Wherein your opinion is solicited

brewerydistrict2Remember how we thoughtfully told you about the Michael Moose Design web blog, where Mike has been posting the transcripts from the recent OTR Brewery District charrette?  Well, we have an update from the eponymatical architectical bloggoficator himself.  Behold:

Five architect-led teams devised plans for the Brewery District, the area around Findlay Market.  The intent of the charrette was to find ways to build a community that could work and live in the same area. A key idea was to add at least one new use that would augment the Market and the new Rookwood Pottery that is going into the old Cantanzaro produce warehouse. Common to the groups was developing an internal, pedestrian-oriented spine along Pleasant Street and encouraging family-oriented housing south of the Market.  Most of the groups proposed, at the base of the hill above McMicken, a mixed-use project that would connect by tram to Bellevue Park.  Among the most intriguing ideas were a do-it-yourself brewery, bike paths through the old lagering tunnels, a Renovation Academy, and Hops on Top a scheme to grow hops on top of buildings.  The Renovation Academy would be a trade school for teaching residents how to renovate old buildings. Other good ideas were using the Ice House as a brew pub and the Moerlein Building as a collection of museums.  One group suggested using beer steins as wayfinding and branding devices.

Sounds good to me, especially the rooftop hops vineyards.  And the lagering tunnel bike paths.  And the tram to Bellevue Park.  And the brewpub, the Renovation Academy, and the do-it-yourself brewery.  Oh, and the museums.

Mike and the rest of Charretteers want to know what you think, so please leave a comment on his blog.

-Norm De Plume

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Published in: on April 10, 2009 at 12:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

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