Project Location: Fayetteville, AR
Project Type: Multi-Family/Mixed-Use
Design Year: 2015
Construction Year: Unbuilt
*2015 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award
Beyond simple infill development, housing serves as a place-making tool to anchor a resurgent downtown arts district for Fayetteville, AR- a college town of 73,000. The arts district master plan improves the context adjacent to the Walton Arts Center (WAC) and the Nadine Baum Studios by re-orienting the automobile-dominated surroundings both facilities have produced. While the project is challenged to accommodate event parking and large-scale festivals, housing is being developed for mixed income populations, including live-work units for artists who desire a more urban lifestyle. Since the city and its chamber of commerce control development for this site, the approach provides incentives and meets expectations for developing mixed-use urban housing in a community primarily engulfed with suburban residential projects. This pixelated scheme integrates new public and semi-private open space, on-street and structure public parking, streetscapes, and multi-family housing in tandem with renovations to WAC completed in 2016.
*Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and in collaboration with Melissa Roberson, the City of Fayetteville, AR, and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.