Five Points Alley
The goal of this project was to engage the Walnut Hills community in an interactive process to develop a public space called Five Points Alley. This is a space that lies behind and between several buildings in central Walnut Hills which has five different alleys connecting to it. The area had become a dump and the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation was interested in rejuvenating it as a public space for the community. MetroLAB was asked to lead this process which began with a series of interactive community events. Students identified potential opportunities for the space from these interactions and created an event where the community could provide input and vote on their preferences for the space. The results of the voting illuminated several clear directives from the community:
1. The necessity for marking the entrances to the alleys.
2. The creation of infrastructure for exchange.
3. Maximum flexibility of program and use.
In Phase 1, community events were held, a flexible kiosk was built and a master plan for the space was developed.
SPRING 2014 PARTICIPANTS
Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation
Walnut Hills Commercial District
Five Points Alley Phase 2
In Phase 2 of the Five Points Alley project, the master plan was further explored with the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation and adjacent businesses. Priorities were defined and students began a series of events to involve the community in the process of creating seating, lighting, shading, performance stage, and overall site design. Several events were held in summer 2014 to involve the community in the design process. Mock-ups were created and tested multiple times culminating in an evening event.
Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation Walnut Hills Commercial District
SUMMER 2014 PARTICIPANTS