In association with Marlon Blackwell Architects

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. The goal is to structure an identity for the Creative Corridor based on a mixed-use working and living environment anchored by the arts. The challenge involves restructuring a public realm conceived for workday commercial activities to now serve 24/7 urban lifestyles with a high level of livability. The project approach employs four developmental phases in the corridor’s transformation to a downtown node. Nodes provide a sense of centrality and opportunity for social life that counters the dominance of mobility in corridors. Retrofit strategies entail right-of-way reconfigurations and townscaping structures that frame a new land-use ecology of residential, tourism, work, and the cultural arts.


2017 Honorable Mention AMoA Biennal 600: Architecture
2015 Honorable Mention International Architecture Awards, Architecture Podium
2015 AIA Florida/Caribbean Honor Award
2014 ASLA Award
2014 AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
2014 Special Mention Architizer A+ Awards for Architecture + Urban Transformation
2013 AR AIA Award
2013 American Architecture  Award
2013 AR APA Award
2013 World Architecture Festival Award Shortlisted
2013 CNU Charter Award
2012 World Architecture News Award Finalist


National Endowment for the Arts
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
US Environmental Protection Agency


City of Little Rock, Arkansas

AuthorMatthew Petty