On April 02, 2018 Anchorage Alaska Mayor Ethan Berkowitz “declared downtown Anchorage, between 5th and 7th Avenues and A and C Streets as the Anchorage Design District, in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum and the Anchorage Community Development Authority. This declaration by the city and its partners the Bloomberg Philanthropies, demonstrates an investment in the creative economy and community while highlighting diversity and innovation.”
Bloustein graduate planning and design Fall 2019 students consulted with the Anchorage Museum to prepare an assessment and design plans for the city’s newly designated Downtown Design District. The Museum is the anchor institution of the new four city block district. Beautifully designed public spaces and pedestrian enhancements are envisioned to connect the downtown to the Midtown district and the Mountain View neighborhood currently identified as “the most diverse neighborhood in the USA 2017.”
This new Anchorage Design District is designed to celebrate the local vernacular and include the design of visual markers to create premier outdoor public spaces. The studio prepared a design strategy for Anchorage Downtown Design District to encourage vibrant, pedestrian-friendly development that is genuinely integrated with the city. Anchorage officials including the office of the Mayor, and the Anchorage Museum staff worked with the studio to envision their future Anchorage Design District by preparing a community-oriented presentation of an ArcGIS story map a new Esri product.
Instructor: Barbara Faga