Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 100

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 100

Presented by:

Marian Dellnes, architech MNAL – mdellnes (at) gmail (dot) com

Jeremy Richey
Singjoy Liang
Gabe Tamez

Board 1

Board 2

A Common Sense Urban Lifestyle

Sustainability without windmills, photovoltaic panels, and battery powered automobiles.

Economic and environmental sustainability by simple means.

Walk, not drive….we provide a destination to walk along by creating an urban gesture that provides a pedestrian/commercial route between two potential parallel street frontage developments. The line is an apparatus that will bring people deeper into the Irish Hill site and organize development over time as density and economic opportunity grows. The line will also be very well connected by bus service at various locations and will link key residential and street frontage areas with convenient public transit.

More equals more….introduce 4-5 story medium density ‘vernacular’ housing blocks to reduce built footprint, heating and cooling costs, privatized outdoor space, and site runoff. Increase the amenities and quality of shared garden spaces and still have a place to lie in a hammock, grow your own tomatoes, and have a family BBQ.

Eat local…..bring back light industry to Irish Hill. Green house food production has not only become a commercially viable and competitive business, but it also reduces the total impact food production has on the environment. We propose a development devoted to growing, processing, selling and preparing locally produced fresh food. This will not only promote healthy living and create jobs, but can act as the initial catalyst for the entire Irish Hill development. The idea is to make the area a part of the moment of urban farmers – not only for ethical reasons, but for a change of pace and the sought for a different lifestyle that is rooted in making instead of spending. Time to give back!

Drink local…..the Irish hill boardwalk, a multi level wooden platform overlooking the fl oodplain park, blends into the contoured edges of the existing topography. This structure will be the catalyst for the beginning of The Line circulation route and will provide a structure for local bars, restaurants and cafes to plug into and serve.

Cultural incubator…..the boardwalk will also host events such as live outdoor concerts and outdoor cinema, providing greater incentive for bars and restaurants and a greater draw for people to live closer to the area. These arenas of activity along with a greenhouse, the farmers market, and a spacious kinder garten will all add to the mix of various programs to make Irish Hill a vibrant and interesting place for people who wants to settle without settling.

And the winner is … (and other news)

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association is proud to announce the winner of the MEDIATIVE URBANISMS: Open Call for Ideas design competition.

After much deliberation, the jury chose entry number 110: A Scenic Walkway. The winning team submitted their entry from Paris, France.

In order to quickly post this information, we are only able to provide these PDF files.  Please take a look at the winning entry.

boards #110 (Warning: Large file – 8mb)

supporting text #110

We will be updating the website with better downloads of the winning entry, as well as the other prize winners and honorable mention entries.

The IHNA Board would like to thank everyone who came out to the Gallery Exhibition.  We would also like to thank our sponsors

  • Louisville Metro 9th District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh
  • The Kentucky Waterways Alliance
  • LEO Weekly
  • Friends of Irish Hill
  • Maker’s Mark Distillery
  • Louisville Slugger
  • Red Hot Rosters
  • All Things Celtic

Special thanks to The Green Building for working with the IHNA on the exhibition space.  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

Because of the large response, IHNA is looking to find additional exhibit space to show the entries for a longer period of time.  As soon as space is found, we will announce it here on this blog.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to

Press Release: Mediative Urbanisms Update

Irish Hill Neighborhood Association

Contact: Nathan Smith                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cell phone:  502.409.3239



Neighborhood association remains proactive in the future development of former scrap yards site located on Lexington Road in the Irish Hill neighborhood, Louisville, KY.

September 15, 2009 was the final day to submit an entry for Irish Hill’s Mediative Urbanisms competition.  The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association has received a total of 30 entries to the competition.  From all over the country and several continents, the competition has generated interest from architects, other professionals and citizens of the community.  Entries have been received from:

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Newton, Australia
  • Albany, CA
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Paris, France
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Champaign, IL
  • Lawrence, KS
  • Crestwood, KY
  • Lexington, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Winchester, KY
  • Boston, MA
  • Norway
  • Portland, OR
  • Charlestown, SC
  • Ankara, Turkey
  • London, UK
  • Seattle, WA

The Board members of the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association are delighted with the number of entries.  The public and other neighborhood associations’ interest has been overwhelming. IHNA is excited to be instrumental in continuing the dialogue over these vacant properties and bringing ideas to the whole community for consideration and discussion.The exhibit for Mediative Urbanisms will be open to the public at no cost.

EXHIBITION:  Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The Green Building

732 E. Market Street

6:00 – 8:00 PM

If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association at or call, 905-4342.