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In September 2008, WRT Principal Kathy Garcia and Landscape Designer Jennifer Martel joined 27 other young designers in New Buffalo, Michigan for the second Xtreme LA event....

In September 2008, WRT Principal Kathy Garcia and Landscape Designer Jennifer Martel joined 27 other young designers in New Buffalo, Michigan for the second Xtreme LA event.

Sponsored by site furniture manufacturer Landscape Forms and co-sponsored by The Landscape Architecture Foundation, the event brought together the designers for an intense three-day planning charrette. The purpose of the event was for the designers to brainstorm a design and development strategy for New Buffalo, a town that currently has no such strategy. The designers were divided into three teams and challenged to present their designs to the mayor and residents of the town.

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  • 1. WHERE IT IS NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 2. THE LUMBER INDUSTRY THE HARBOR STRUGGLES: 1838-1975 THE RAILROAD BOOMS: 1847; 1870 TOURISM THRIVES 1900-present WHERE IT’S BEEN NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 3. WHY PEOPLE COME NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 4. The N Buffalo / Vision Th New B ff l 20/20 Vi i works within natural systems to reveal and capitalize on the region’s unique natural resources : •hydrology •wind •circulation •migration migration •vegetation •growth WHERE IT’S GOING NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 5. ASSUMPTIONS: • population increase to 10,000 residents by 2020 • transportation improvements with new Amtrak station • movement toward a more permanent community • increased recognition o what it wants to be c e sed ecog o of so STRATEGIES: • improve natural and designed infrastructure • reference history and natural resources • sequence arrival through gateways and thresholds i lh h d h h ld NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 6. LAND USE FRAMEWORK NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 7. Jetty Galien River Bridge Train St ti T i Station Whittaker Street Natural Greenway Connection Visitors’ Center Gateway Bridge MASTER PLAN NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 8. GATEWAY BRIDGE NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 9. GATEWAY BRIDGE NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 10. VISITOR CENTER NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 11. MAIN STREET NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 12. section plan WHITTAKER STREET NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 13. TRAIN STATION NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 14. TRAIN STATION NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 15. GALIEN RIVER BRIDGE NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 16. GALIEN RIVER BRIDGE NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 17. JETTY NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 18. JETTY NEW BUFFALO 20/20 VISION
  • 19. You can see Chicago from New Buffalo, but more importantly, y p y, you’ll see New Buffalo from Chicago. g