Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 100
Marian Dellnes, architech MNAL – mdellnes (at) gmail (dot) com
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.