During this past academic year, the College of Design at the University of Kentucky conducted a year-long research and design study of the Shippingport area in Louisville. The Shippingport area, located just west of downtown Louisville, has significant waterfront and extensive infrastructure and enormous potential for future development. Development has been limited, however, because the entire area is cut off from the rest of the city by the freeway.
In fall 2008, students analyzed and made strategic design proposals for the Shippingport area intended to stimulate economic development and bring much-needed jobs. Proposals included developing a complex of business incubators and needed vocational schools, including a culinary school with a restaurant; developing a centralized hospitality complex served by light rail that would tie together the many entertainment “events” hosted by the city; creating a network of pocket parks that connect to the existing Olmstead Park system; and developing a new Green Ford Motor Company Campus where a new line of hybrid and electric products would be designed, developed and built. This past spring, students developed these proposals into design proposals.
The fall semester research studio of architecture students was led by Gary Bates, Brown Forman Visiting Chair in Urban Design, and principal of Spacegroup Architects in Oslo, Norway. The spring studio was led by Julien de Smedt, Brown Forman Visiting Chair in Urban Design, and principal of JDS Architects in Copenhagen. Professor Jason Scroggin from the School of Architecture is co-teaching both fall and spring semesters.
A large model and video presentations of the proposals was displayed at the 21c Museum in Louisville from May 27 - June 6.