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UACDC receives 2012-2013 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education, Excellence in Housing Education for the project, Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood
Scott Grummer, Executive Director, Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation shared the following announcement regarding UACDC (University of Arkansas Community Design Center).
UACDC is pleased to announce the receipt of two awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, one as a team member of a larger collaborative.
The first award is the 2012-2013 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award for the project, Building Neighborhoods that Build Social and Economic Prosperity: Manual for a Complete Neighborhood, recognizing the collaboration between the Fay Jones School of Architecture and the Kigali Institute of Technology and Science in Rwanda. Each year, ACSA honors the best practices in school-based community outreach programs and four programs won the award this year. The collaboration involves practicing firms in an effort to construct a 2000-unit neighborhood that reflects Rwanda’s new national sustainability initiative.
The second award is the 2012-2013 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education, Excellence in Housing Education Course for the project, Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood. Each year, ACSA honors faculty who have demonstrated excellence by providing a venue for work that advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching by recognizing and encouraging outstanding work in architecture and related environmental design fields as a theoretical endeavor. This year, two programs won the housing award. UACDC’s project pioneers new urban neighborhood templates for affordable housing in Little Rock.
Both projects will be featured in the ACSA’s forthcoming book on the 2013 awards program and at its annual convention in March in San Francisco.
Stephen Luoni, Director
Steven L. Anderson Chair in Architecture and Urban Studies
University of Arkansas Community Design Center
104 N, East Avenue, Suite 1 | Fayetteville, AR 72701-6083
Modern houses are springing up in declining or damaged LR neighborhoods
By Linda Caillouet
LITTLE ROCK — When a tornado tore through downtown Little Rock in January 1999, it destroyed dozens of houses in neighborhoods already showing the scars of urban decay.
One of the hardest hit areas was the neighborhood east of South Main between the Governor’s Mansion Historic District and the MacArthur Park Historic District.
After the debris was cleaned up and dangerous structures razed, what was left was a study in extremes – with beautifully renovated grand old homes surviving near the damaged shells of abandoned houses. And then there were the vacant lots – no block seemed to have escaped the effects of the twin terrors of urban decay and Mother Nature.
Today, however, a quick tour of the area shows that things seem to be improving. Scattered throughout are new houses – some designed to blend in with the remaining historic houses, others standing out with contemporary designs and materials.
The change is due to the efforts of numerous entities and individuals. This includes private builders who recognized the value of empty and inexpensive lots in the heart of the city, the nonprofit Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp., which worked with the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to design and construct three houses, and, most of all, perhaps, new homeowners who were willing to buy into the future of this urban enclave.
“This neighborhood being so close to downtown is one of the reasons we’re experiencing such a strong interest in rebuilding efforts here,” says Scott Grummer, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp.
On a recent morning, Daniel Peurifoy of Maumelle and Jason Clem of Little Rock were atop bright yellow scaffolding, tools in hand, applying strips of siding to a house being assembled at East 19th and Cumberland streets in the Pettaway Park neighborhood. Now graduates, the pair were pitching in to help finish a project they worked on as UA architecture students. Students had designed the structure, which was mainly built in pieces in a Fayetteville warehouse.
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University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) in conjunction with the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation (DLRCDC) have completed a Pettaway Neighborhood Vision Plan. According to DLRCDC Website, “the UACDC submitted its preliminary study for the Pettaway Neighborhood for review and feedback. This initial study looks at what minimal investment can be made to achieve clear connections to Main Street and other anchors around the neighborhood.”
The UACDC/CDC will present their preliminary study to the Pettaway Community, 12:00 pm (Noon), Monday, April 16, 2012 at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st Street (at the corner of Commerce). Pettaway residents are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Scott Grummer, Executive Director, DLRCDC at 501.372.0148.
Click (here) To see the preliminary Pettaway Neighborhood vision plan.
Incorporated in 1992, the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization, run by volunteers of the community, who strive to improve the quality of life for people living downtown, with a focus on providing diverse housing opportunities. DLRCDC’s primary focus has been the historic Pettaway neighborhood east of Main Street and south of I-630, as well as the South Main Corridor (SoMa).
KATV Channel 7 recently reported that the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center were awarded a $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to assist in the creation of the Pettaway Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.
The grant is heralded as a great step toward the revival of the historic, 60-block Pettaway neighborhood. The aim is to blend new development within the fabric of the turn of the century urban neighborhood.
The Arkansas Times reported earlier this year, the building of Little Rock’s first container home (“Container houses steel Pettaway’s housing boomlet: A new breed of recycled houses, or ‘steel box residence,’ help community renovation,” Leslie Peacock, 3/16/11).
The University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture has partnered with DLRCDC to design and build two affordable, sustainable homes (Cantilevered Home and Modular Home) in the Pettaway neighborhood. They plan to team up to design and build at least 10 more modern structures in the neighborhood.