Broken Sidewalk is teaming up with the Urban Design Studio to host the first in a series of charrette-style events we’re calling BUDAS, short for Brief Urban Design Area Studies. The first event, scheduled for THIS SATURDAY, November 6, 2010, and we’d love it if you could help us out imagining a better Louisville.
The idea is to get some creative people together to brainstorm about the potential of the Mid City Mall site between Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue in the Highlands. I don’t need to tell Broken Sidewalk readers how much potential there is for redeveloping this particular site, but it would be great if you could stop by and share your ideas!
The event takes place in two stages. First, from 9:30AM through 11AM, Broken Sidewalk and the Urban Design Studio will lead a guided tour of the Mid City Mall area to scope out the current conditions of one of Louisville’s most high-profile properties. We’ll be taking a look at the history of the site, the growth of Bardstown Road, and how the site interacts with the surrounding neighborhood. Meet at Heine Bros. Coffee across the street from the Mid City Mall at 1295 Bardstown Road.
Next, from Noon until 4:30PM, the really important stuff gets started—imagining the potential of the Mid City Mall area. We’ll be heading Downtown to the Urban Design Studio at 507 South Third Street where we can check out giant maps of the area and start sketching our ideas. We’ll provide the supplies, pens, markers, trace paper, and more. We’ll have some light snacks to keep the creative juices flowing as well.
When we have created the perfect reimagination of the Mid City Mall site, the Urban Design Studio and Broken Sidewalk will compile the results and publish a report on the UDS and Broken Sidewalk web sites.
Please join us for this free and exciting event! Do, however, fill out the simple RSVP Form on the Urban Design Studio web site so we can get a feeling for how many creative people will be showing up. And now, a blurb from our official verbiage:
The Bardstown Road Corridor is an incredible asset to the community. There are very few commercial corridors across the country that could compare in the sheer length and diversity offered along Bardstown Road. Though there are definitely other areas of the city that could use serious attention to the urban form from distressed corridors and sites in the West and South End to suburban sprawl along Hurstbourne and many other similar roadways, we have chosen the Mid City Mall site for this BUDAS in an attempt to generate solutions to help strengthen one of Louisville’s greatest assets. We believe that there is an incredible opportunity to promote economically feasible design solutions to this section of Bardstown Road that could potentially transform the corridor into a must see destination for visitors to our city and those that live, work and enjoy all it has to offer.
See you all on Saturday!