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Townscaping an Automobile-Oriented Fabric

University of Arkansas Community Design Center

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This 5,000-person bedroom community was once a center of farming and agriculture, but today it is divided by a busy, five-lane arterial road. The plan incrementally retrofits the community by condensing infrastructure updates—such as the introduction of traffic roundabouts and public art—into a series of nodes that provide this car-centric town with a more vibrant pedestrian experience.

Jury: “This plan proves that a place laid out originally for cars can be adapted to a future where people are connected in other ways.”

Client: “The National Endowment for the Arts is always interested in projects that improve the liveability of communities. I believe this plan has elements and lessons for other communities, and it’s a model for places that are auto-dependent and for the idea of retrofitting suburbia. This is a great project and we’re proud to be a part of it.” —Jason Schupbach, director of design, National Endowment for the Arts
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