Community Design Workshop for South Main Street

Greetings Community Stakeholders:

With the recent opening of Depot Park, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is seeking input and feedback from the public on possible improvements to the segment of South Main Street between Depot Avenue and South 16th Avenue. The CRA invites its citizens and stakeholders to participate in the design process by creating your ideal street. We are asking the public to submit designs for the corridor that best accomplish the project Guiding Principles as established from citizen and CRA Board input.

HERE’S HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Multiple opportunities over the next several weeks will be available for citizens to submit their ideas for how the 100′ of right-of-way along South Main Street could be configured to address the project Guiding Principles of:
(1) improve safety & connectivity for motorists, pedestrians, & bicyclists
(2) address increased parking demands associated with Depot Park and the Cade Museum
(3) improve the identity & visual character of the corridor
(4) balance the flow & accessibility of the street for all users

The first way to participate is to build and submit your concept by utilizing an interactive on-line design tool. This web-based program will allow you to insert and prioritize various streetscape elements such as vehicular travel lanes, on-street parking, bicycle facilities, landscaping, sidewalks, etc. while maintaining the 100’ of right-of-way.

Visit the following link for a complete overview of this process and how to submit your designs! Peak Democracy South Main Street (https://www.peakdemocracy.com/3941)

The second way to participate is by attending the planned Community Design Workshop any time between 12P-8P on Monday, August 29 or any time between 9A-12P on Tuesday, August 30 at the Gainesville Fine Arts Association @ 1314 South Main Street. The public is invited to DROP-IN at their convenience during the two-day workshop to take part in the design process of South Main Street by building an interactive model of your proposed street. Your design concept will then be recorded, documented, and eventually presented to the CRA Board for their consideration. CRA staff and its design team will be on-hand to assist you in the process and answer any questions.

Please consider sharing this announcement and we thank you for participating in this project and look forward to receiving your creative input!

Sincerely…Andrew

Andrew Meeker, RLA
Project Manager
Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency
802 NW 5th Avenue, Suite 200, Gainesville, FL 32601
Office 352-393-8205 | Fax: 352.334.2132
www.gainesvillecra.com | meekerag@gainesvillecra.com

Meet the Artist in Residence: Oliver Norden

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Editor’s Note: Since June 2016, Oliver Norden has served as Artist in Residence for the Design Center. Here, he describes the unique ideas and talents that he brings to his music, sculpture, and other artistic pursuits. Come out for ArtWalk on July 29th, 2016 between 7pm and 10pm to meet the artist Oliver Norden.

Creating an Emotional Landscape in Music and Art
by Oliver Norden

For my first thirty years, I lived in Europe, growing up in Belgium. During my childhood in Antwerp, I was profoundly influenced by my parents’ artistic interests and the importance they placed on culture. The placed a high value on the richness and variety that life has to offer.

Growing up, I visited museums all over Europe and viewed the great works by the old masters. Music and art filled our home always. My parents liked to listen to world music. But more than anything, we listened to classical music.

My mother is a sculptor now living in Antwerp, Belgium. My father was an antiques dealer. My brothers are still antiques dealers and living in Europe.

At the age of fourteen, I began to study piano. I was classically trained in my twenties. As a teenager, I spent entire afternoons in the library in Antwerp where I could listen to vinyl recordings of the great composers and at the same time read original sheet music by the composer. I was especially influenced by Chopin, Beethoven, and Mozart. As a young adult, I studied art in college and eventually earned my Master’s Degree in sculpture.

I remember going to auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s with my mother. Once, I saw a Kandinsky painting for sale. Like Kandinsky, I was interested in the colors and shapes that can be found in abstract art and music.

Kandinsky once wrote, “Music is the ultimate teacher.” He sometimes used musical terms to label his works, calling them improvisations and compositions. Music had a strong influence on the early development of abstract art. Music and abstract art do not describe the exterior world, but rather the internal world of emotions. Kandinsky’s series of paintings called compositions were primarily concerned with evoking a spiritual resonance between the viewer and artist. In the same way, I explore emotional expression in my music and art, creating a resonance between my piano and my listeners.

I moved to the United States in 1999 and settled in Florida, because I had family living here. I began to develop my visual art, working mostly in airbrush and sculpting. Profoundly influenced by my new environment, I began to explore improvisational variations of my favorite composers on the piano.

My piano improvisations have much in common with my sculpture. Using harmonic chords influenced by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart, I weave a free flowing, textured, and three dimensional form for the listener. Interwoven through the piece, I insert moments of dissonance and then pull you back in the harmonic. In this way, I give my audience and emotional landscape that we both can explore. I create an emotional vibration that resonates through my audience.

July 27th Public Forum Planned on UF Strategic Development Plan

UF students, faculty and staff, and members of the greater Gainesville community are invited to a public meeting Wednesday, July 27, where they will hear about progress on UF’s Strategic Development Plan and have an opportunity to provide feedback on future planning. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the GRU administration building’s multipurpose room at 301 SE 4th Ave.

The Strategic Development Plan will seek to provide a road-map for the university and surrounding community’s future that supports UF’s rise to preeminence by identifying the best opportunities for wise growth, economic viability and livability, allowing Gainesville and UF to rise to preeminence together. UF, along with consulting firms DumontJanks and Elkus Manfredi, will finalize and release the plan by December.

At this meeting, representatives from the university’s planning team will provide a brief introduction and overview of the work to date and then will facilitate several discussions focused on the themes of re-centering, uniting, and sustaining our community.

Work to date on the Strategic Development Plan includes a CoMap survey, where the UF and Gainesville community indicated where they live, work and socialize, and how they get from point to point. The survey also revealed Gainesville’s strong sense of connection with outdoor areas that surround our community.

UF leaders and the consultants have been meeting with key community stakeholder groups, including community leaders and business owners, about the plan since February, with meetings scheduled to continue into the fall.

For more information, visit the Strategic Development Plan website, and to download a PowerPoint presentation shared with the UF Board of Trustees in June.

You can also sign up for the latest news and updates regarding the plan.

We hope to see you there.

15 Years of Bringing Together Community and Good Design

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Please join me in celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Florida Community Design Center (FCDC). Founded in May 2001, FCDC was established to promote good community design in the built and natural environment of Gainesville, Alachua County, and the State of Florida.

As of May 26th, I joined the FCDC as Executive Director. Thank you to outgoing Executive Director Forrest Eddleton for his service to the organization and community.

I welcome the opportunity to discuss the great volunteer partnerships that FCDC has engaged in over the last 15 years–and your ideas for how FCDC can contribute to our community and state over the next 15 years. Please contact me at 352-318-9410 or Randy@FLCDC.org to schedule a meeting at our office, 101 N. Main Street.

Since 2001, FCDC has provided educational and reference materials about good design to the general public, provided training opportunities and continuing education for professional designers, and conducted numerous community design exercises, programs and initiatives. We have worked with established educational institutions, city and county government, and other non-profit and community organizations to provide future professionals with opportunities to learn while providing valuable design and community outreach services to the communities we serve. And we have conducted research in the principles, methods, and materials used to build sustainable communities, defined as those which balance economic, environmental, and social equity issues.

Sincerelly,
Randy Wells
Executive Director
Florida Community Design Center
101 N. Main Street
Gainesville, Florida 32601

Everybody Loves Popup Park

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from https://lifeofgreenbuddies.wordpress.com/comic/popuppark/

Beginning in 2015, students in the UF landscape architecture program, together with other Gainesville community members, created PopGNV.

Park(ing) Day originated in 2005 with a San Francisco art and design studio called Rebar. The original idea was to create a discussion about how valuable urban public space is used.

Based on PARK(ING) DAY website, pop up park was started in San Francisco by Rebar, an art and design studio, started with changing a car zone into a park. The size of the park can be vary from a park as small as one single parking spot into a whole block. Nowadays, the concept is been adaptable to address any social and urban issues, it’s becoming the urban culture.

Being surrounded with parks and recreation area, I feel lucky living in Gainesville, Florida. Unfortunately, there’s no park can be found in downtown and of course, just like any other growing cities, Gainesville turns some of the green area into building complex.

Inspired from the PARK(ING) DAY succeed, Florida Community Design Center (FCDC), a non-profit organization, planning to organize a pop up park event called POP GNV. it will be held on September 18th-19th, 2015 at 101 N Main Street – across the street from The TOP restaurant. Started in Fall 2014, FCDC is excited to host the event.

REFERENCES

http://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/
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AIA Gainesville Joins the Florida Community Design Center in New Downtown Space

AIA Gainesville and the Florida Community Design Center (FCDC) celebrated a new year of service to the design, architecture, preservation and sustainability with a move to new space in downtown Gainesville. The FCDC and AIA Gainesville are now sharing headquarters space at 101 North Main Street.

“We are delighted to make this move as part of our ongoing commitment to the Gainesville community,” said FCDC executive vice president Forrest Eddleton, AICP. “By welcoming AIA Gainesville to our headquarters building, the FCDC extends our ongoing commitment to the safety, sustainability and architectural character of the Gainesville community. Members of AIA Gainesville are dedicated to excellence, creativity, quality and safety in the built environment. Our missions are closely aligned.”

The motto of the FCDC is “Good design is good business,” reflecting the organization’s commitment to ensuring that the Gainesville community presents an architecturally consistent and attractive face to the world. The FCDC is made up of architects, engineers, landscape architects, planners, preservationists and community residents who support high-quality, sustainable building and neighborhood design. AIA Gainesville members are architects who belong to the national association.