Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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74 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 5 0 Light Hubs O'er Columbia The Light Hubs Streetscape project is the first phase of the District Gateways master plan for downtown Columbia, Missouri (pop. 120,612). Landscape architects led by Russ Volmert, PLA, ASLA, AICP, from Arcturis provided program management collaborating with the artists and engineers in the design of the Light Hubs. The master plan they created is a vision that gives identity, curb appeal and wayfinding for the downtown area known as The District. Columbia, Mo., is home to three universities, including the main campus of the University of Missouri. All three campuses are adjacent to downtown Columbia. The master plan was developed to assist the numerous visitors to the community to locate downtown and its numerous amenities. The Light Hubs Streetscape projects created a physical representation of local downtown identity. The 'Arts' Light Hub by local artists Adam McMillen showcases the world of artist and fabricators concentrated in the North Village Arts neighborhood at the north end of downtown. Cecilia Lueza, of Miami designed and fabricated light hubs for the west side ('Sharp End ') and south edges of downtown. Sharp End, according to James Thomas, PhD ( https://tinyurl.com/ hsob9cm ) was once a thriving black business district in the heart of downtown Columbia. The Douglas School Urban Renewal Project (1959-1966) razed more than 300 Sharp End structures, Arcturis, a St. Louis design firm of architects, landscape architects, designers and planners, designed a series of illuminated globes for 'The District' area of downtown Columbus, Mo. These 2-4-ft. dia. polychromed aluminum "light hubs" are internally lit LED strip lights (only 1.28 watts per/ft.) The colored lights are "static" in that they don't change or rotate colors. Cables from curb to curb above the street suspend the light hubs. These light hubs are above Wabash Station. PHOTO: ARCTURIS Continued on page 76

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