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
Cities of Nanjing, China
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
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
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.
collage of 25 projects by elementary students, Tobin Montessori School
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...
collaboration with CKS
Shanghai Bund pedestrian redevelopment
competition - laureates
Historic restoration, infrastructure rebuilding.
MAX PAK: 2007
Harvard GSD Academic research project,
then mixed-use development project
Brownfields redevelopment, Transit-Oriented Development, Rails-to-Trails and City Sprouts