Little by little — by piecing together maps and photos — the historical character of a six-block area in the heart of Denver came to life for passers-by on the 16th Street Mall.
Ryan Sagar and Jake Sacks, both second-year students in the College of Architecture and Planning’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program, spent a recent afternoon installing a three-dimensional display into a kiosk on the mall.
Through a partnership with the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP), CAP students are displaying their projects in vendor stalls on the mall between California and Welton streets.
Sagar and Sacks’ display offers two snapshots-in-time — 1887 and 2012 — to illustrate how the area in the urban core has changed over time. They chose 1887 as the base year for their display, “16th Street Mall Urban Morphology,” because that’s as far back as decent maps for the district go.
“It shows the public the history of the city, how the downtown has changed,” Sacks said. For instance, buildings and lot sizes were much smaller in 1887. Today’s map shows much larger building footprints, such as The Pavilions, across the business district.
Students from other CAP programs such as the Master of Architecture (MARCH) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) also installed student work in the kiosks, exhibiting items such as bass wood building models and landscape designs.
The DDP approached Associate Professor Ann Komara, MLA, with the promotional opportunity, wanting to entice mall visitors to stop, look and get a flavor of urban design. The current displays will be up for a month or so before the summertime vendors set up shop.
“It was a chance to forge a connection between the DDP and the College of Architecture and Planning and to celebrate the role of the different disciplines in the College,” Komara said. “It’s an opportunity to showcase student work with the idea of creating something fabulous, engaging and beautiful for visitors on the mall.”
Matt Shea, associate chair of architecture, said CAP is working with the DDP to make the student displays on the mall an annual event, possibly running from January through May. “Next year, we hope to make it a competition and really promote student involvement,” he said.
Of the eight kiosks, three displays are by students in the Design Build Program (see below), two by Digital Fabrication (“Milk and Honey”: Joe Stevenson, Adam Steinbach, Jack Tipton and Paul Mitchell; “Purple Ceiling”: Kristin Bevis, William Otte, Guo Xiaojiao, Maryam Amrollahi and Jenn Klich), two by Landscape Architecture (“Globeville”: Amber Hernandez; “Columbine Memorial”: Kyle Hopkins, Xinyu Li and Alexander Taft) and one by Urban and Regional Planning (Sagar and Sacks).
The three Design Build projects:
— Waterton Environmental Education Pavilion: Caitlin Blythe, Michael Bucher, Carrie Hadley, Christopher Johnston, Will Koning, Rachel Mott, Gerald Reynolds, Astrid Vander, Nicole Bruechner, Nicole Davis, Katherine Hawkins, Robert Kiester, Milen Milev, Will Murray and J.D. Signom.
— Nakai House: James Anderson, David Hevesi, Zia Hooker, Courtney Hughes, Cameron Minor, Milen Milev, Michelle Pollock and Josh Young.
— Raine House: Lindsay Moore, Halle Hagenau, Matt Brown, Tor Jorfald, Elise Mascitelli, Laura Mears, Maggie Hattman, Megan Brankamp, Sarah Boman, Sara Zezulka, Kimberlee Derhammer, Brian Majerus, Lauren Watkins, Laurie Hollm, Lauren Peterson, Treonna Villasenor, Craig Cherry, Jason Astorino and M.C. Burns.
Involved in the effort were faculty members Komara and Shea as well as Lori Catalano and Emmanuel Didier (Landscape Architecture), Clark Thenhaus (Digital Fabrication), Rick Sommerfeld (Design Build) and Ken Schroeppel (Urban and Regional Planning).
(Photo: CAP graduate students, from left, Ryan Sagar and Jake Sacks install a display into a kiosk on the 16th Street Mall)