Two years ago, local architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross completed an Inner Harbor plan anchored by a grandiose billion-dollar convention center, hotel and arena. Since then, Exelon Corp. announced it would move its Constellation operations to Harbor Point and two Inner Harbor “big box” stores closed shop, Best Buy and Filene’s.
City leaders hope that by this time next year they’ll have returned from Annapolis with funds to put toward making the Inner Harbor what its original designers intended it to be — “a playground for Baltimoreans.”
Virginia Commonwealth University’s governing board on Thursday approved a $3 billion “aspirational” master plan that would provide housing for an additional 1,300 students, increase parking for several thousand cars and build 3 million additional square feet of academic and research space.
The District has gone through some profound changes since Pierre L’Enfant inked his vision for the planned city, some that nearly destroyed its fabric, others that have elevated it to one of the most sought-after real estate towns in the world.
CORTEX, the bioscience and technology research hub in midtown St. Louis, is unveiling today the $186 million Phase 2 of its five-year master plan for development that will bring 1,400 new jobs and 384,000 square feet of additional lab and office space to the district.
As requested by the K-State Student Union, the architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross is in the process of conducting a feasibility study based on student recommendations to create a proposal for renovations to the Union.
With RG Steel’s bankruptcy and the sale of the iconic steel-making facility to two companies, the long decline of the largest steel factory in the world is all but complete. Rather than just mourning the plant’s demise, City Paper contacted planning and architecture firms, along with politicians, asking them to imagine what Sparrows Point should be in the next five to 10 decades, what the area could be and look like, unconstrained by budgets, politics or other concerns.
After 18 months of planning and community discussions, the University unveiled a new 10-year Institutional Master Plan Notification Form (IMPNF) at the Harvard-Allston task force meeting, enumerating projects that administrators deemed to have a “major transformative” effect on Harvard’s expanding campus.
In the next fifteen to twenty-five years, Swarthmore College, guided by the Strategic Planning process, envisions two hundred more students, improved athletic facilities, and revamped and expanded student gathering spaces. While nothing is slated to be built just yet, the college has commissioned the architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross to create a master plan, which will articulate the needs of the College and the possible ways in which the school can deal with them.
The John Paterakis-led Harbor East Development Group unveiled plans today to increase the density of Harbor Point by two thirds, in order to better finance the ambitious waterfront project.