The six entries in the Design Rochester competition ranged from small and modular to large and abstract, and all but one design centered on housing. Ultimately, the jury selected two winning designs -- one allowing for higher density but little visibility of the river; the other fitting well with the neighborhood and river but with lower of density.
"This is the kind of design I want to see more of in the community," city council member
The competition is one way the
"Really what we were seeking was ideas to generate conversations, not just with the neighbors, but with other people in
Throughout the process, the trust has met with neighbors and sought ideas.
"If the developer works on the front end with the neighborhood, they have a much better chance of coming up with a solution that is mutually beneficial," Design Rochester Director
"It'll be interesting to see how this process works and what the end result will be," said
Now that the competition is over, the trust will study the entries to have a better idea of appropriate density and other guidelines to send to architects for proposals.
"We'll take some time to be able to better define what would work there and then put that out for proposals to firms," Roland said.
LaPlante said many neighbors like single-family, low-density designs -- something that fits in with the zoning that already exists.
"I just want to see something aesthetically pleasing within the zoning that exists for the rest of the neighborhood," said
Jury members, however, favored adding some density to the area, particularly with the proximity to downtown and the river.
"Both (winning designs) had strong elements that we think are important, but the reason we picked two was, I would say, that both of them could be altered in such a way that they would really strongly fit the goals of the competition," Miller said.
Other than discussions of density, the two main priorities of the competition were to engage the adjacent river and park and allow people to "see through" the project in some way.
"I think we were looking for ways in which development along the river would recognize the asset that the river offers the city of
One of the winning designs offered a multi-family apartment complex. The design, by
The other design focused on modular housing and was smaller-scale, allowing breaks in the buildings with views and access to the river. That entry came from
Though none of the specific designs from the competition will be used as a blueprint for the site, the competition has spurred the conversation it desired.
"I think what [these competitions] do is they get people talking about, well, what do we want our city to be, and so I think it's less important that you come out with a project that you're actually going to build so much as you come with a set of possibilities or ideas that people can talk about," Fisher said.
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