Today, communities are striving for enriching and authentic experiences. Across all geographies and demographics, the desire for shared community space and a magnetic center that supports daily life is in full swing.
MKSK has been involved in the evolution of two signature districts -- Easton in Columbus, Ohio and Van Aken in Cleveland, OH. Both projects exemplify an earnest ambition to realize our shared cultural goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion in everyday life by tapping into local culture and expression. This was a goal of the planning and design process of both districts.
With real-world project and program examples focused on aspirational retail entrepreneurship and curated local art, we’ll demonstrate how new mixed-use environments can celebrate authenticity, utilize local fabricators and artists, and foster diverse entrepreneurship to activate place and embed local pride and connection into a community-centered space.
1. Understand how landscape architects are uniquely positioned to bring together a diverse team of artists, makers, and entrepreneurs to create authentic community spaces.
2. Learn about community-centered approaches to designing mixed-use districts. (not your typical community engagement sessions)
3. Understand how activations are a tool that landscape architects can use to create enduring public spaces that are inclusive and evolve with the community.