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Project Information:

LITTLE ROCK CREATIVE CORRIDOR
Little Rock, Arkansas (2012)

The Creative Corridor retrofits a four-block segment of an endangered historic downtown Main Street through aggregation of the cultural arts rather than Main Street’s traditional retail base. The goal is to structure an identity for the Creative Corridor based upon a mixed-use working and living environment anchored by the arts. The design approach restructures the corridor into a node utilizing the landscape of streets—landscape architecture, ecological engineering, public space configurations, frontage systems and other townscape elements.

Catalyzed by the aggregation of cultural organizations scattered throughout the metropolitan area, this reclamation of a neglected historic Main Street proposes a land-use mix different from Main Street’s traditional retail base. This publicly commissioned plan provides an affordable downtown living option presently unavailable in Little Rock combining residential, office, culture, and tourism. The latter includes instruction and production space for the symphony, ballet, arts center, visual artists, theater, and dance, as well as a culinary arts economy that triangulates restaurants, demonstration, and education. To ensure a coherent identity among different eras of development, design solutions rely on the urbanism of streetscapes—landscape architecture, ecological engineering, public space configuration.

Project Awards:

2014:
+ AIA National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
+ American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Analysis and Planning

2013:
+ Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award

Thaden Reels exterior photo of it's angular modern structure at night

Thaden Reels

Lamplighter School Innovation Lab exterior photo at night

Lamplighter School

Marlon Blackwell Architects Lamplighter Barn

Lamplighter Barn

The restaurant space showing a beautiful mix of materials of concrete masonry units and plywood

COOP Ramen

Eleven Servery

Eleven Servery

Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center seen at sunset featuring a large overhanging 'front porch' overlooking fresh-cut grass

Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center

Harvey Pediatric Clinic red metal and glass profile shot looking across parking spots

Harvey Pediatric Clinic

Shelby Farms Park seen beyond a field of wildflowers across the lake in the summer heat

Shelby Farms Park Restaurant and Event Center

A view from the dock looking back at the Boathouse as people walk by

Shelby Farms Park Structures

Exterior photograph of a Flyrite location with two people sitting at a table

Flyrite

Steven L. Anderson Design Center Exterior exterior made of Indiana limestone, architectural concrete, and fritted glass

Steven L. Anderson Design Center

The church exterior seen at night, made of a box rib metal panel and red cross that shines from the top of a tower

St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church

The low-slung form of the pavilion, bathed in dappled light, hovering above the forest floor, acts as an apparition in the woods

Indianapolis Museum of Art Visitors Pavilion

Montessori Elementary entrance at night

Montessori Elementary

Keenan Tower House lit up at night as it towers over trees in the forest

Keenan TowerHouse

Exterior shot of the glass window walls and metal structure seen at sundown

Fayetteville High School

Blessings Golf Clubhouse seen at dusk lit from inside looking over the cut grass

Blessings Golf Course

Montessori Primary, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2014)

Montessori Primary

A wooden floors, walls, and ceilings look out through glass at the concrete museum

Crystal Bridges Museum Store

The building's exterior lit from inside at dusk during a rainstorm

Gentry Public Library

Interior airy wooden seating area below second flow overlooks with white ceiling and natural lighting

Northwest Arkansas Free Health Center

The exterior shows red stucco that spans the length of the gym with large blue volume, clad in a prefinished box rib panel

Quapaw Wellness

A view of the buildings beautiful white exoskeleton and night with lights shining from inside

Srygley Office Building

The Fulbright Building

The Fulbright Building

Moore HoneyHouse lit from inside at night with glowing jars of honey shining brightly through the glass

Moore HoneyHouse