Hometown Project: Carmel, Indiana
TJD 01 - 05 - 2010

My hometown project is located in Carmel, Indiana. A transitional zone between Carmel City Center and The Arts and Design District is in need of a redevelopment plan. Carmel is located a few miles north of Indianapolis. The city is well known as providing residents with a high standard of living since the city was founded in 1874. Further, a transitional zone between Carmel Arts and Design District and Clay Terrace to the North is the basis for the redevelopment. Currently, this area is comprised of single family homes, industrial, and commercial developments. Further, there are several new developments across the city that does not create a connection. Also, there are areas that have homes in disrepair. A restoration plan would be included with the design. Therefore, creating an identity for this region is essential. For instance, the façade of buildings could be designed with unique characteristics that conform to Carmel’s design goals. Districts could be designed with a unique identity. These sub districts would create a comprehensive network of linking community members with the city. Also, the city is lacking an environment for a young demographic. Public parks and an active night life are some elements that will entice younger generations to reside in Carmel. One of the major improvements to this area includes a redesign of Rangeline Road. This road serves as a major artery for the city and a connection to Indianapolis. A multi-use corridor could be designed to link major areas of interest. This includes integrating light rail, vehicles, and pedestrian circulation systems. During my study tour in Barcelona, Spain, I was able to develop a concept for integrating a light rail system for Carmel. Separating circulation systems will promote sustainable development. There would be a lower dependency on personal transportation. As a result, the use of rail and pedestrian circulation systems would promote healthy lifestyles. This would be the result of increased walking distances. A system could be linked to, Central Park, Clay Terrace, business, and housing districts in Carmel. This initiative plan would provide an influential role for business locating operations in Carmel. The center of the boulevard would be dedicated for pedestrian access. A transition zone of canopy trees would create a sense of enclosure. A light rail network would follow towards the vehicular network to the side. North and south bound transportation are separated to decrease traffic speeds and liabilities. The Monon Trail is a major pedestrian artery for the city. This corridor could be designed to link with the historic grain elevator. This would become an icon as the city develops into a premier community in Indiana. Also, the corridor could be developed to link with Rangeline Road and connecting zones. Lastly, Casa Batllo in Barcelona was an inspiration for a design concept for my hometown for Carmel, Indiana. I was particularly was interested with a light fixture and ceiling detail. Gaudi had the ability to link a narrative into a built environment. To begin with, the lamp element is circular and resembles the form of a sunflower. Also, a molded spiral ceiling form leads the eye to the center of the bronze light fixture. This form can take several forms in regard to a redevelopment plan for Carmel, Indiana. Connection elements are a vital design element for a successful community. Therefore, creating a spiraling form will connect major areas of interest. LEFT IMAGE: Concept Diagram RIGHT IMAGE: Carmel Districts and Section Concept

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