ENVISIONING RESILIENCE AND REVITALIZATION IN THE APREMONT TRIANGLE NEIGHBORHOOD
This urban design studio partnered with the City of Springfield to investigate the complexity of issues facing the Apremont Triangle neighborhood within the metro district and develop a range of conceptual designs. The studio focused on developing ideas that improve the livability of the neighborhoods, walkability of streets, and improve the environmental and economic health of the neighborhood. Resiliency in this context means that the neighborhood strives for a social and physical balance.
The Studio began by conducting an inventory and analysis of cultural, economic, and ecological factors that influence the neighborhood. A series of community engagement strategies were employed to gather input and perspective of neighborhood needs. These included an online survey, meetings with neighborhood organizations and key stakeholders, a storefront gallery display on Chestnut Street, and a findings presentation to the community.
The proposed conceptual designs aim to revitalize and improve the neighborhood in a many ways including, walkability and connectivity of the neighborhood, employing green stormwater management practices, phytotechnologies, increasing urban agriculture, illustrating local education and business opportunities.
This studio reached out to numerous community organizations and created new partnerships that will benefit future research and design work. This effort will strengthen the role of community organizations in the city and give them a stronger voice.
The work reveals the underused potentials of a neglected and underused area in the city of Springfield.