For the international urban design competition, Scott C. Scarfone, ASLA, PLA, founder of and principal at Oasis Design Group, and landscape architect Bo Sun created a concept plan to revitalize a 16-square block area of Middle East, a neighborhood in East Baltimore, Maryland. Scarfone and Sun’s design earned a 1999 Merit Award from Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore, Maryland, which sponsored the competition, New Strategies for the Under Crowded Neighborhood, which received 230 international submissions.
- Reordered public infrastructure of a Baltimore inner city neighborhood into a more usable and safe neighborhood.
- Reorganized a 16-block city neighborhood into new urban patterns that incorporate residential squares as its foundation.
- Provided a variety of housing types that recognizes the historical vernacular of Baltimore’s housing stock.
- Created a sense of place and community that incorporates judicious use of open space, parks, tot lots, and streetscapes.
- Accommodated the automobile as the primary means of transportation while focusing the street environment on the pedestrian.
- Enhanced cultural, educational, and institutional uses that strengthen the community.
1999 Merit Award from Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore, Maryland