Posts Tagged ‘New urbanism’

Monday M.B.A.

Monday, March 27th, 2017

In the clip above, SUNY ESF grad and Philly designer Nate Hommel gives good advice about experimentation that is also essential to entrepreneurship. He visited for the Visioning Voices Community Speaker Series and Workshop.

Syracuse Architectural Digest: Tactical Urbanist

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Nate Hommel, urban designer

Nate Hommel, urban designer

Nate Hommel says that streets are public spaces. During a workshop and didactic session at Assumption Church, the Director of planning and design for University City District (UCD) told residents, students, and developers to hack, tinker, analyze and design to help transform spaces and help people love where they live. When you love where you live, he said, you start caring a lot more about things that go on and you become more involved.

Hommel is pictured at a the Freedom Garden on N. Townsend, which is a few stone throw away from where he was born (St. Joseph’s Hospital).

He is a graduate of SUNY ESF and has worked for UCD since 2012.

Syracuse Architectural Digest: Street Level Design

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
712 East Fayette Street (Almond Corridor)

712 East Fayette Street (Almond Corridor)

Syracuse Architectural Digest: Re-Thinking Blight

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Despite what we see sometimes, housing is one of our most under appreciated assets.

Despite what we see sometimes, housing is one of our most under appreciated assets.

We finally got a look at the Syracuse Land Bank’s portfolio of available residential and commercial properties. We wonder how soon they will coordinate with a company to do actual vacant house tours. In Pittsburgh this is something they are actually doing now.

Syracuse Architectural Digest: On The Sly

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Here is a great write-up by Rick Moriarty about one of the city’s most under appreciated architectural gems.

Urban Cycle

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Warren Street

Warren Street

Usage Quotient

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
“Once you make a park safe and beautiful, you have to give people a reason to use it…” Danny Meyer, restaurateur

Syracuse Architectural Digest: The Corridor, An Appreciation

Monday, August 25th, 2014
“[Leaders] have the power to create an environment in which people will naturally thrive and advance…” Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last
Can the Corridor become the new heart of the city

Can the Corridor become the new heart of the city

Last week the Connective Corridor threw a Midsummer Night Party at Forman Park. The event included dining, music and a public art instillation. We didn’t get to stay for the whole event, which started late due to midday rain, but what we saw looked like attending a big dinner party crawling with interesting people (including politicians, police officers, neighborhood business leaders, students, SU officials and visitors from out of town).

Despite what we think about the price tag and the construction delays, the Connective Corridor project continues to bring people together in Midtown, Downtown, on the Hill, and the Near Westside.

We realize there are other pressing issues for our city, such as the frequent water main breaks and aging infrastructure.  Most NY cities have this problem.

We also are convinced that there’s no magic bullet or cure-all for Syracuse (including downtown stadiums, highway re-routing and harbor hotels), but we applaud the radical focus the Corridor team has applied to coalescing the city through transportation/design/arts.

The Corridor office operates like a reality award-winning R&D shop and urban design center.They are dedicated to making the city work better and we’ve seen it up close.  The Corridor leadership under the direction of Marilyn Higgins and Linda Dickerson Hartsock has produced some great initiatives. Chancellor Cantor may have cast the vision, but Higgins and Hartsock helped bring it to pass.

Someday we all will look back and realize The Corridor was one of the five things that helped revive this city.

May the innovations continue.
Filming in Forman Park

Filming in Forman Park

Lifting the veil on urban design

Lifting the veil on urban design

Urban Rest Stop: Public Art Installation

Urban Rest Stop: Public Art Installation

Syracuse Architectural Digest: Lights, Corridor, Action

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Here is a good magazine issue about the use of lighting in landscapes that features a profile of the Connective Corridor.