Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette

As the Harbor District Initiative began our planning process, many stakeholders emphasized the important opportunity presented by the significant – and often underutilized – waterfront.  We decided to host a design charrette* to elicit ideas from the wider design community about maximizing the use of our water’s edge.  The challenge for the charrette would be to envision how a waterfront long dedicated to heavy industrial use could accommodate additional uses such as public access, restored natural habitat, or mixed-use urban development alongside port activities.

After a competitive application process, four teams were chosen to participate in the Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette.  Over two days in October 2015, the teams developed their concepts while stakeholders from the Milwaukee community provided ideas and feedback.  On the final afternoon, the teams presented their concepts to an audience of over 100 guests (see image below).

Final Presentation CROPPEDBelow are links to each team’s final reports, an overview document, and other relevant materials.

*charrette – a meeting during which all stakeholders in a project work to resolve conflicts and map solutions


Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette Documents

Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette OverviewA four page document that summarizes the charrette and the key findings that resulted from the event.
Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette ReportA twenty page document that summarizes the major themes, unique ideas, and final reports of the charrette teams.
DTAH Team Final ReportThe final charrette report submitted by the DTAH team from Toronto.
PWL Team Final ReportThe final charrette report submitted by the PWL Partnerships team from Vancouver.
Studio Gang Team Final ReportThe final charrette report submitted by the Studio Gang team from Chicago.
Wenk Team Final ReportThe final Charrette report submitted by the Wenk Team from Denver.
Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette Reference GuideA document of background information compiled by the Harbor District Initiative and provided to the four participating teams prior to the charrette.
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The Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette was made possible through the support of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Fund for Lake Michigan. Additional support provided by the City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability, Tri City National Bank and the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences. Thank you to the members of the Charrette Planning Committee for their many hours spent ensuring the event was a success.

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