The Urban Design and Research section collaborates with local schools on assorted visioning projects as a way to generate new ideas and give students vital experience.
Virginia Tech – Rosslyn Waterfront
Students were asked to envision what could be done with a new, accessible Rosslyn waterfront. Three programs were developed for students to choose from, each including both a means for arriving and an activity at the site.
Pranjali Rai – School Development in Urban Areas
Arlington County has experienced a shift from single family neighborhoods to high density areas in the past two decades. Pranjali’s thesis addresses barriers to elementary school development in these urbanizing areas through creative design and planning strategies.
Adam Watson – A Walkable Lyon Village Shopping Center
Adam analyzed the existing conditions of the intersection at the Lyon Village Shopping Center and provided recommendations for improving walkability. These recommendations could reduce congestion and car crashes, increase pedestrian safety and more.
Pranjali Rai – Open Space Analysis
In 2014, intern Pranjali Rai was tasked with conducting post-occupancy evaluations for recently completed open space projects in Arlington. The goal of this research was to carefully analyze the use, design characteristics and pedestrian circulation as a means to evaluate their effectiveness, lessons learned and gain an understanding of how urban design can generate a sense of place based on the composition and materials used in the design.