Invited charrette for Centrepointe development, Lexington, KY
With LIZ SWANSON
TEAM MEMBERS:, Anton Bakerjian, Patrick Fromm, Graham Gordon, Jordan Hines, Amy Westermeyer.
The Centrepointe Invited Design Charrette was an intensive three-day event sponsored by the College of Design in Lexington, Kentucky. Organized in response to the controversial “Centrepointe Development” proposed for the city’s literal and figural center, the goal was to offer design alternatives that could engage local residents in critical conversation about the impact of architecture on civic life. Three national design teams were invited to participate in the charrette. Conceptually, our project explored ‘centerpoint’ as a theme with an emphasis on the integration of historic structures and contemporary design; the creation of flexible public space; the maintenance of the site’s cultural history; and architectural design as process to foster collectivity. The design charrette culminated with a public meeting held on the campus of The University of Kentucky and a televised presentation to city council the following month. Our proposal was featured in several articles including: “Sound Thinking behind Strangelooking Designs,” by Tom Eblen for the Lexington Herald-Leader; “Centrepointe Alternatives Unveiled,” by Beverly Fortune for the Lexington Herald-Leader; and “Designers Develop Alternatives for Block” by Emily Coovert for the Kentucky Kernel.