Movement on Main
Our concept is organized by three guiding, interrelated objectives that promote healthy living for all who live and work within the neighborhood. The three objectives – ‘Meditate’, ‘Move’, and ‘Collaborate’ – define the design program and physically organize the site in a linear method, from west to east.
We recognize that fitness of the mind (collaborate), body (move) and soul (meditate) are essential to holistic well-being. The concept interlaces these ideas into an interactive neighborhood street where all design interventions foster a socially, economically, programmatically, and environmentally-sustainable environment for all ages.
The first design objective is to create a significant green space at the west side of Wyoming Street by narrowing the street section and shifting the drive-lanes to the east. ‘The Woods’ concept responds to the writings of Richard Louv, ‘Last Child in the Woods’ and Rachel Carson’s ‘The Sense of Wonder’ in the sense that our urban spaces are often deficient of nature. This new, urban forest addresses the concept that fitness of the mind and connection to nature is equally important as exercise and nutrition in achieving balanced health. The Woods provides an ecologically-fit environment in which to explore, meditate, dream, and connect with the natural world. This linear space encourages equilibrium and fitness of the mind; key to this concept is promoting the woods as a ‘distraction free zone,’ implying that cell phones and other technologies that may interrupt solitude are discouraged.
Opportunities for physical fitness and movement occur throughout the concept; interactive exercise zones are concentrated at the east edge of Wyoming Street. Vehicular movement is slowed through a calculated narrowing of the street, thus providing a safer environment for activities along the street. Pavegen pavers — innovative floor tile technology that converts the kinetic energy from human footfall into renewable electricity — are implemented along the entire east sidewalk, which also serves as a jogging lane. Walking and running distances are easily calculated by embedded markings every ten yards within the sidewalk and roadway pavement.
Civic spaces to foster community creativity, collaboration, and health reverberate from Wyoming Street. ‘The Co-op,’ a centrally located community garden and urban agriculture plot, creates opportunities for residents of all ages to grow healthy foods and herbs with organic gardening. Trees in moveable planters located within the ‘Green Arena’ allow residents to change spatial compositions to suit myriad uses or sun angle. ‘The Art Lab’ is a showcase for the community’s creative side, providing graffiti art walls, modular perennial containers, drawing stations, and pedestals for sculpture for neighborhood collaboration.
Location: Syracuse, New York
Collaborators: Great Ecology, Kestrel Design, Transsolar, PPM
COEN + PARTNERS WINS THE 2015 SMITHSONIAN COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD
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