Throughout history, the waterfront has been a gathering place of community. New developments along the Ohio River have eliminated some of these essential communal interactions. The Kentucky side of the Ohio River is protected by the rising flood waters with earthen embankments or vertical walls. These 25’-high walls close off developments from the surrounding community, disengaging the community from the river and the development, which is unacceptable. The riverfront at Newport demands an exciting and vibrant development that opens the waterfront for both residents and visitors alike, creating an opportunity to bring community together and embrace both an impactful waterfront and inviting development. Development of a mixed-use project must understand the context and program. This starts by creating an armature that molds itself by the influences of site, surrounding community impulses, and intended uses. When done properly the project “Heart” emerges, becoming the pulse of the community. The essence of place resides in the successful blending of visceral impulses created by a balance of sight, smell, people engagement, activity, and sometimes quiet. This is where memories start.
We changed the paradigm. By adjusting the placement of the floodwall, new opportunities were created. By understanding neighboring developments, connective threads were extended – walkways and bikeways of continuous paths allowing people to navigate the length of the river, or to take respite within the heart of Pegasus to enjoy refreshments or the entertainment presented on the lawn.
Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)