Bay street area redevelopment: A restructuring of the waterfront area Brunswick, Georgia
Worley, Owen Russell
Mitchell, O. Jack
Master of Architecture
Brunswick has an image and character in its city pattern which gives an organization and sense of purpose to the city. This thesis demonstrates that the physical and historic patterns which contribute to the area's sense of identity are the basis for the conceptual organization of a public framework for redevelopment. The primary objective has been to reinforce those existing features which contribute to the area's sense of identity by strengthening its public image. Fundamental to the various planning decisions was a careful analysis of the existing physical conditions. Various options were analyzed by looking closely at the constraints imposed by site conditions, access and existing historic patterns. The conceptual organization is concerned both with development and preservation. It is a concerted effort to recognize the positive attributes of the downtown area and utilize existing physical and historic patterns to breathe in new life. In approaching problems related to redevelopment, emphasis was placed on the examination of organizational principles and on the ability of the plan to work within a conceptual framework. Various studies were made through a system of overlaying each element of the framework. The basic elements of the framework include: 1. Vehicular Movement 2. Parking/Servicing 3. Pedestrian Movement 4. Open Space System 5. Landscaping Treatment 6. Public Facilities 7. Private Sector Through this system of carefully-developed strategies, the factors which expand the accessibility, diversity and legibility of the community's environment are analyzed. The reality of the plan lies in its system of movement and access and in the ability of these systems to grow and accommodate future change.