These were my submissions for the Future is Now. This first one is a proposal for an "incremental" urban park the City has been talking about. Replacing a parking lot with a public park is a great idea, but the images the Development Department had put out were uninspiring and unresponsive to the human needs for which the park should provide -- like shade and seating. Click the image below to see the actual proposal with diagrams and explanations.
The next is an idea of how to reuse some of the unsightly parking decks around downtown. The concept is basically 1) to infill the bottom with leasable space that would activate the sidewalk with pedestrian life while still providing parking above 2) clad the parking floors to make the building feel more like part of the urban fabric.
Finally is a proposal I did with a Mike Shows for the riverfront entry. We heard the City was wanting to improve the entry and give it prominence (with very little money) so we showed some simple changes to make the underground entry noticeable and more inviting. I think of it as a temporary solution... maybe soon we can design a more inspiring and permanent intervention.