A VISION FOR JACKSONVILLE; A UNIQUELY JACKSONVILLE RIVERFRONT IDENTITY
This short video summarizes the five-year initiative, led by AIA Jacksonville members, focused on creating a unique framework and context for development of the downtown Jacksonville riverfront.
The AIA Jacksonville Vision consists of a series of activity nodes, perhaps 12, developed along the riverbanks at key points with pedestrian links connecting from the river into the city. Activity nodes will have a Jacksonville-centric theme relating to the city’s history and culture. Each is envisioned to be centered around a 15- to 20-foot-tall icon relating to the respective theme.
Each activity node will be anchored by a 100-foot-tall waveform Marker visible from one node to another. Lasers on the Markers will provide for light shows along the banks and connecting across the river. The AIA visioning team believes the Markers, in aggregate, will provide a uniquely Jacksonville riverfront identity both day and night.
The AIA vision is NOT a plan or masterplan which mandates specific locations or featured stories for the activity nodes. The AIA vision provides a broad framework for all projects — past, present and future — featuring our Jacksonville story and engaging all constituencies in our community and visitors alike.
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The Team Involved in Creating “A Vision for Jacksonville”
Many members from AIA Jacksonville participated during the development of the vision. We invited others from outside the AIA chapter to share their ideas. All time and expertise by the AIA team was contributed pro bono. A core group of nine was engaged throughout the visioning process:
Chris Allen, AIA
Chris Flagg, ASLA
Brandon Pourch, AIA
Tom Duke, AIA
David Lafitte, FAIA
Alan Wilson, AIA
Dave Engdahl, AIA Emeritus
Ted Pappas, FAIA
John Zona, AIA
In addition to the team listed above, architect Yves Rathle created early rendering of our vision and architectural illustrator Ron Garnett produced the artist concept sketches of possible themed activity nodes.
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