Urban Design Improvements for Calhoun Street, Liberty Square, etc.
One of Charleston's major challenges in the coming years will be how to manage flooding. This urban design proposes converting the reclaimed wetlands on the western side of the peninsula back into wetlands, giving the water somewhere to go following the natural fall of the land. It also proposes a new canal to address rising waters along the eastern peninsula. This would also anchor the northeast terminus of the continuous green path around the peninsula by creating a new public park in which would sit the new Charleston City Aquarium (see more in Buildings). Other recommendations include reconnecting the grid of streets that the Crosstown Highway obliterated, making Calhoun Street into a proper boulevard, and the resolution of Gadsden’s Wharf and Liberty Square and their surrounding streets and blocks.
Plan for a New Campus in Kenya
Moule & Polyzoides
Internationally renowned urban designer and cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Stephanos Polyzoides, lead the design team for this project - a campus plan for a Fatemi Islamist Jamea (university) in Kenya.
The complex program for the Jamea includes monumental buildings (prayer halls, meeting and eating halls, library) and more modest ones (class rooms, residence halls, gymnasia). Students spend up to eleven years as boarders here, so a variety of outdoor spaces to provide for a variety of uses - similar to the ones found in typical traditional towns - is essential. Traditional design principles allow this diversity to flourish, from the relaxed and informal to the dignified and monumental.
A New Town in Italy
The drawings shown here are for a new borgo, or urban village, in Reggio Emilia. The project includes new housing, shops, offices, and a small hotel and spa. The project was master planned by a group of Prince of Wale’s Foundation alumni lead by Pier Carlo Bontempi, award-winning traditional architect and urban planner in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The buildings make use of loggias, porticos, and bridges, but the architecture itself is fairly simple. The subtlety of the master plan is in the varied juxtapositions of these simple building forms.
A New Transit Hub
These buildings were designed for a competition sponsored by Architecture for Humanity. It is a hypothetical transportation hub in Charleston, a program totaling over 63,000 sqft. of accommodation including a light rail train station and its associated concourse, ticketing room, staff offices, café, etc., a public meeting hall, a bicycle center (repair, rentals, lockers), 14,000 sqft. of office space, 8,000 sqft. of retail space, and covered, public storage for 116 bicycles.
We divided the program into two main blocks, one created by two buildings which together make up the bike storage and some of the commercial component, the other made of the rail terminal, offices, and more commercial space. W small public square is created between the bike storage and the rail terminal, with the existing Visitors’ Center the long black building immediately above.