merle, January 16, 2012

The Winners Announced!

We are delighted to Announce the Winners of Strip Appeal.

 

JURY WINNER = Free Zoning

JURY RUNNER-UP = Park(ed) Mall

PUBLIC VOTE = Unbox-Embrace-Cohere

 

 

JURY WINNER = Free Zoning

by Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis (Davidson Rafailidis)

Site: Buffalo, NY

 

In this submission Davidson and Rafailidis take a derelict strip mall site in Buffalo, NY and show you how you can use the materials of the derelict mall to build a free-zone neighborhood.

Their proposal for the site has 3 main objectives:

  1. all building materials get demounted and sorted. They can be used for free for any new building activity on the site.
  2. The foundation is the most expensive building element to build as well as demolish. They propose to use the existing foundation as a seedbed for new construction.
  3. All uses are allowed. No zoning variances are required.

In their proposal they show you how you could use salvaged materials from the derelict strip mall to build a series of small houses and over a 25 year period how new mixed-use neighbourhood could result through this fee-zoning approach.

Given that 11% of Strip Malls are completely derelict in the U.S. this submission offers innovative and practical solutions for how to reuse the building materials of a such a mall to produce a sustainable neighbourhood.

Weblink: http://strip-appeal.com/?project=free-zoning

 

 

JURY RUNNER-UP = Park(ed) Mall

by Carole Levesque, Todd Ashton and Aumer Assaf

Site: Edmonton, AB

Park(ed) Mall takes 4 strip malls located in the north of Edmonton (Baldwin, Glengarry, Rosslyn and Lauderdale), and proposes to replace the static built strip malls in the four sites with a park and trailer dock which houses new mobile service trailers that are on a rotating schedule.

Park(ed) Mall retains the commercial activity that vibrant neighbourhoods need, while removing the dependence on passenger vehicles, encouraging people to walk in their neighbourhoods. Ho does it do this? By bringing the stores to you! Rather than getting in a car to drive across town to find the store you need, the strip mall nearest you is replaced by a park. A docking station is located in the park to which specially customized trailers, the new homes of the stores in the old strip mall, pull up. The trailers hook up to the infrastructure, water, power, waste and telecom available in the dock and open for business. When not in use by the mobile shops the sites act as neighbourhood parks.

Weblink: http://strip-appeal.com/?project=parked-mall

 

PUBLIC VOTE = Unbox-Embrace-Cohere

Geraldine Li and Jasper Hilkhuijsen

Site: Enschede, The Netherlands

 

 

As a remnant from the social ‘60s, the neighbourhood Wesselerbrink, located in the Dutch city of Enschede, is now dilapidated and became the place of refuge for lower income social groups. The need for social bonding is urgent and facilities for inhabitants are lacking.The now largely abandoned strip mall in the middle of the neighbourhood is perfect as location for a neighbourhood centre. From a monofunctional commercial building with strict opening hours, the building is redeveloped in order to host a wide range of activities; at different times and for different users. The architectural interventions that are made in the proposal are minimalized to those that activate the building in its surroundings and make it suitable for its diverse scope of users. The most crucial spatial intervention that is made is the removal of some non-structural walls to move from an alienating building that consists of a single volume, to an assembly of volumes. Suddenly the backside of the strip becomes another front side. Simple penetrations in every possible direction connect pathways and allow daylight to enter and embed the building in its surroundings.

 

Weblink: http://strip-appeal.com/?project=unbox-embrace-cohere

 

 

merle, January 8, 2012

Public Vote Function Now Active!

Have Your Say in the Strip Appeal Strip Mall Design Competition Public Choice Vote!

 

The Public Choice Vote is now Active! Voting runs till Mon Jan 16th 12 noon MST

 

You can vote for your favourite from the shortlist and have your say in the Public Choice Winner.

How the vote system works on the website:

1. each submission has a vote icon.
2. votes are made by clicking on the icon of a chosen submission and voters will be asked to give their email address.
3. an email will then be sent to the provided email address where voters will be asked to confirm their vote, directing them back to the website.
4. only one vote from an email address will be counted.

 

To inform your choice you may want to read some of the recent press coverage for Strip Appeal:

Rooftop soccer, outdoor movies: the new strip mall? –   Globe and Mail

Mall Stripped Bare – National Post

Canada's Strp Malls Crumble Towards Extinction  –  National Post

U of A asks designers to rethink '50-era strip malls  –  Edmonton Journal

Strip Malls getting extreme makeover   –  The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)

Redesigning the strip mall – Metro
 
Strip appeal – UofA Reseach

 

Happy Voting!

merle, January 6, 2012

Public Vote and Winners Party

 

Please join Dr. Rob Shields and Dr. Merle Patchett for the announcement of winners for Strip-Appeal in the Atrium, Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave, Monday Jan. 16 2012, 5-7pm.

Snacks are being provided from Nomad Food Truck and wine from Devine Wines (cash bar).

As of Monday (9th Jan) you can vote for your favourite from the the Strip Appeal Shortlist and have your say for the Public Vote Prize! The public vote will run till Monday Jan 16th at 12 noon MST.

To inform your choice you may want to read some of the press coverage for Strip Appeal:

Rooftop soccer, outdoor movies: the new strip mall? –   Globe and Mail

Mall Stripped Bare – National Post

Canada's Strip Malls Crumble Towards Extinction  –  National Post

U of A asks designers to rethink '50-era strip malls  –  Edmonton Journal

Strip Malls getting extreme makeover   –  The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)

Redesigning the strip mall – Metro
 

Strip appeal – UofA Research