From Paris’ Les Halles to Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace, great urban markets have defined their cities. In in a competitive development climate like that of Washington, DC, even one lively, well-placed and thought out food store has the power to anchor and often jumpstart an urban neighborhood. Join AIA|DC and MV+A Architects for an exploration of urban renewal through accessibility to oft taken for granted amenities: grocery stores.In both Washington’s P Street/14th Street Corridor and Columbia Heights neighborhoods, MV+A achieved true but different catalyst effects: on P Street by completely rethinking the near-empty slate of a once riot-scarred block; at Columbia Heights by integrating a Giant Foods store within the rich context of a landmark theater and a new metro subway station.MV+A’s design at 77 H Street, NW, of a multi-story, mixed-use Wal-Mart location, a world first, within blocks of the U.S. Capitol dramatizes how good design can add value for all stakeholders. It’s a solution for an underserved inner city community that also incorporates small retailers. And it’s a major spur to growth in DC’s now-booming H Street corridor. On a prominent, yet complicated, urban site, MV+A’s Rodin Square design for Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway engages such neighbors as Paul Cret’s Rodin Museum and Williams and Tsien’s Barnes Foundation, while saving apartment dwellers from a true food desert belied by leafy surroundings.About the Presenter:MV+A has completed some 70 projects, large and small, for Whole Foods Market nationwide. They have collaborated with other architects on over 50 mixed use projects to ensure retail viability, and has helped guide every major grocer in the Washington, DC market to achieve success in urbanizing areas.After attending this course, participants will be able to:1. Describe how grocery stores fit within a blueprint of a neighborhood and help lead to urban renewal;2. Explore MV+A’s designs for grocery stores and how they incorporate the community;3. Analyze what goes into a planning a grocery store in a certain neighborhood; and4. Identify other areas right for this kind of urban planning.Credits: 1.0 HSW|LUPrice:$10 for students & Assoc. AIA members$15 for AIA, DAC, and OADC members$35 for non-members.Registration required.Please note: You must attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
MV+A Architects1200 G St NW#250Washington, District of Columbia 20005USA202.347.9403
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