Wake Forest Renaissance Plan - September 2017


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Wake Forest en charrette


The Perry Building reimagined by Brad Burns.

The Perry Building reimagined by Brad Burns.

storefront glass into a brick facade along the town’s Roosevelt Street gateway. Robby Johnson and Taylor Medlin were sketching out a pedestrian mall to link Twelve Raleigh rchitects rethi k a community’s downtown by J. Michael Welton a pristine Town Hall with the messy vitality of commerce on White Street. Albert McDonald was working through plans for a rooftop bar on a restaurant he proposed for the intersection of White On a cool, rainy Saturday afternoon i early October, three intre id women – two architects and a landscape a chit ct – ventured out, on foot, from Town Hall in Wak Forest. They were determined to locate a holy grail in the surrounding landscape – a natural water feature to enhance a new urban plan for the nearly 200-year- ld town. The three were part of a team of 12 Raleigh architects who’d been invited by Wake Forest Downtown, a nonprofit charged with fostering the health and vitality of downtown, to re- imagine it. The architects were working en charrette – a 19th-century French term from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. It’s shorthand for an intense, day-long design workshop. Street at Roosevelt Street. And Brad Burns was reinvigorating a forgotten Art Deco gem transforming it from wood-paneled barbershop to light-infused cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. It all took place in a tight window of time between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with presentations to town officials afterwards.

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