Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

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82 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 84 street hierarchy to prioritize pedestrians rather than vehicles. The street creates a plaza-like feel by elevating the street and eliminating raised curbs, creating a universally accessible space. Bump-outs, narrower vehicle lanes, and chicanes help users to navigate the street safely. These not only slow down traffic, but they also encourage eye contact between drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians negotiating passage. Contrasting colored pavers delineate pedestrian-only areas, and detectable warning pavers separate parking lanes. Infiltration planters showcase native plants while widened pedestrian areas provide flexible space for sidewalk caf├ęs, retail establishments, and events. Place-making elements, such as a vertical "Argyle" identifier pillar and custom "Argyle Uptown" bike racks, contribute to community identity. "The Argyle Shared Street project is the result of an extensive community engagement process involving local merchants and residents of the community," commented Chicago City Councilman and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman. "We have already seen broader use of the street as a gathering place, and the new streetscape is spurring local businesses to spruce up their storefronts." The street features a number of sustainable elements, including energy efficient streetlights, permeable unit pavers, and rain garden infiltration planters that are designed to soak up rainwater. Argyle is one of four pilot projects in which a research team from City Digital, a UI LABS collaboration looking to enhance city planning, is monitoring the performance of green infrastructure through high tech sensors that deliver real-time data about the effectiveness of the system. This data will provide valuable insights to help inform the design of green infrastructure in Chicago and throughout the country. Department of Water Management Commissioner Barrett B. Murphy said of the street, "The partnership created on this project helps all of us to better understand how working together we can resolve problems with integrated solutions. Incorporating the green technologies that we see here benefits our residents Above: Every Thursday night in July and August, Argyle Shared Street closes to traffic and transforms into a farmers market that features live music, goods and produce from regional farmers, and dishes from local restaurants. During the event, the community takes the opportunity to celebrate the Asian culture that is so prevalent in the area. The pedestrian- friendly curbs make the market accessible to people of all abilities. PHOTO: SCOTT SHIGLEY Below: Custom bicycle racks stand beside trees to maintain the community- based theme of the street. Permeable pavers make up the sidewalks and street. The goal is to control stormwater at the source, reduce runoff, and improve water quality. This is an important feature for a street in Chicago where short, intense bouts of rainfall are frequent. PHOTO: SCOTT SHIGLEY

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