One important architectural typology key to the topic of sustainability is brownfield developments. Ecologists argue that redeveloping such sites is imperative and more critical than developing on a pristine undeveloped land also known as greenfields.
Over the past several months we have been fortunate to have quality projects that have enabled us to grow our staff strategically by hiring project manager level architectural staff, outstanding interns over the summer, and recent new graduates with resumes that jump off the page.
The Casino boat finally left the riverfront last week, after 25 years of having the boat parked at the front door of the City of Davenport. Now the decision is looming as to what to do with the barge that was used to dock the casino boat.
I am excited to see that a private developer is willing to challenge the riverfront development naysayers because any great park must incorporate a private development relationship in order to be successful at the scale of our City. Yes, Cities like Chicago, New York, St Louis are able to have 100 acre parks that attract millions of people each year. But a large park in a Mid-size city must have features such as restaurants, apartments, office, and other community amenities in order to bring life to the riverfront and have frequent visitors during all seasons throughout the year.