The 2016 Desugn Week project Retrofitting the RETRO was developed in partnership between the Built Environmnet Working Group and the City Planning Department. The project challenged the students to reimagine a 1950's style retail center and consider WHAT IF? ...there were fewer parking spaces and more green space...more trees...better connectivity...a community space....?
In the first phase, students collected data to assess various aspects of the Southland corridor from number of cars, bikes and pedestrians to the temperature of the asphalt. From this information, they worked in interdisciplinary teams to examine the corridor through various lenses such as connectivity, wayfinding, safety and comfort. Each team then developed a 2 minute video to summarize their findings and suggest WHAT IF? design solutions which were presented to the community stakeholders for feedback.