Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Over the past 15 years, downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, has experienced an ongoing renaissance. New businesses, restaurants, theaters and residences abound in renovated buildings and new developments alike. However, two full city blocks lie underutilized just one block south of Charlottesville’s renowned pedestrian mall. Responding to a public call to craft a vision for the future of the site, the City of Charlottesville sponsored MARKET VALUE, a design competition to help Charlottesville proactively investigate the best alternatives for development. The competition sought realistic, innovative models for mixed-use development – ones that not only yield financial returns for a future developer of the site but also provide a “return on investment” to the public good by attending to issues of civic space, connectivity, affordable housing and green building.
The proposal from James Dayton Design (JDD) focuses on the ways in which buildings and the natural environment can fuse seamlessly, creating low-impact, healthy living environments, as well as sustainable outdoor spaces. Sustainable architecture must be achieved by approaching design holistically. Consideration for the building structure, together with living practices, can achieve a highly sustainable and low-impact environment that utilizes other systems in the city, creating a collaborative, functional network. The JDD proposal would provide a sustainable model for living and building exemplified through three main objectives:
Invest in collective and sustainable ways of living.
Create an efficient building and healthy living environments
Foster a strong connection with the City of Charlottesville and its communities.
**Please refer to the downloadable .pdf document on this page for the JDD competition boards.**