Middle East Urban Design International Competition New Strategies for the Under Crowded Neighborhood-International Urban Design Competition

Baltimore, Maryland
Client: Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore, Maryland

Overview

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.

Accomplishments

  • 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.

Award

1999 Merit Award from Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore, Maryland