SLANT recently took part in a unique cross-discipline design competition for the town of Bluffton, SC that was organized by our friends at DesignWorks, LC. The competition centered around an area of Bluffton known as the Okatie Headwaters which has become an under-planned and disorganized entry point for the town in desperate need of some design attention. From the town planners:
"It is my hope that we can use this process to generate ideas for this unique and special place that lies on the edge of Bluffton, which will lead to reformed codes, updated master plans and a more engaged design community in the shaping of our townscape. We may also find a burgeoning land preservation strategy as well that can build on conservation efforts already underway in this area. This process may also help us discover some new financial tools and resources for implementation."
Slant was happy to contribute insight into issues surrounding community identity as well as human interaction with and without technology in order to garner public involvement. Other members of the team included land-planners, architects, attorneys, developers, conservationists and community activists.
Hope to hear some good news about this soon!
The collaborative submission won the Town of Bluffton's "Mayor's Merit Award" - our team won the competition!