Northland Community Design Studio

City and Regional Planning Senior Studio / Spring 2014 / Jesus J. Lara

Morse Road Corridor Strategic Visioning Plan

The goals for this studio are to thoroughly research and understand the concept of retrofitting suburbia and apply its theories and principles to the Morse Corridor and its context. Based on this understanding, we envisioned alternative planning and design scenarios for the site interface and its residents. While large-scale urban design and planning issues were examined, the studio emphasized physical and social aspects of urban design. It culminated in proposals for specific site plans and design details that relate to overall strategic design and planning ideas including but not limited to four themes: (1) open space and green infrastructure, (2) walkability and interconnectivity, (3) mixed-use environments and adaptive reuses, and (4) urban village and new downtown.