As part of the 2014 AIA/IIDA Cleveland Design Awards, Natalie Shellhorn, an architectural intern with Perspectus Architecture, received the Honorable Mention Award for her studio project at Kent State University.
The project was focused on the village of Garrettsville, Ohio, which recently suffered a fire in its small village square.
With a concern for such communities relying too heavily on automobile use and stretching towards more suburban development patterns, this proposal was focused on improving small towns, with the desire to revitalize and reconnect the community with a new layer of pedestrian circulation.
Along with a “village walk,” the project includes a community center pavilion, providing residents with a place for special events and social gatherings.
Furthermore, eight temporary-use structures are scattered throughout the town along the path, providing flexible spaces for interaction and activity. Through their formal qualities, these structures help to capture images of the village.
Congratulations to Natalie for her fine work!