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Outcomes of the Charrette of 20 Feb 2010. The Event. 10 hours @ the Art Academy Co-sponsored by AIA Cincinnati UDC, USGBC, and Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati Support from Cincinnati Preservation Association, ASHRAE, UC Niehoff Urban Studio, Art Academy About 200 participants

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The Event

  • 10 hours @ the Art Academy

  • Co-sponsored by AIA Cincinnati UDC, USGBC, and Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati

  • Support from Cincinnati Preservation Association, ASHRAE, UC Niehoff Urban Studio, Art Academy

  • About 200 participants

  • Broad participation: designers, engineers, neighborhood residents, business owners, City staff, developer’s representatives, and others


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Urban Design

  • Urban design is aboutmaking connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. Urban design draws together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viabilityinto the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity. Urban design is derived from but transcends planning and transportation policy, architectural design, development economics, engineering and landscape. It draws these and other strands togethercreating a vision for an area and then deploying the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life.

  • "Urban design and city building are surely among the most auspicious endeavors of this or any age, giving rise to a vision of life, art, artifact and culture that outlives its authors. It is the gift of its designers and makers to the future.”

  • From www.urbandesign.org/urbandesign.html


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Four Mission Statements

  • For the Urban Scale:

  • The Casino will be a major venue within a constellation of arts, leisure and entertainment destinations in the Tri-State Metro area – including visual arts (e.g. museums, galleries) performing art s (e.g. theaters) parks (e.g. Sawyer Point) and the complementary amenities (e.g. hotels, restaurants, retailers, etc.).

  • For The Building Scale:

  • The physical nature of the Casino should enhance the neighborhood experience for the city’s citizens and visitors.

  • For Energy and the Environment:

  • The Casino should be designed, constructed and operated to minimize its impact on the environment.

  • For a Quality of Life:

  • The Casino should make the City of Cincinnati a better place for residents, stakeholders, and visitors.


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Physical Connectivity


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Transportation and Infrastructure


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Terminated Vistas


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Sequences of Arrival and Entries


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Public Placemaking


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  • Make them operationally independent and supportive of the greater Cincinnati constellation of arts / entertainment and business network

  • Place ancillary arts & entertainment venues, such as shops and restaurants, within the casino at edges of the complex and design them to engage surrounding streets.

Functions & Programming


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Geologic Context


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Massing


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Architectural Compatibility & Context


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  • The materials should be sustainable (e.g. – regionally available and from renewable resources if possible).

  • They should be long-lasting and of a high quality that evokes a sense of permanence.

  • The materials should have an aesthetic and contextual vitality.

  • The building should be clad in materials, such as glass, that reinforce a visual and functional connection with the neighborhood.

Materiality


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Landscape


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  • Disburse parking among blocks near the casino. effects and storm water runoff at the Casino and throughout the Casino district.

  • Conceal on-site parking and incorporate shared-parking strategies to avoid an over-supply of, or redundant parking.

Parking


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  • As a large highly visible project, the Casino should become a model for best practices in sustainable design – a “Green Beacon”.

  • Utilize best practices for water efficiency and stormwater management.

  • Incorporate simple design options such as skylights and light wells to reduce the need for utility usage.

Sustainability


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  • Design the casino to activate the streets and sidewalks going around, to and through the site, with glass and points of entry to place ‘eyes on the street’.

  • Design and operate the casino to encourage the exploration of downtown and Over-the-Rhine through programming, way-finding and pedestrian connectivity.

Safety


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