School of Architecture alumni part of winning team for Memphis design competition

July 30th, 2013 Comments Off on School of Architecture alumni part of winning team for Memphis design competition

Winning design by Team BR:CK, which includes 2012 alumni Chris Hoal and Ryan Morris, for the South Main Design Challenge.

Winning design by Team BR:CK, which includes 2012 alumni Chris Hoal and Ryan Morris, for the South Main Design Challenge.

(By Andy Ashby, Memphis Business Journal)

A group of architects has won the Downtown Memphis Commission’s South Main Design Challenge, submitting a plan to turn a vacant lot into a gathering and performing space.

The DMC started the competition late last year to generate concepts and ideas for seven underused spaces and buildings in South Main.

Thirty-eight teams competed in the challenge, which presented proposals for short-term and long-term uses for the spaces.

The DMC picked an idea from BR:CK, a team which includes architects Ryan Morris (MSU S|ARC 2012) and Brendan Lawton with Belz Architecture, Chris Hoal (MSU S|ARC 2012) with Gresham, Smith & Partners, and Kevin Pasley, a University of Memphis architecture student.

Their $5,000 concept is to turn the vacant Buffalo Mural lot near the Memphis College of Art Graduate School into a short-term neighborhood gathering and performance space as a venue for artists, events and community groups.

Their long-term plan for the space is Roam the Market, a year-round store that would serve as an extension of the Memphis Farmers Market. This would include an art and sculpture garden, patio and deli.

The team won a $1,000 cash prize from the Downtown Memphis Commission.

To view BR:CK’s conceptual proposal, visit http://www.downtownmemphiscommission.com/smdc–brck.html

 

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