Mediative Urbanisms a Big Success

IHNA and Urban Design Studio hosted the last public display at this location of Mediative Urbanisms’ International Design Competition entries on Friday, February 5 during the First Friday Trolley Hop.
In spite of the bad weather, the event was attended by 25 – 30 people. And although a panel of experts has already officially judged the contest and awarded the prizes, we afforded the visitors an opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” design. Once again, Patrick Piuma, Director of the Urban Design Studio, went “above and beyond” for us and created a computerized voting system for tallying the People’s Choice ballots. The People’s Choice winners were:
  • First Place (tie) – 106/conFluence, 119/Louisville Railroad District
  • Second Place (tie) – 109/Beargrass Bike Park, 128/Beargrass Grown
  • Third Place (tie) – 100/Walk the Line, 110/A Scenic Walkway Between City and Nature
While IHNA hopes to display the entries in the future at another location, plans have not yet been finalized. Any future plans will be announced in our Newsletter and on IHNA’s website. In the mean time, you can view the entries online by visiting and clicking on the Mediative Urbanisms link at the top. Pictures from the event is also available (see below).
This event has been a tremendous success and has brought visibility to Irish Hill. We could not, however, have done it without Urban Design Studio and Director Patrick Piuma, who so graciously offered us space and welcomed the display, making these incredible entries available to the public.

Last Chance to see Mediative Urbanisms

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association is thankful for the residents and interested people who came to our January Neighborhood Meeting.  You comments were recorded and will be compiled with others we have received.  Thanks too go out to Patrick Piuma, Director of the Urban Design Studio, for staying late so we could have the event.

Did you miss it?  Don’t worry — here’s one last opportunity for you to see the entries and have provide some input:

The Irish Hill neighborhood association

Along with

The Urban Design Studio

Would like to invite you to view

“Mediative Urbanisms: An Open Call”

Friday, February 5, 2010

5:00 – 8:00 PM

Urban Design Studio

507 South 3rd Street

The display of the Mediative Urbanisms’ International Design Competition sponsored by IHNA will be open to the public during the First Friday Trolley Hop.  Please stop by UDS and witness the possibilities, then vote for your favorite design.

Irish Hill Neighborhood Association, or call 502.905.4342

For more information about the Urban Design Studio, contact or call 502.587.7015.
This will be your last chance to see the display for a while, as they will be taken down by the end of February.

January 2010 Neighborhood Meeting

Residents, property and business owners, and friends of Irish Hill are invited to a special night at the Urban Design Studio.

Neighborhood Presentation of the
Mediative Urbanism Entries
Urban Design Studio507 S Third St, 40202
January 20, 2010 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

For those who have not yet had the opportunity to see the entries from our design contest, IHNA invites you to the UDS to see the display.  Our January Neighborhood Meeting will take place during this event.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association by email

Irish Hill’s International Design Competition on display


Irish Hill Neighborhood Association


The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association exhibits entries to
International Design Competition

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce the display of the Mediative Urbanisms competition boards at the Urban Design Studio.  First prize, as selected by a five member jury, was a concept submitted by a team from Paris, France titled “A Scenic Walkway.”  All 20 entries can actually be seen at the Urban Design Studio for an undetermined amount of time or on the IHNA website,

Mediative Urbanisms
, an international open ideas competition, was created to encourage critical thinking for a 30-acre post-industrial site located on Lexington Road, Louisville, KY…and it was SUCCESSFUL! IHNA now invites the public to witness the excitement of the possibilities for the site through the eyes of urban designers, architects, landscape designers, artists and creative citizens.

Frequently playing  hosts to planning and design charettes and discussion forums that help increase the level of public involvement, the Urban Design Studio (UDS) is the perfect venue to house the display.  The gallery space is open to the public Monday – Friday from 10AM – 4PM or by appointment with an IHNA representative.  UDS is located at 507 S. 3rd Street.  For more information about the Urban Design Studio, contact or call 502.587.7015.

If you would like more information on the Mediative Urbanisms competition or to schedule an appointment with an IHNA representative, contact Chandler Bainter at irishhill@techemail or call, 905.4342.

Mediative Urbanisms Online Gallery – Now Available

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce that entries to the Mediative Urbanisms Design Contest are now available online.

Complete coverage of Mediative Urbanisms is available on the page link at the top of this web site.  Each entry has also been prepared as an individual post on 11/12/2009.  Each entry’s post has the entrant’s name and contact information, and links to the renderings that were submitted.  Where narratives were provided, the narrative is listed in the post as originally submitted.  Each entry participant (or team) retain the copyright of their work and may not otherwise be reproduced without permission.

This project could not have been possible without the support of our sponsors:

And of course, we couldn’t have picked a winner without the Jury:

  • Chris Bowling, AIA LEED AP
  • J. Michael McCoy, RLA, Director of Planning – Center for Neighborhoods
  • Bruce Scott, Kentucky Waterways Alliance
  • Jason Scroggin, Asst. Professor of Architecture – University of Kentucky
  • Barbara Sinai, Architect

The IHNA is thankful for your interest in this project and welcome your feedback by sending an email to

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 128

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 128

Presented by:

Christopher C. Yost – ccyost (at) gmail (dot) com
Tiffany D. Broyles

Board 1

Board 2

BEARGRASS GROWN : Productive Landscapes as Community Infrastructure

This project contends that the full restoration of Beargrass Creek is dependent upon the degree to which it is embraced as a vital piece of urban infrastructure, like the roads, expressways, and rail lines that often flank its edges. The creek’s potential value is not merely aesthetic or recreational (though these are important), but ecological and, indeed, urbanistic. As such, its restoration should be an opportunity to cultivate compatible programs in an approach that is both locally- and regionally-minded. Here in Irish Hill, we envision Beargrass Creek and its watershed as a site for forging “ecological alliances” among various natural systems, most notably, vertical agriculture. The Irish Hill site, situated on the edge of downtown and near the confluence of the South and Middle Fork, offers an opportunity to cultivate these productive landscapes as a new form of community infrastructure. The site’s value is thus calculated not by the standard metrics of real estate, but by aspects of its “terroir”: the unique topographical, climatological, and environmental qualities that render it suitable for urban agriculture.

The repositioning of Kentucky’s tobacco-dependent farm economy has created an acute need for new markets for local agricultural products. This project sees an opportunity to weave into the many folds of Beargrass Creek an agricultural network that provides food to nearby residents and invigorates the local food economy. The reconstructed stream channel becomes host to clusters of vertical farms. Techniques for stream remediation are wed to the agricultural cycle, so that farm operation and maintenance calibrates the creek and its watershed. This constructed landscape is not one that we imagine will be bucolic and unpopulated; rather, with its parklands, bike lanes, nature center, farmers’ markets, and bus links, the site is poised to become a vibrant part of the Irish Hill community.

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 126

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 126

Presented by:

Judson Moore – judson (at) farm-arc (dot) net
Portland, OR

Board 1

Board 2

The aeratorpark is a new urban park and transit center for the city of Louisville, KY that integrates the productive potentials of transportation networks, alternative land use strategies and embedded remediation technologies to create a highly adaptable cultural center and highly functional pollutant filtering landscape.

Previously inhabited by distilleries and metal scrap yards, the site holds extraordinary potential as a cultural and metropolitan destination, but requires extensive clean up. Responding to the primary concern of contamination, the aeratorpark is strategized around the transformative and economical organization of remediation berms. Contaminated soil is efficiently graded into three areas of treatment, creating fields of phytoremediation furrows and filtering swales. All of the existing on-site materials, waste and structures are recycled and reorganized to detain, treat, and filter any previous or future pollutants. Additionally the berming produces a unique topography for numerous programmatic conditions as an urban park and transit hub.

Building on the unique location and existing topography of the site, the aerator park employs the intelligent control of hydrology to facilitate the development two principle ecological zones. The condensing fields represent the open and previously programmed areas of the site. The berms filter water to treat existing soil conditions and aid in the passive control of hydrology. The creek bed, defined by steep embankments and western flood plain, is reapproprated as an urban forest, further filtering the sites watershed, and providing a viable carbon sink.