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des moines

December 6, 2009

Des Moines – Masterplan

SPRING 2008 Objectives The studio objectives include the treatment of Marine View Drive as a traditional ‘Main Street’, generating pedestrian activity at the waterfront, reinforcing the  historic theater block and emphasizing the character of Des Moines by public artwork installations.

Des Moines – Area Plan

Des Moines – Marine View Drive

SPRING 2008 Marine View Drive The first set of images reflect the mural along the blank wall of the QFC.  The mural depicts a ship from the mosquito fleet, while a wooden boardwalk attempts to bring a pier-like experience to downtown Des Moines.  The second set of images shows revisions to Big Catch Plaza.  The…

Des Moines – QFC Before 1


Des Moines – QFC After 1


Des Moines – QFC Before 2


Des Moines – QFC After 2


Des Moines – Theater Block A


Des Moines – Theater Block B


Des Moines – Theatre Block C


Des Moines – Theater Block D


Des Moines – 227 Plan

SPRING 2008 227th Street The 227th and Marine View Drive intersection shows potential for enhanced experiences of Des Moines, for both vehicular traffic entering downtown from south and future pedstrians.  This proposal shows closed street and consolidated properties, paved public plaza, public art as water feature, outdoor seating with view of marina and landscaping.

Des Moines – Proposed Plaza

Proposed Plaza

Des Moines – 223rd Plan

SPRING 2008 223rd Street The 223rd Street is seen as an important connection between Marine View Drive and the waterfront.  There is an uninterrupted visual axis down 223rd Street to the water, directly on axis with the terminus of the sea wall.  The pedestrian experience can be enhanced by including ground level retail, providing continuous…

Des Moines – Here Be Monsters

Proposed Public Art Along 223rd Street

Des Moines – Hill Climb Before


Des Moines – Hill Climb After


Des Moines – Marina Plan

SPRING 2008 Marina The marina is one of Des Moines greatest assets.  Goals include: connecting park activities to marina activity, increasing community use of marina, integrating public art to landscape, providing more green to the area, introducing community activity generators and suggesting multi-purpose parking spaces that enhance daily life and functions well for special occasions.

Des Moines – Marina Before A


Des Moines – Marina Proposed A


Des Moines – 223 After


Des Moines – Public Art

SPRING 2008 Public Art Public art will serve as iconic and historical references throughout Des Moines.  These pieces will capture the attention of pedestrians and encourage gathering spaces throughout the site.

Des Moines – Public Art 1


Des Moines – Public Art 2


Des Moines – PDF

SPRING 2008 Project Book Please click here to view the complete Des Moines document.

Des Moines – Media

SPRING 2008 Media Des Moines Has Ambitious Plans From UW Students For A Virtual Makeover Of Its Marina and Downtown: The Seattle Times – July 8, 2008 Des Moines City Council Meeting Presentation: July 17, 2008 Des Moines City Council Question and Answers: July 17, 2008