Meet Saint Paul’s Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow



by Samuel Carlsen, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow
May 2, 2012

In 2012, the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation became a partner/host organization for the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship with funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. Rose Fellows work with communities for three years to forge community ties, develop leadership skills, and expand the capacity of their local host organizations to execute projects with the best possible designs including meaningful community engagement and advanced green building features. The Saint Paul position will focus on working with the Central Corridor Design Center, local district councils and community development groups.

As a Rose Fellow, I hope my fellowship will play a critical role for the rail line and the neighborhoods through which it will pass. City members of the Central Corridor Design Center split their time between design center work and their city jobs. As the Rose Fellow, I will be able to work full time to integrate and advance the work of city planners, community organizers, architects and landscape architects into affordable housing and other built spaces all along the light rail corridor. Most of my work will be focused on affordable housing and public realm design along University Avenue.

In the first quarter, I started by taking on parts of the Central Corridor Design Center Project Design Review Process piece-by-piece. So far we have reviewed, and are now tracking, six mixed-use projects including market, supportive and affordable housing ranging from 30 to 220 units. I have also started pre-development work on several sites which are currently in need of a champion to help move them towards development feasibility. We have conducted one community charrette and are in the process of developing more.
I am working hard to make sure that design and community involvement play a catalytic role in adapting auto-oriented neighborhoods along University Avenue into pedestrian-friendly transit-oriented neighborhoods that are healthy and affordable.

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