Old School Square Master Plan Project:
Delray Beach, Florida
Anticipated Date of Completion: 2020
Analysis of the site began with consultation from the Community Redevelopment Agency as well as substantial involvement from community leaders and participants consisting of representatives from all geographical areas of the city. A public ‘poll’ survey was produced and conducted with the purpose of gathering a list of categories significant to users and prioritizing them in order of importance. The process continued with constant community involvement through several charrette meetings. These brainstorming sessions, informed by survey results, proceeded to refine the hierarchical list of categories and began the process of integrating the categorical elements into the site plan. A major challenge was in accommodating large venues, like the ‘Christmas tree lighting’, for which the new infrastructure required for the 100′ tall tree meant the existing tree placement needed relocating. As the monthly meetings continued, exploration into circulation / movement / connectivity brought forth the introduction of ‘activity edges’ to organize and reinforce inter-connectivity within the site. ‘Figure units’ shown in varying colors were used to represent grouped amenities and aided in determining location and placement that ultimately shaped the Old School Square master plan.
Many years of continued usage and neglectful maintenance prompted the community to demand a completely new plan for the site. Therefore, the Old School Square Master Plan Project was developed for the purpose of upgrading the existing site and creating cohesion between the historical and modern elements of the campus. The proposed design is intended to provide improved infrastructure for flexibility of use, support ongoing programming / daily use of facilities, provide economic opportunity, as well as generate intimate and creative focal points enhancing the unique campus as a unified functioning arts and entertainment center.