The Arizona State Capitol and surrounding mall in downtown Phoenix has become disconnected both physically and culturally. This project looks at ways the Capitol and other museums or cultural sites can adapt to better engage users and be reintegrated into the urban core, while also revealing the context of layered history and characteristics that make Arizona unique.
The design intent of this streetscape project on the Arizona State University campus is to address three specific conditions: 1) provide a buffer from the noise and wind along the South side of University Drive, 2) alter the sunken area on the North side of the Design School North building to make it a usable seating area with appropriate vegetation for the microclimate, and 3) make the Forest Ave. streetscape function as a drop-off and pick-up zone with shade, seating, and a focal point in the middle of the roundabout. All of this is to be done with the uniting themes of unique and adapted plant selections, pops of color, and strong geometry to bring the spaces together.
This was a joint project competition submission by Charles Anderson FASLA, Atelier Studio and ASU Master of Landscape Architecture students (Adam Adkins, Amanda Clayton and Jesse Westad). Completed in Spring 2012, 'Epicenter' is a multi-use complex developed for Seattle City Center Park incorporating sports, entertainment, recreation and education.