Large scale built environments, mixed-use developments and revitalization initiatives benefit from our transdiciplinarian experience.


JINNUI: HEART OF A REGION: 2011

collaboration with APA and
Area Workshop

Cities of Nanjing, China
Jinnui, China

Masterplan proposal

Jinnui, located north of Nanjing, was selected to host portions of the 2014 Youth Olympics. Hartness Vision was asked to rebrand the city, by identifying its strengths, and developing a strategy that could be deployed over time in the built environment. We identified the surrounding fields, fisheries and stockyards as the foundation for a marketable culinary culture. An expansive local path network and low downtown rent prompted us to draft the field-to-table proposal that is currently being implemented, with pedestrian zones, locally-sourced restaurants and service-oriented mixed use developments.


NEW YORK CITY AIDS MEMORIAL PARK COMPETITION: 2013

 NYC’s first AIDS memorial, and park

Collaboration with YGSD
Size :  18,000 sq ft,  Budget: $30Million

Open competition - Finalists

The combined site is experienced through the 2 ramped passageways, that begin and end at the same place but remain separate. “Health“: embodied by the verdant park, benches, and vegetation-- surrounds “Infection”--symbolized by an isolated ramp. The two realities are visible to each other but separated by a glass enclosure.

At the triangular intersection of Twelfth, Seventh and Greenwich we propose a gently sloped park for neighborhood residents and visitors. The further one descends, the greener the park becomes, as edge foundation walls are lined with vertical plantings culminating in an internal winter garden

Our Memorial is the infrastructure for education, information and activism. An environment for understanding and compassion replaces conveyance of shame and regret. Instead of calling out names, it provides a respectful venue without stigma.


GREEN LONDON: 2010

Green / eco branding initiative
London

Open competition - finalists

The London Underground sponsored a competition to communicate the overarching concepts of London as a city driven by ecology and sustainability. As finalists, we made a pretty good showing, pursuing a proposal that is iconic and illustrative.


DESIGNING FOR POST FLOOD CHINA: 2009

collaboration with CKS

Bengbu riverfront masterplan
Bengbu, China

Invited competition - Runner-up

Bengbu was afraid of its River, a vast body of water that swelled with the spring thaw. But the river is a way of life, and we recommended  designing to interact with the riverfront. We proposed an intertwining dance with dragon (river) and the phoenix (the city) and established development zones of varying intensity in key locations. As we anticipated the high speed rail connection to re-vitalize Bengbu, we proposed an incubator zone built up around the new train station.


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TOBINTOWN: 2008

collage of 25 projects by elementary students, Tobin Montessori School
Cambridge, MA

Kindergarten workshop, Harvard GSD

This is the city, seen through the eyes of kindergartners. Everyone's drawings were brought together to make a vital, vibrant city.


FOUR POINTS DEVELOPMENT: 2008

project director, with CKS

Four Points LLC -  Anacostia historic district, Washington DC

PUD conception, design, permitting 1.5 M sqft.

A rare opportunity to redesign and stimulate disadvantaged neighborhoods in Washington DC. To be continued...


SHANGHAI-BUND: 2007

collaboration with CKS 

Shanghai Bund pedestrian redevelopment
Shanghai, China

competition - laureates

Historic restoration, infrastructure rebuilding.


MAX PAK: 2007

Harvard GSD Academic research project,
then mixed-use development project
Somerville, MA

Brownfields redevelopment, Transit-Oriented Development, Rails-to-Trails and City Sprouts