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    Aaron Plewke May 12 '06 11

    (this represents the work of a weekend. My girlfriend and I worked together on it, and entered it into a local design competition, which was displayed at the Emerging Architect's yearly gallery show. The competition brief asked entrants to address the Southbank of the St. John's River in Jacksonville....we plan on further developing the scheme and the individual pieces of architecture within it for our portfolios. comments / questions please...)


    Activating the Southbank

    A design proposal by Meredith Klein and Aaron Plewke


    This design concept operates at 3 scales:

    1 - Downtown
    First, we propose connecting the Southbank with the Northbank. To this end, we are
    creating a “Bridgewalk” that will connect the Riverwalk near the Landing to the
    Riverwalk near the Maritime Museum and Friendship Park.

    2 - Park
    Second, we propose re-configuring Friendship Park to create a more comfortable public
    space with increased opportunities. To this end, we are implementing expanses of grass,
    trees, and various elements that reinforce the human scale.

    Currently, the grand scale of the existing fountain overpowers the park. Although
    Friendship Fountain is an important icon for the City of Jacksonville, it is our position
    that it can remain iconic while giving way to design moves that make Friendship Park
    a more habitable public space.

    3 - Museum
    Third, we propose consolidating the Maritime Museum's functions into a single building.
    This new building will be located on the West side of the Main Street Bridge, in the
    same general spot as the current half-Museum building. This location will allow the
    new building to engage the newly re-configured Friendship Park. The half-Museum to
    the East of the Main Street Bridge will be replaced by the Maritime Memorial Garden.
    This intimate public space will serve as a counterpoint to Friendship Park.

    The newly activated Southbank will become home to a Cultural Campus, complete
    with the Museum of Science and History, the newly consolidated Maritime Museum, River
    City Brewing Co. and Marina, and Friendship Fountain (the remix), all unified by a
    re-configured Friendship Park.



    image Site Plan, the Jacksonville Landing on the Northbank, connected to the Southbank by a Bridgewalk

    image Site as it exists. The large fountain in the center of the park measures 100' across.

    image Our initial plan concept, as submitted to the Jacksonville Times-Union for publication in an article later this month. We were also interviewed for the article, which was previewed at the Jacksonville AIA chapter gala last night. Our comments were quoted throughout the article, including this, the closing paragraph: "It may sound cliche, but we represent the future of Jacksonville," Plewke said. "And as young architects, we have the potential of impacting the built environment. More than individual exposure, the EA Gallery gives us the opportunity to add to the public's discourse about architecture, design, and specifically, the character of downtown."

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    Buildings

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    Paths

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    Water

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    Vegetation

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    Illustrative Plan

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    Zoom in...

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    Perspective images in context

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    Section of Bridgewalk

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    Experiential section through site

     

     
    • 11 Comments

    • Steven WardSteven Ward
      May 12, 06 12:52 pm

      masters of brevity and concision.

      AP
      May 12, 06 1:29 pm

      lol...gimme a minute...

      AP
      May 12, 06 1:31 pm

      oh, i should have said: Meredith and I are both UF alumni, so posting this project on the schoolblog is appropriate...

      Javier ArbonaJavier Arbona
      May 13, 06 2:09 am

      concision...that's a new word.

      vado retro
      May 13, 06 6:31 am

      I have seen the future of Jacksonville and it is Aaron "Concision" Plewke!!!

      Steven WardSteven Ward
      May 13, 06 7:34 am

      good one, no? i like the back story from dictionary.com:

      "n : terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words [syn: conciseness, pithiness, succinctness]

      (Gr. katatome; i.e., "mutilation"), a term used by Paul contemptuously of those who were zealots for circumcision (Phil. 3:2). Instead of the warning, "Beware of the circumcision" (peritome) i.e., of the party who pressed on Gentileconverts the necessity of still observing that ordinance, he says, "Beware ofthe concision;" as much as to say, "This circumcision which they vaunt of is in Christ only as the gashings and mutilations of idolatrous heathen."

      Steven WardSteven Ward
      May 13, 06 7:43 am

      not to ignore the project, aaron. some nice ideas going on. i like the pedestrian bridge sidecar, especially.

      the drawings are very clearly presented and you've got landscape plans that show some commitment, unusual in most architectural projects. i'm glad you spent some time on the vegetation plan, paths, etc because they're integral to what you're doing but a lot of architect-types just pay attention to the structures themselves.

      only negative: looks like you were a little timid about owning the landscape to the south (?) by the existing buildings and at the area around the bridge. in reality there may be acquisition issues but, for the purposes of a project you should maintain the holistic approach you've taken throughout and project a vision for tying these areas in as well. the piece east of the bridge looks isolated.

      looks great overall. the future of jacksonville's lookin' pretty good indeed.

      AP
      May 13, 06 11:09 am

      concision is indeed a great word...although the context of Mr. Ward's initial comment may have been lost (at that moment I hadn't posted anything, just an introductory sentence, which he responded to with unparalleled brevity and concision...although I am seldom brief, I do aspire to concision and precision...whether or not that is on display above...

      Thanks for your comments...as I mentioned, this project isn't over for us, so any feedback is appreciated and will be put to use as we proceed...

      Have a great weekend, happy Mother's Day to you/yours.

      DEVicox
      May 14, 06 11:50 am

      I've studied the North bank extensively, so its nice to see some analysis of the other side of the river. I think your proposal is interesting, but I would definitely like to see how it would affect or be affected by the growing residential density in this area. It would become a relief point for the residents of the two condomiun-towers being built close by, how big of a role would this play for your intervention? (or vice versa)

      AP
      May 14, 06 3:58 pm

      DEVicox, that was certainly taken into consideration...St. John's Place (by Arquitectonica) is more than likely going through in the near future, in addition to the 2 towers currently under construction...although our project responds most directly to the riverwalk and the proposed Bridgewalk, it also considers the pending character of the Southbank. More than our project being shaped by the relatively banal residential towers being built, it would be nice if a project such as ours on the existing Friendship Park site (public, urban and connective) would influence future residential development...

      AP
      Oct 8, 06 12:55 pm
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