walking ivy road
Vortex kicked off this past Sunday with the Architecture School’s first of two treks along Ivy Road. Exploring the corridor located northwest of the University’s central grounds, students began to imagine possibilities for future development on the land lacing the thoroughfare.
During the walk stops were made at each of this year’s competition’s established sites to survey the surroundings and discuss the bounds of the areas designated for design intervention. The walk began at the first site, located at the Emmet-Ivy intersection and continued north along the road to the last of the sites bordering Route 29.
Looking forward to the upcoming week of design, students found cause for intervention in the lack of connection between the developing land, the University, and the city of Charlottesville. Additional inspiration was found in the soon-to-be-demolished food establishment lots sprinkled along the corridor and the lacking University welcome center that doubles as a police station.
Moving into the first day of design, anything is possible for the Ivy corridor.
-Tori Amato (B.S. Arch 2015) and Courtney Keehan (B.S. Arch 2015)