Carmel Hometown Project Development: 03-07-10
TJD 03 - 07 - 2010

Carmel is in need of creating a transitional space area between the Carmel Arts and Design District to the North and south to Carmel City Center. There is a space between these districts in need of creating an identity. A grain elevator could be designed to unite this once neglected area in Carmel. The Northern portion of the area has been primarily redeveloped as a mixed use arts and design district. Also, streets and structures are based on formal design characteristics. For instance, streets are in a grid layout and structures have a rectilinear design. On the contrary, the southern portion of the project site is Carmel City Center. This development is designed as an organic form. The redevelopment plan unites these contradictory organizational systems by integrating open spaces. The center of the development is designed as a vast open space to draw interest to the grain elevator. A neglected historic grain elevator is in the center of these two developments. The grain elevator is a symbol of prosperity for the city of Carmel. For instance, during the early 1900’s, the grain elevator served as an economic stimulant. A concept for the project site would focus on developing the grain elevator as a central element. The façade of the grain elevator would be a living wall. Carmel’s major historical events would be represented using a variety of vegetation. This mural would identify how Carmel became a premier city in Indiana. Also, the living wall would promote sustainable development by reducing the carbon footprint. Also, buildings are arranged around the perimeter of the grain elevator. Structures are designed with a ramp façade. This is developed to continue the plaza space to the roof. Further, this creates a human scale relationship with the grain elevator. Pedestrian corridors/ green finger system would be designed to radiate to areas of interest within and towards surrounding areas of the site. The arched pedestrian corridors are created to draw interest towards the grain elevator. This is accomplished by integrating a series of abstracted rail road tracts as a water element. The vertical rectangular water also symbolizes the prosperity of the Monon during the early 1900’s. Finally, productive landscape plots are also designed along pedestrian corridors. These plots are in the form of an abstracted rail road tie. The plots are also organized to increase in size towards the grain elevator. Productive landscapes would be managed by residents to promote a healthily living environment. Bottom Left- The image illustrates the live façade of the grain elevator. Bottom Right- The concept illustrates how a central axis is integrated with a green finger circulation system. Also, a pedestrian corridor is designed to create interest to the historic grain elevator.

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