Design and Architecture:
Douglas Pierson, as Design Principal at (fer) studio, LLP
Christopher Mercier, Design Principal at (fer) studio, LLP
Renderings and models: Richard Solis, Linda Fu, Christopher Mercier, Elmer Barco
A truly visionary city requires a reframing in the form of a Polycultural Ecology rooted in the concept of bio-diversity and the benefits of shared systems and environmental exchange through diverse overlapping, interconnectivity and the interchange of cross benefiting conditions.
Cross-pollination is a term we use to explain our approach to urban design focused on developing the idea of diversity as a tool for sustainable progress. By addressing the unique and often underutilized spatial conditions within the city (e.g.: awkward areas between transit, civic, commercial, and residential zones), we are able to focus on the intermixing of systems, buildings, neighborhoods and communities rather than the traditional development of individual uses. By sharing individual benefits with each other, a stronger overall living condition emerges and a human ecology, driven by the cross-pollination of co-dependent public and private space, is established.
To focus on the development of a new environmentally innovative north end hub along the downtown commercial district, providing regional identity, cultural and commercial mixed-uses and transportation links, as a catalyst for future environmentally aligned development of the city at large.