Integrating the Pedestrian into the Master Plan
TMK 03 - 09 - 2010

After observing numerous cultures and the city planning that envelops and adapts to those cultures there is one common theme that emerges; a successful city carefully considers and integrates the pedestrian into the master plan. This installation of my design process draws recent inspiration from Tallinn, Estonia; a city with a well preserved medieval old town, and a quite modern edge treatment that is a heavy contrast, however, the transition is done so that the pedestrian enjoys the two separate experiences. The sketch below shows the circulation network that brings the pedestrian into my hometown project design in the core of Carmel, Indiana. The inspiration from my Estonian experience is noticeable in this sketch in the separation and transition between 3 design development areas; (1) the restaurant and bar district, (2) the community garden core, and (3) the history oriented/old town main street segment (quite possibly an organization for phasing the project). (1) The plaza of the restaurant/bar district is inspired by the hybrid tower community in Beijing, and will use organic forms in balconies, raised pedestrian walkways, and shade structures. An attraction for the young professional crowd is important because much of the current attention is on mid-high end apartment residential for this crowd; but in a city that currently only has appeal to the middle-aged art collector. (2) the core of this master plan concept is the community garden area. Large residential areas exist (on the bottom of the sketch) and strong cross axes draw the pedestrian into the design area. This concept delves into the history of the area back to the WWII era, when the North Indy suburbs boasted 7,000+ community gardens. This is the natural/organic transitional area of the design, incorporating community gardens, productive pods, hydroponic growth, and organic forms of natural vegetation that will move pedestrians along the main north/south axis, and as an attraction from the monon trail into the site. (3) The old town/main st. area has been redeveloped to a great extent already. The main idea here will be to play on the history of the grain silo along the monon trail. The concept shows a radiating pattern that will integrate with the community garden area, and incorporate a recreational opportunity along the monon (most likely a climbing wall, and moveable grain cars that teach the history of how the grain was once delivered to this site in Carmel). Most retail/commercial buildings are set in this area; my design will adapt and integrate interesting pedestrian paths in between buildings as an adventurous experience. The sketch to the right is a concept for a pedestrian corridor along Carmel Drive. This was an exploration in architectural form for myself as a landscape architect. The idea is to have the organic form of the raised walkway on the left, mimicked by balcony structures of the hybrid towers in the restaurant/bar district. Many of the forms will play with exposed structural elements, and using those elements as opportunities for exterior green wall experiments. The result is a successful pedestrian corridor sandwiched in between the new City Center development and the restaurant/bar district of my design; attracting the necessary business to keep this area thriving. This creates an 'organic in built form' gateway into the north end of my hometown project design, and addresses circulation from the monon trail, as well as the two crossing roads; Rangeline and City Center Drive.

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