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New Acadia

CREATIVE ACTION ACADIANA COMPETITION
First Prize Award, Site Two

Lafayette, like many mid-sized American cities, is losing a young and
highly-educated creative class of millennials. These children of baby
boomers raised most often in a suburban condition are seeking out
stimulation brought about by more walkable cities defined by their
streetlife. According to market research, sixty-four percent of
college-educated millennials choose the city they wish to reside first
and then seek jobs; seventy-seven percent of these individuals choose to
live in the urban core.

New Acadia is a response to a growing demand for pedestrian-friendly and
self-sufficient neighborhoods within Lafayette’s urban core. By
creating a layering of diverse programs over the site, the neighborhood
is used more evenly and efficiently. Local residents can benefit from
reduced travel times by commuting closer and spending less money on
transportation.

Convent Street is closed to car traffic between Johnston Street and Lee
Avenue; it becomes a promenade for pedestrians and bikers to permeate
across the site. The blocks between Main Street and Jefferson Street are
divided between north and south to create an open axis that becomes the
heart of the new neighborhood. Street lanes are narrowed to twelve feet
to slow drivers down and a dedicated two-way bike lane is introduced on
Johnston Street linking the site with ULL’s campus.

The neighborhood is designed around self-sufficiency and multiplicity of
program. Retail and restaurants occupy the ground floor while housing,
offices, and institutions constitute the upper floors; three to five
story buildings replace current single story structures to increase
density in a site appropriate manner. A variation in housing types, from
micro-unit studio apartments aimed at college-aged students to
three-story town homes geared toward families, ensures the
neighborhood’s diversity of user groups.

The network of interstitial space created leaves an exceptional
situation for urbanism to materialize. The streetscape is arranged
around a series of public spaces, or nodes, that act as hubs of
interconnected informal social spaces that mediate between home and
work. The landscape and site elements are arranged in rows; this module
of continuous variation provides a cohesive language for site
organization. Finally, the site accommodates all modes of transportation
to act seamlessly together in hopes that resides will opt to walk and
bike more safely and efficiently.

 
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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Lafayette, LA, US
My Role: Individual entry

 
Site Plan
Site Plan
Existing Site, Aerial View
Existing Site, Aerial View
Site Considerations
Site Considerations
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