Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 116

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 116

Presented by:

James Monin – jmonin4 (at) aol (dot) com
Louisville, KY

Andy Dobson – adobson5 (at) zoomtown (dot) com

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Previous uses of this site tell a story of abandonment that any visitor can read in the pollution, junked equipment, trash, empty buildings, and feral vegetation. A larger story is the relationship between the property and Irish Hill that includes the businesses that once occupied the site, their workers, and the decisions that resulted in them leaving. This design proposal continues the story of this property. It reintegrates the site into Irish Hill by creating a neighborhood market and play spaces, and into the City of Louisville by creating a mass transit and bicycle commuter hub.

The property presents unique challenges and opportunities because of its configuration, topography, and location. This design makes the best of them and creates an urban amenity from an abandoned brownfield.

Like many urban streams, Beargrass Creek once drew people to this region, but as time passed it changed from a natural amenity to a problem confined within concrete channels. In spite or this, there is great potential to renovate Beargrass Creek, and this design shows how that can happen. This proposal uses Green Infrastructure in the design and construction to mitigate water runoff and serve as a test bed to illustrate how these techniques work.

The neighborhood market space uses Beargrass Creek as a focal point, turning the polluted creek into a water amenity. Porous pavement and rain gardens will provide runoff control and water absorption on the property, as will native plants in the lower areas on the west side of the site.

A new transit hub will provide TARC route transfers and a bicycling center with showers, changing areas, secure parking, and cycling support services. Vehicular access to the transit hub will be from Lexington Road, and the structure will use LEED construction techniques to minimize energy use and environmental impact.

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 114

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 114

Presented by:

Jacob Lindsey – jacob (at) jacoblindsey (dot) com
Charleston, SC

Ryan M. Wilson – typicalstate (at) gmail (dot) com
Evan M. Timms – evantimms (at) gmail (dot) com

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We propose that Irish Hill embrace Slow Urbanism and say “yes” to a method of development that embraces the fibrous roots of the native Oak Savannah.

Our proposal is not just a design, but a process that will accommodate sustainable building on the site for future generations. We have developed a six-part method to transorm this post-industrial land from a state of resource exhaustion into a plant-based reorganization designed to establish future growth.


Steep slopes remnant from previous development will be lessened, allowing flood waters to expand through this reach of the Beargrass Creek. Meanders will be adapted to allow a variety of productive habitat conditions. Soils will be stabilized with native plants and adaptive structures.


The Upland Site will undergo a rigorous planting to establish an Oak Savannah. A mixed-matrix of slow-growing Oaks and fast-growing Cottonwood will be staked across the site. Sun-tolerant perennials will be seeded across the site to provide cover and start kick-start nutrient-cycling.


Establish a network of pathways across the site, as the infrastructure for long-term development. Pathways will bring community members into the site to participate in the regeneration. Children entering the site at an early age will have the opportunity to track the growth of the project over their lifetime.


Fast maturing Cottonwoods will be harvested from the site to start the Building process, allowing Oaks and true-Savannah species to fill-in the site.

Select Sites

Adapt the forms of the building to creatively fit the least disturbing sites for development, avoiding flood zones and maximizing views.


Build places that bring children and citizens into contact with the restored site. Build institutions that use resources grown from restored soils and uti­lize the waters of the Bear Creek.

Slow Urbanism:

Our proposal is a challenge to mindfully transform this land into a productive landscape which will support nature and culture for generations to come.

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 113

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 113

Presented by

Michael Espenan – michael (at) ejmichael (dot) com
Louisville, KY

Dan Delongchamp – ddelongchamp (at) gmail (dot) com
Patrick Henry

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The Beargrass Creek is a heavily polluted waterway, which wraps around the Irish Hill neighborhood; fishing, swimming, and contact with the water is prohibited. Sediment entering the water stream from eroding slopes has created a highly turbid water quality inhibiting fish spawn and habitat. Now is the time to reconnect disparaged neighborhoods and fragmented open space by building a sustainable neighborhood with modern stormwater treatment, maximized open space, and connectivity to downtown Louisville via transit hub. Reconnecting train travel will enrich the neighborhoods, shops and light industry surrounding the newly created destination. This thriving new town center design proposes the following features:

  • Transit hub featuring bike storage, parking and drop off area with shops patios and views to Beargrass Creek.
  • Mixed use buildings with iconic architecture to draw in visitors from a distance.
  • A healthy Middle Fork Beargrass Creek with improved water quality and water access points.
  • Bicycle infrastructure with raised bike lanes located away from traffic and a connections to regional bike paths.
  • A community park with little league baseball diamond and playground.
  • Stormwater control using; Bioswales, Rain Gardens, Permeable Pavement, Green Roofs, Stormwater Treatment Wetlands, Root Wads + Stone Armoring on the creeks cut banks, improved habitat using a native planting and invasive removal strategy.
  • Multiuse paths with boardwalks, nature trails, promenades, parks, and patio space.

Looking carefully at the history of the site, limestone outcropings, distilleries, slaughterhouses, and topography we assembled the site analysis into a priority list of design do’s and don’ts. Creating a landmark building and not disturbing the natural ground plane were major objectives. Enhancing the local environment and increasing connectivity also were main stays in the design process.

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 111

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 111

Presented by:

William Esarey – wee (at) wee-la (dot) com
Winchester, KY

Ned Crankshaw
Meaghan Mroz-Barrett
Gabriel J. Presley

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The design revolves around four main areas: reconnections, scale gradient, remediation of urban ecology, and infill that meets neighborhood needs.


The site is bounded by a railroad line that it from the Clifton neighborhood and is separated from downtown Louisville by a deteriorating industrial zone. This design:

  • Provides multi-model transportation opportunities
    • Pedestrian bridge to the upper area of Irish Hill
    • Connection to existing greenway
    • Bus Station
    • Beargrass Creek access to the Ohio River
    • Bike Lanes
    • Future Light Rail in
  • Restores street grid connections
  • Allows access across the railroad tracks to Main St.
  • Has visual connections to downtown and the river from the multistory apartment buildings


The Irish Hill neighborhood consists generally of smaller scale buildings, while downtown contains a massing of large scale skyscrapers. The design:

  • Locates small scale buildings along Lexington Avenue and Beargrass Creek
    • Shops and restaurants on first floor
    • Residences above
  • Creates compact higher development to provide additional housing opportunities


Beargrass Creek is an opportunity to restore a broken ecological link to create a resource for the neighborhood. The design:

  • Widens the creek to slow flow and allow for water purification.
  • Provides visitor access to water’s edge
  • Creates a floodplain to deal with increased flow in an ecological manner.
  • Uses the creek as a recreational and ecological resource.


There are functions residents have found missing from the neighborhood that have been lost over the years. This design:

  • Creates a commercial destination increasing neighborhood visibility
    • Helps the viability of other developments such as Distillery Commons
  • Provides a range business opportunities
    • Anchor locations
    • Small scale retail
    • Offices
  • Different urban scale living arrangements

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 110

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 110

Presented by:

Tetsuya Kawano – tetsu-san21 (at) hotmail (dot) com (dot) co (dot) jp
Paris France

Julien Boulley – julien.boulley (at) free (dot) fr
Paris France

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The site boundary is defined to the south by community service buildings and housing which have a directly link to the street leading to the site. This layout assists in preserving the interior of the site from all architectural interventions. The ground floor level acts as a visual filter between the city and the nature and creates zones for pedestrian and bicycle access. A relationship is formed between each element of the architectural programme and each particular type of natural space: the school with the forest, the greenhouse with the field, the covered zones with the biotope pond.

A preserved natural environment

The site takes on the form of a parc, traversed from east to west via a pedestrian walkway and bicycle track following the riverbank. With 3 zones, each defined by a specific biotope, a rhythm is created along this walkway allowing pedestrians the opportunity to discover the rich natural qualities belonging to the ecosystem of the river and its surroundings. The aim of this educational walkway is to create a public awareness of Louisville’s natural environment with the aid of observatory structures placed along throughout the length of the walkway.

Le site is integrated within a plus vast district than the junction point between the highly urbanised zones of the city centre to the west and the parc and open areas developping to the east. The existing transportation network could be modified to allow access to the periphery of the site. The site is bound to the north by a train line with a station giving direct access to the city centre.


With a school opening onto the forest zone, allowing children to learn from a young age about the preservation of their natural surroundings, this site is suitable for the development of an ecosystem, rich in animal and vegetable species.

A greenhouse, connected to a field to be used for open air planting, allows the development of an urban agriculture.

A large under-cover, multipurpose space can be used for cultural (concerts, exhibitions) and sporting events as well as for a temporary market. The vast roof of this structure can be used for an independent solar energy installation to be used for the entire site.

Housing to be located within a tower building becomes a symbolic link between the site and the city centre.

Duplex housing creates a continuity of the scale of existing housing to the areas surrounding the site.

The ground floor level shall house zones and buildings dedicated to community services as well as commercial zones.

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 109

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 109

Presented by:

Christopher Brashear – topper (at) iglou (dot) com
Louisville, KY

Patrick Piuma – ppiuma (at) colabr8 (dot) com
Jonathan Brannon – jpbrannon73 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Patrick Smith – communityresearch (at ) gmail (dot) com

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Beargrass Bike Park

The Beargrass Bike Park (BBP) combines wetlands protection and a state-of-the-art bike park and activity complex, within an urban park setting. The space will not only attract locals as a park and market space; it will draw visitors from across the region and beyond as large-scale bike parks increase in popularity. The plan offers an indoor bike park and family fitness center, an outdoor system of bicycle tracks and pedestrian trails, and a mixed-use frontage with adjacent market and event space. A major concern is stream protection, and the BPP sets aside a 50’ buffer zone on the edges of the creek, planted with native species.

Site build out is low intensity and low cost, thanks to space provided by the adaptive reuse and retrofit of the existing warehouse. Site build-out includes:

• Existing warehouse renovation/retrofit as iconic feature

• Bus stop and signage art project at axis termination/bend of Lexington Road

• Mixed-used development along Lexington Road

• Open festival market space/parking area

• Biking tracks/trails

• Walking trails/gathering areas

On-site circulation is enhanced by increasing connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists. A system of new links are provided with existing trails and bike lanes including:

• Connecting the Beargrass Creek Bike Path at the eastern edge of the site

• Pedestrian/bicycle bridge spanning the railway at the northern edge

• New bike/ped paths from Fern Street, bridging over Lexington Road

The BBP provides activities for everyone and adds to quality of life by providing both an exciting sports destination, and an urban park and gathering place. The park facilities allow for biking competitions and serve as a venue for events and markets. This is all accomplished through implementation of a design that is cost-effective, and that helps heal an ecologically comprised area in the heart of the city.

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 108

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 108

Presented by

Adrew Knight – aknight (at) carmansite (dot) com
John Carman
Lexington, KY

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Yesterday’s typical urban development breaks even at best. Future development does more. It is proactively regenerative and sustainable. It creates significant amenities and returns for the city, the community, the building and the people. Rather than simply pull resources from the existing infrastructure and environment, the site generates and shares resources. Rather than relying on existing cultural amenities, building spawns meaningful community resources, more than providing a level of adequate housing. Future development offers enhanced and supportive options for living. Pushing the future of development beyond the limits of site leverages a return beyond the bottom line – a return that provides a benefit at the scale of the city, the community and the individual.

The Irish Hill Neighborhood is a palimpsest of layered history and culture. Through a process of environmental remediation and regeneration, Patchwork Green aims to establish the site as a community resource with regional appeal. The site serves as an interconnected network of live, work and play. Nature and man coexist to remediate environmental and cultural constraints, with the existing Beargrass Creek serving as the seam to the future.

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 105

Mediative Urbanisms – Entry 105

Presented by:

Benjamin Montoya – beejay76 (at) mac (dot) com

Seattle WA

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Irish Hills Art Space

The design for the new Irish Hill Art Space seeks to be a place where Irish Hill residents and the Greater Louisville community has a place to work, create, learn, and play! A vibrant urban center, the vision incorporates the neighborhoodʼs rich historic and cultural fabric while enhancing the former River Metals site as an community for burgeoning artists and environmental learning space.


Lexington Road, Beargrass Creek, and rail lines on the north end of the site recalls a convergence industry that passed into and through the neighborhood. A system of new pedestrian and urban (wheels and heels) trails enhances this experience for pedestrians and bicyclist to meander along the creek; ride separately and safely along the road; or browse through the market areas.


The layout of trails also recognizes Irish Hillʼs unique proximity to Downtown Louisville and adjacent neighborhoods. A new network of trails offers multi-modal access so whether by TARC or by bike, Art Space helps connect neighbors to downtown. Once isolated by the creek and busy roadways, bridges and roadway crossings help to stitch the site and the adjacent community together.


Elements within the Art Space provide “lessons in the land” and reconnect the residents to the natural environment reclaiming what was once a scrapyard. An array of “tide poles” stretch across streams and mark rise and fall of water level. A bowl-like amphitheater spaces provides additional retention pool in times of flood. The site provides countless opportunities to connect with and learn about the Irish Hills hidden natural context.

Site Organization-Themes:

Programmatic and spacial themes speak to the evolution of the site recalling its Industrial roots (East); transitioning to Post-Industrial Space (Central) where the natural growth reclaim remnants of an industrial past. Then into the Natural Space where the organic elements reclaim the land.

Industrial Space

•Market Area

•Community Building

•Artist Live-Work Units

•Co-op Gardens/P-Patch


• Art Studio/Courtyard

• Sculpture Garden


•Wetland Demonstration

•Environmental Learning Center

•Outdoor Performance Space/Amphitheater