Willow Heights that triangulates economic feasibility with enhanced placemaking and building renovations to create a blended-income neighborhood.
The Plan is conceived as a series of eight urban rooms and landmark spaces that distinguish the Malvern Avenue Corridor and District.
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.
Third Place Ecologies reworks components of the familiar single-family home to promote new levels of connectivity in neighborhoods once resistant to sharing.
Beyond simple infill development, housing serves as a place-making tool to anchor a nascent downtown arts district for Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The environmental education center is conceived as an exhibit landscape that curates visitors’ passage through unique ecological facilities, landscapes, and architectural structures.