The Near West Side Charette took place on April 7, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Hosted by Community Design Solutions and Near West Side Partners, the day began with a brief overview of the neighborhood, focus areas, potential uses and site descriptions, followed by a day full of site concepts, designing, and development discussions regarding each site.
Architects, developers, city officials, funders, business owners, residents and friends of the neighborhood began with conceptual discussions, as well as potential and necessary uses to each site. The discussions focused on the “big ideas” and revitalization of the neighborhood.
The Architects presented their initial design proposals for feedback and revised their concepts based on group comments. The day concluded with the architects presenting their final proposals to enhance the neighborhood and spur additional investment.
On June 20, 2016 Carolyn Esswein, Director of Community Design Solutions, presented the final architectural renderings from the Design Charette at the monthly Neighborhood of Neighborhoods (NeON) meeting.
See the final Near West Side Design Charette presentation here.