289 Derby Design+Build Collaboration

BAC Students met local community representatives: Kylie Sullivan – Salem Main Streets, Hannah – SSU MA Student, John Andrews – Creative Salem, Deborah Greel – Public Art Planner, Barbara Warren – Salem Sound Coastwatch, Matt Buchanan – YMCA and Salem GreenSpace

289 Derby Street will become Salem’s newest public space in 2018 – a waterfront park! The primary design has been completed by CBA Landscape Architects based on a collaboration with local communities that unfolded over five weeks of Community Design Events in early summer 2017, let by Salem Public Space Project and Creative Salem. That is exciting in itself. But equally exciting is the opportunity to get involved in more collaborative design based on community feedback.

BAC Students at CBA Landscape Architects studio with principal Clara Batchelor explaining the plan details

Mass in Motion and Salem Public Space Project have enlisted Boston Architectural College students to design and build a public space project that continues the dialogue of community driven design. The students’ proposed project will:

    • address community desires that were outside the scope of the primary park design
    • engage with the new park design
    • engage with Mass in Motion priorities of health, well-being, and active lifestyle.

We are at the beginning stages and welcome more collaborators! BAC students have visited the offices of CBA Landscape Architects to understand the park design. Last week, BAC students met with local stakeholder representatives who could attend and bring to life some of the priorities.

BAC and Phoenix Students meet, conduct site analysis, and discuss potential design collaboration

In addition to these parameters, BAC students will also collaborate with students from the Phoenix School who are embarking on a yearlong project to use “bottle bricks” to bring awareness to plastic waste. The students all met on site last week and began their site analysis through observation, sketches, and dialogue.

A lot of the design possibilities are based on what we already learned from community desires over the summer placemaking process, and the potential partnerships, such as with Phoenix School and Salem Y GreenSpace.

We will continue updates of progress, and welcome more collaborators – just contact us!

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