Thursday, April 19, 2018 A national model in economic and environmental sustainability

Valley Design Charette envisions future of 45 acres

What is a design charette?

A charette is a full day planning session where designers and stakeholders work together to envision the future of a space. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers.

The Menomonee Valley design charette was held on January 31, 2018 at UWM's School of Architecture & Urban Planning. It involved six sites - five vacant or underutilized riverfront sites and St. Paul Avenue's streetscape. Six outstanding local architecture firms were matched to one of the sites. Using the Valley 2.0 Plan, extensive research, and focus group discussions, they were tasked with creating professional development concepts for their site.

The day began with a presentation on the vision and goals for the area, and then turned to hands-on design work, with presentation in late morning so designers could get feedback from those in attendance. At 3:30pm, each design team presented their design concepts.

A final charette report with renderings and follow up details will be available in April.
Hosted by:
  • UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning's Community Design Solutions
  • City of Milwaukee
  • Menomonee Valley Partners
Site 1:
St. Paul Avenue Streetscaping
Architect Quorum Architects
Site 2: City Lights
Site 3: Kneeland Properties
Architect HGA
Site 4: St. Mary's Cement
Site 5:
WE Energies adjacent land
Architect Korb and Associates
Site 6: 199 N 25th St
Many thanks to the Fund for Lake Michigan, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Herzfeld Foundation for supporting efforts to envision the future of this land.
Five riverfront parcels and one streetscape - what's next in the Valley?
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