Real Estate aspirations begin with planning. New initiatives involve not only history, economy and functionality but may also include New Urban vision, virtual infrastructure, sustainability and investment considerations such as exit strategies. The re-integration of retail is generating exciting options in even the most traditional planning. Form based zoning is opening new opportunities for mixed uses. Whether town, town center, city, city block or university planning our team is experienced at all levels of involvement. Open Atelier is able to collaborate with your team in outlining long-term goals, bringing added value, art and innovation to your investment or institution. From modest scale interventions to public presentations our design approach allows for flexibility in the pursuit of a successful project. Our in-house research component also insures that your planning is reflective of current thinking and technology.
University Hill | Master Plan
EMO Redevelopment | Urban Multi-Family
James Street | Urban Study
Urban Sustainable Housing | Urban Planning
Urban Carbon Offsetting | Urban Study
Park Garage | Urban Renovation
Living Wall | Research
Cathedral Square Studies | Urban Study
Near West | Concept
Surburban Urban | Research
University Hill | Master PlanUniversity Hill, located just north of Syracuse University’s main campus, encompasses several blocks of buildings that are owned by Syracuse University, Crouse Hospital, Upstate Medical University, and a host of private ownership's. Under the direction of a key developer who has been working with all the entities to incite expansion of the underutilized blocks in the area, Open Atelier Architects has been designing and master planning a vision for a new urban style mix of educational facilities, administrative facilities, commercial facilities, retail facilities and other support functions to enhance the experience of being in and around Syracuse University. The main objective is to allocate the highest and best use potential for several properties that can be better utilized by the larger institutions in the area. The goal is to intertwine the functionality of an educational environment with that of daily city life such as reaching out to local establishments for services in support of the local businesses as well as the medical and educational facilities.
EMO Redevelopment | Urban Multi-FamilyObjective: As Syracuse undergoes a transformation from a low density city to a higher density city, more vacant properties such as this one become prime opportunities for establishing neighborhoods as places of social interaction. Just a few short blocks from one the first up and coming areas in downtown Syracuse, this property had been utilized for the past 25 years as a commercial space. OA's vision for this property resulted in the creation of 52 apartments aimed at bringing more life to downtown.
James Street | Urban StudyObjective: Part of Open Atelier’s continuing initiative to rejuvenate neighborhoods in Syracuse has been through studying regions like James Street/Eastwood and examining what works and what doesn't. This study identifies why certain walkable communities work well and how to create such walkable districts. By designing urban patterns and streetscapes, the character of a neighborhood and its communities continue to improve the public street.
Urban Sustainable Housing | Urban PlanningObjective: This project allowed us to research sustainable strategies in urban residential design. Residential buildings are often designed with double-loaded corridors, the challenge to naturally ventilate when a central corridor separates apartments. We sought to reduce the need for mechanical equipment by utilizing renewable resources and a night-flushing technique to prevent build-up of heat. As a result, energy usage is minimized by not cooling air for the entire building, each unit can determine its own temperature. Cold, winter air is drawn into the building at street level through ducts placed in the facade. This air is pulled underground through a series of fans and filters and is warmed by the Earth’s natural warmth to roughly 47 degrees Fahrenheit. The air passes through a heat exchanger where it is captured and transferred to the fresh air. This further heats the air requiring minimal mechanical heating.
Urban Carbon Offsetting | Urban StudyObjective: National news headlines have been focused on such issues as global warming, carbon build up and ozone depletion throughout the world. Initiatives such as the Connective Corridor and the Near West Side are addressing urban concerns while requiring progress. This study is a specific component of urbanization looked at through a sustainable approach by driving policy to make urban corridors, urban parks and urban streets greener. The idea of carbon offsetting is to pay for the privilege of buring fuels that generate carbon. In this proposal, carbon offsetting is used in a localized way to offset the cost of maintaining green zones by making money available through construction and rehabilitation projects. This idea is driven by our belief that if a city core is green and healthy, it will be conducive to establishing and maintaining density. And since density is a critical factor of rejuvenating cities, policy is the key to addressing how to densify the city.
Park Garage | Urban RenovationObjective: South Warren Street in Syracuse, NY, is in a transformative period. This parking garage is part of the revitalization of the neighborhood through exploring the mixed use motif for retail and commerce. Billboards often serve as message to the general public that something interesting is coming.
Cathedral Square Studies | Urban StudyObjective: Urban infrastructure is a critical component of urban development. Prior to building in density into an urban setting, the many utilities and infrastructure pieces must be in place in order to make the area livable and pleasant. This study looks a the changing streetscape and the traffic patterns that make it easier to navigate city streets in the Cathedral Square district of downtown Syracuse, NY.
Near West | ConceptObjective: This project was conceived to explore the potentiality of a neighborhood revitalization and its connection to the rest of the city. The study looked at key strategies to embrace neighborhood policy for inner city lifestyle while at the same time tap resources that can be used in a positive way. The Near West side is at a turning point where there are many opportunities to utilize and integrate nearby resources; excess energy generated by pollutants in a nearby lake to recycle energy, bisecting thoroughfare to enhance the community's presence and generate an environment that populates the inner core with activity.
Surburban Urban | ResearchObjective: What makes a city livable? What are the main differences between living in a suburban development and an urban center. Density is usually a key factor in establishing livable cities, and with that comes the most sustainable of all objectives, using less energy per area per person in a densely populated area and taking up less land than in suburbs. This also includes less driving around. Of course the benefits of living in suburbs are the peaceable surroundings and other amenities not readily accessible in cities. This study looks at the the pluses and minuses of each.