Design Team Gets Started

setting up

After having individually explored the site multiple times over the past months and after having absorbed results from our Early Feedback Questionnaire, our design team met for the first time June 16.

We compared site analysis notes and bounced design ideas off one another for nearly three hours. [Above, design team sets up for concept presentations.]

The next step is to synthesize that discussion to produce a set of design concept alternatives to show to the neighborhood for more input before a final concept is proposed. (That synthesis is being put together right now, and we hope to announce a neighborhood input meeting or two very soon, so stay tuned. And remember: the proposal we come up with will be just that–a proposal that will have to be reviewed, modified and approved by the county.)

Here are photos from the meeting. They give a feel for what happened and a peek at some of the preliminary concepts.



Henry Parker, an architect and planner, kicks-off the concept presentations.



Greg Denzin answers a question about a proposed bio-swale. Denzin is a professional landscape designer.



Katherine Melcher discusses her analysis of the site, one aspect of which focused on the from-the-street visibility of different zones in the parcel. Melcher is an assistant professor at UGA's College of Environment and Design.



Kevan Williams, a recently graduated UGA landscape architecture student, points out how circulation might work in the site.



Allen Stovall, the leader of the design team, responds to a question from Denzin about his site analysis. Stovall is a landscape architect and professor emeritus of UGA's College of Environment and Design.



Mosaicist Krysia Haag talks about incorporating a community-driven mosaic project into the site. Examples of Haag's mosaic projects can be seen at Daily Groceries, on Prince Ave. and at Chase St. School.




Parker's concept includes organic shapes and simple amenities.


denzin concept

Denzin's analysis which included a system of paths and paid close attention to the location of specimen trees.



As part of his analysis, Williams focused on how to use the site's terraces to transition to different parts of the parcel.



Melcher's site analysis puts forward suggestions about possible use areas based on visibility and safety considerations.



A close-up of Stovall's concept showing pedestrian crosswalks, paths inside the site, use-areas and possible trails.


haag's birds

A quick, suggestive sketch by Haag giving an idea how a mosaic might be incorporated into a low-wall or fence at the front of the site.


Thanks to all the design team members for their work, and thanks to Allen Stovall for organizing the meeting.

Early Feedback Questionnaire: Most Common Responses

Here’s what people are thinking about the Barber St. site:

1. Favorite things about the site are…

  • Trees (33)
  • Natural, woodsy feel (21)
  • Easy access (19)
  • Terrain/terraces/topography (17)
  • Shade (10)
  • Open space/natural rooms (6)

2. Major concerns about the site are…

  • Slope steepness (10)
  • Safety of pedestrian crossing (9)
  • Loitering/prostitutes (8)
  • Containing playing kids (8)
  • Invasive plants (6)
  • Safety from crime (5)

3. People want…

  • Play area for kids (17)
  • Walking trails (17)
  • Dog walk area (17)
  • Places to sit (16)
  • Picnic area (16)
  • Neighborhood activity area (15)

4. People don’t want…

  • Off-leash dogs/dog poop (16)
  • Grilling (6)
  • Smoking (6)
  • Crime (5)
  • Noise (5)

These results come from our Barber St. Early Feedback Questionnaire, which asked people about what they thought about the site and what they’d like to see there.

Fifty-two people responded to the online survey.

The results were generated by categorizing the responses and then counting them. All questions were open-ended–which is to say people responded in their own words and didn’t have to pick predetermined responses.

Many people included multiple items in their responses to questions. Only those items mentioned five times or more are highlighted here. The response count is the number in parenthesis.

The survey was conducted via Survey Monkey from March 17 to April 14.  You can view all the responses here.

The purpose of the questionnaire was to give our design team something concrete to work with in developing a design concept for the site. That work has begun. We should have a few alternative concepts ready to show to the neighborhood very soon. We’ll be organizing a neighborhood-wide “charette” to gather input from everyone in the next few weeks.

There’s still lots of work to be done after that, though, including finalizing a design concept, getting an official green light from the county to use the site as a park/green space and a whole bunch of fundraising…but we’re making steady progress.