storrow|kinsella post archive

#17|Role of Greenspace in City Development

#17|Role of Greenspace in City Development

On March 3, 2017, local and national community leaders discussed the value of urban parks and greenspaces in maintaining a world-class city at the Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at the University of Indianapolis. The  day started with an INconversation between Justin Garrett Moore and Neelay Bhatt during lunch. Justin, an urban designer and the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission, is a graduate of Arlington High School in Indianapolis. Neelay is the vice president of PROS Consulting and a Board Member of the National Recreation and Parks Association. Meg Storrow, FASLA, participated in a panel discussing[...]
#16|Premiere screening 10 Parks That Changed America

#16|Premiere screening 10 Parks That Changed America

Post Script: The event described below is now past, but was very successful. The PBS Special itself can be viewed on YouTube. PBS Senior Producer Dan Protess  will host the Indianapolis premiere of the PBS Special, "10 Parks that Changed America" at Garfield Park Art Center, in Indianapolis.  The showing, Tuesday April 12 from 7-9 pm, is open to the public and free. Popcorn will be served! Dan will introduce the special, and moderate a panel discussion regarding the importance of parks to Indianapolis and its region.  Panelists are: Joe Wynns, Indianapolis Parks Board member and former Parks Department Director; Bob Bronson, Chief State and Community Outdoor Recreation Planning, Indiana Department of Natural Resources;[...]
#15|Promethean Walk|the Gift of Fire: an emerging civic space

#15|Promethean Walk|the Gift of Fire: an emerging civic space

Visit the Promethean Walk Campaign An exciting development  is occurring near the corner of Massachusetts and College Avenues. Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local Union 416 is expanding its headquarters there and consolidating its campus to better serve both its membership of over 2000 active and retired firefighters, and its neighborhood. 30 years ago, the Firefighters purchased and restored the abandoned 1872 Fire Station No.2, establishing their union hall on a then-struggling Massachusetts Avenue. Mass Ave is now prospering as a Cultural District, and restored Station No. 2's Fire Museum, Survive Alive program, and community-shared meeting rooms and green-spaces[...]
#14|Karst Farm Greenway named 2015 Outstanding Indiana Trail Project

#14|Karst Farm Greenway named 2015 Outstanding Indiana Trail Project

The Karst Farm Greenway in Monroe County, Indiana received the 2015 Outstanding Indiana Trail Project award from the Indiana Greenways Foundation at its annual meeting in Indianapolis. The three-mile long paved bicycle and pedestrian trail, in the rapidly developing west side of Monroe County, was dedicated in July 2015. The trail begins at Karst Farm Park and continues north to Vernal Pike where it connects to the YMCA. It's character ranges from a rural experience, meandering through and around rolling fields and woods, to a more urban network within the Gifford and Endwright Road right-of-ways but still separated from traffic. It[...]
#13|Cincinnati Design Awards

#13|Cincinnati Design Awards

It is great to see cross-discipline collaboration in the placemaking professions.  The Cincinnati Design Awards program, now in its nineteenth year, is a joint program of Cincinnati area architecture,  interior design, experiential graphic design, and landscape architecture professions. Meg Storrow represented the landscape architecture profession on the invited jury, joined by architect Eddie Jones, Principal of the Jones Studio in Phoenix, AZ; Natalie Engels, Design Director of Gensler in Silicon Valley, CA;  Oscar Fernandez, University of Cincinnati School of Design; Cybelle Jones, Principal and Studio Director at Gallagher & Associates, Washington, DC; and Mike Tittei, Executive Creative Director at gyro in Cincinnati. [...]
#12|June 2015: East 10th Street Gateway Revisited

#12|June 2015: East 10th Street Gateway Revisited

We revisited the  gateway recently and found Carl Leck's murals still powerful, the plant material thriving, and tons of walkers and cyclists moving smoothly from the Monon to the Cultural Trail and to and from the Near Eastdside neighborhoods on a beautiful Sunday. We also experienced a new insight. What had been the deafeningly annoying noise of the interstate bridge traffic as it pounded the expansion joints overhead took on a whole new character in the transformed and dynamic space.....it became, to our ears, a rhythmic 'Bang-on-a-Can" percussion performance! Context as shaper of perception. And as another indicator of how[...]
#11|Meg Storrow elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

#11|Meg Storrow elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

ASLA Elevates 37 to Fellowship, June 2015 Meg Storrow at Fellow Investiture Dinner, Chicago 2015 June 23, 2015 Press Release: The American Society of Landscape Architects The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 37 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2015. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO,[...]
#10|New studio location...and its perfect!

#10|New studio location...and its perfect!

The moving disruption is over (April 12 update: its been almost a year now) and the new storrow|kinsella studio is up and running at 303 North Alabama (second floor #240). Its at the NE Corner of Alabama and New York Streets (the red brick attachment to the historic Vienna Building) and overlooks the Cultural Trail and Downtown Indianapolis. Visitor parking in the Lockerbie Marketplace, but also walkable from anywhere downtown. A yellow bike share station is just up the street as well. The studio is a light-filled open space, just a five minute walk along the Cultural Trail from our Riley Tower[...]
#9|Wabash River Scenic Byway: Publication

#9|Wabash River Scenic Byway: Publication

This Wabash River Scenic Byway Management Plan guides the management of the 16-mile long river corridor through Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The plan integrates roadway design, wayfinding, and land stewardship under the grand theme of the river's 2.5 million year history. This interpretive lens melds geology, archaeology, anthropology, geopolitics and ecology as defining aspects of place and guides ongoing management collaborations. The River Road State Scenic Byway was designated in 2008. This plan was funded by the Indiana Department of Transportation with a local grant match provided by The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation. The planning process consolidated the wealth of previous planning efforts and community outreach[...]
#8|State of the Art in Virginia

#8|State of the Art in Virginia

We are excited about the recent release of  Virginia's statewide guidelines for multimodal planning and design. Our role as advisor and peer reviewer during development of the plan was based on our experience in producing a series of multimodal planning documents for the Indianapolis eight-county region over several years. The Indianapolis Regional Center Multimodal System Plan and its supporting Multimodal Corridor and Public Space Design  Guidelines were a Best Practices reference for Virginia's process.  Production of the Virginia guidelines was managed by Transit Planning Manager, Amy Inman, and the guidelines document was produced by the Renaissance Planning Group. It received an American[...]
#7|The Rewards of Historic Preservation

#7|The Rewards of Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource consulting is sometimes dismissed as an honorable though not particularly cutting-edge undertaking for a design-based studio such as ours. We think otherwise. Public landscapes and spaces are ephemeral either through inattention, succumbing to competing spatial/economic pressures or mismanagement (and yes, design has a hand in that as well...not everything old is good, and in contemporary terms, much of the new is mediocre if not bad). Public spaces need constant attention and periodic renovation/renewal. And too many design plans either don't survive the political and funding cycles of public work, or are implemented as cost-constrained phased[...]
#6|"BIG IDEA" for Parks and Open Space

#6|"BIG IDEA" for Parks and Open Space

An Indianapolis publication recently asked storrow|kinsella  "what is your BIG IDEA" regarding parks and open space planning and design for Indianapolis. Our response was that there are shelves-full  of great  ideas but a lack of an implementing framework for their coherent execution and sustenance across the region we call home. Our unlikely-to-be-published Big Idea follows: Re-imagine the current hierarchy of public system management. The idea: Establish a method/agency to guide the spatial and transportation systems that define the region, with a charter to integrate and guide land use growth, preserve open space, and create balanced multimodal transportation as a framework for a regional constellation[...]
#5|Rapid Transit: The Downtown Approach

#5|Rapid Transit: The Downtown Approach

Background: In 2013, Indy Connect was in the public comment stage regarding proposed regional rapid transit routes and how/where they originate, network, and converge on the Indianapolis Downtown. Two specific route alternatives werepresented for the Green Line from Noblesville as it departs the NE Corridor rail alignment and enters the street network near East 10th Street. Technologies in contention are either Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or some Light Rail Transit variant (LRT).  From there, two route alternatives wereproposed: Mass Avenue or 10th Street/Fort Wayne.  Our strong preference for a modified Fort Wayne route was coupled with the recommendation that an urban design[...]
#4|Institute of Transportation Engineers

#4|Institute of Transportation Engineers

Download PDF of the article The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) published a peer-reviewed technical article in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of  Transportation.  While wonkish,  it demonstrates the background efforts SKA undertakes to achieve seemingly straightforward improvements to walkability.  In this case it was on behalf of the Midtown Indy  neighborhood of Indianapolis, for whom we prepared traffic calming, bicycle-pedestrian accommodations and urban design for its North Meridian Street-Westfield Boulevard-Central Canal Towpath intersection. Our environmental report for this federal enhancements-funded project included recommendations that went well beyond that intersection since effective multimodal transportation management considers networks as systems. The published case[...]
#3|Near Eastside Catalyst Plans

#3|Near Eastside Catalyst Plans

Storrow|Kinsella Associates prepared the East 10th Street Urban Design and Gateway Plan in 2009. Seven years ago...and a plan is considered to be aging after five years! But it hasn't spent that time gathering dust on a shelf. It had identified as high priority the remaking of the dreadful Interstate 65/69 "north split" underpass area from a barrier to a gateway to the near eastside neighborhoods. That has been implemented with great success. Our detailed design process for the gateway was accompanied by strategies that brought together multiple partners and agencies to fashion an inspiring connection between the[...]
#2|Elkhart's Northwest Gateway News

#2|Elkhart's Northwest Gateway News

The Elkhart TRUTH - LOCAL BUSINESS: ELKHART COUNTY'S NORTHWEST GATEWAY PLAN CLOSER TO BECOMING A REALITY Published: Sunday, August 14, 2011 By Josh Weinhold, Reporter Motorists entering Elkhart County's northwest side could soon be greeted by a village. "The Village" is the working title for major proposed development in the county's so-called Northwest Gateway, the entrance into Elkhart from St. Joseph County at the corner of Old U.S. 20 and Ash Road. An effort to significantly improve an area county planning officials have called an eyesore, the project would include major changes to the makeup of Old U.S. 20 and aims to draw retail, residential and[...]
#1|Connect the Dots on East 10th Street

#1|Connect the Dots on East 10th Street

INDYSTAR.COM 11:33 PM, Jul. 20, 2011 [feature story about storrow|kinsella-designed 1oth Street Connect10n project] LET'S CONNECT DOTS BETWEEN GREAT SPOTS erika.smith@indystar.com I'm no fan of road construction, especially the kind of construction that forces me to take a detour unless I'm walking or riding a bike. But sometimes it's just flat-out necessary -- and I'm not just talking about the need for smoother streets and sidewalks. That's short term. Sometimes, construction projects can have the long-term effect of setting an example for urban planning. This -- at least, I hope -- is the case with the 10th Street Legacy Gateway Project. Earlier this week, the city blocked off East[...]

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