Bushnell Park North Nearing Completion

Bushnell Park North in Hartford is nearing completion! The last segment of the project, Gold St., is on its way to being finished by this Fall. Here are a few photos of Bushnell Park North. Stay tuned for more updates soon!  

Burlington Great Streets Initiative: Update

Suisman has been working closely with the City of Burlington for the past year on the city’s Great Streets Initiative. The Initiative comprises three projects—new downtown standards, a redesign of eight blocks of Main St., and a redesign of City Hall Park.

iQuilt Wayfinding Comes to Hartford’s New National Park

“The City of Hartford, in conjunction with iQuilt and Coltsville National Historical Park, successfully competed for a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant.… The ‘Coltsville National Historical Park Wayfinding and Safety’ project will extend the existing Hartford downtown wayfinding system to the Coltsville area. The $135,000 project will improve crosswalks and other pedestrian infrastructure so visitors can easily and safely walk from downtown Hartford to your new national park.” —Coltsville National Historical Park Newsletter, May 2017 Coltsville National Historical Park Newsletter, May 2017

Gold Street is Open!

Hartford’s Gold Street is finally open! For the better part of last year, Gold St. had been a one-way street. As of December 19, Gold St. is now a two-way street again. While the street itself is complete, there is still much work to do on the sidewalk and Bushnell Gardens, such as landscaping and furniture. Stay tuned for updates!

Doug Suisman Featured in Local News Article

The Palisades Charter High School Gateway Project was featured in the July 6 issue of the Palisades News. Suisman was referenced throughout the article, which honored his willingness to “donate” his design expertise for the betterment of his own community’s high school. Check it out in the link below!  

“My Boulevards” – Doug Suisman’s Essay Published in UCLA’s BOOM California Magazine

  Doug Suisman’s personal and moving essay about his lifelong experience in cities and public spaces has just been published in the Spring 2016 issue of BOOM California. The online magazine is published by the University of California Press. The issue was guest edited by the outstanding urban observer Colin Marshall. His Notebook on Cities and Culture is one of the best urban blogs around.

Gold Street / Bushnell Promenade Construction Races Towards November Completion

Hartford’s one-mile GreenWalk is getting closer to completion with the construction of the Horace Bushnell Promenade along Gold Street, which is being realigned and narrowed for the purpose (photo courtesy Christian Lemp). The Promenade and its adjacent Bushnell Gardens will create a one-block connector between historic Bushnell Park and Main Street, linking the park to the Travelers’ Tower Square and the Wadsworth Atheneum. The project will create a continuous park experience, and represents the first expansion of Bushnell Park in 150 years. The green public space will showcase historic Center Church and its separate church house; Stone Field Sculpture by Carl André; and the Ancient Burying Ground, which dates …

Suisman a Finalist in International Competition for Public Space Design in Vietnam

  Suisman Urban Design was one of four finalists recognized in the Da Nang Social Cohesion Challenge organized by the 100 Resilient Cities network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundations this past March.  The open call for proposals put out by the city of Da Nang, Vietnam, challenged designers to help bring communities together by revitalizing public space in its city center.  Suisman’s proposal, Da Nang PlaceMaker, is a public space furnishing and enhancement strategy that provides the city with a blueprint for a modular, scaleable package of urban street elements (fixed and moveable), along with strategies for combining them to help communities …

Doug Suisman Discusses Hartford’s iQuilt Plan on WNPR

Doug Suisman was recently a guest on WNPR’s “Where We Live” to discuss the redevelopment of Downtown Hartford and Suisman’s iQuilt Plan. You can listen here: The popular show, hosted by John Dankosky, included three other distinguished guests: Norm Garrick – Associate professor of transportation and engineering at the University of Connecticut Tom Condon – Writes about urban and regional issues for the Connecticut Mirror Michael Freimuth – Executive director of the Capital Region Development Authority. You can listen here: http://wnpr.org/post/revisiting-rowlands-six-pillars-hartford-development  

Suisman Awarded Great Streets Project in Burlington

The City of Burlington, Vermont has just announced it has awarded its Great Streets Initiative project to the Suisman Urban Design team, one of three finalists for the contract.  Burlington Great Streets is a $10 million, multi-year initiative by Burlington to develop a well-designed, multi-use, multi-modal downtown street network that creates a more vibrant and inviting pubic realm.  The project focuses on developing street design standards for all of downtown, on the redesign and construction of several blocks of Main Street, and a redesign of City Hall Park. Suisman was selected as the winner from the three finalist teams, which included Sasaki and Stantec, both headquartered …

Doug Suisman Honored With Golden Sparkplug Award

On December 10, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin presented Doug Suisman with the Pacific Palisades Community Council’s 2015 Golden Sparkplug Award. The award, presented at the Council’s annual holiday party, was given for Suisman Urban Design’s work on Palisades Charter High School gateway project. Since 1974 the PPCC, through this award, has honored those citizens who ignite ideas and projects into community action that benefit Palisadians throughout the community. (photo by Luis Pazos at Cadet 3 Photography)

Doug Suisman on KCRW’s DnA With Frances Anderton

Doug Suisman was on KCRW’s DnA program with Frances Anderton to discuss recent shootings in Paris, Colorado and San Bernardino and how they have added to growing jitters about random attacks in regular gathering places. Will this impact the design of public space? Listen to the show here

Wayfinding New UConn Downtown Campus

On the heels of Suisman’s successful design of downtown Hartford’s wayfinding program, the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) has asked the office to return to Hartford and help them connect the pedestrian system to the new UConn Downtown Campus currently under construction.  A series of new signs and maps are being developed for Constitution Plaza that conform to the visual language of the City’s current system but are flexible enough to be incorporated into existing infrastructure.  The information featured on the panels focuses on the new campus but also highlights other destinations along the way.  Implementation is expected to be completed by the spring.

Transit Oriented Arts District

Suisman recently completed a master plan for Parkville, a developing arts district anchored in an industrial area of Hartford.  A key stakeholder in the area is Real Artways, a community based arts institution looking to improve its physical relationship to the neighborhood around it.  Most importantly, it was looking to establish an improved connection to a recently completed station of the Connecticut FastTrack bus rapid transit line.  The plan calls for a mix of uses including a range of housing types, gallery space, commercial space, public open space, and pedestrian linkages over the bus and train corridor to link both sides of the district …

Pali’s Interim Gateway Garden Complete

Shrubs and overgrown ground cover has been cleared to make way for an interim gateway garden for Pali High. This interim phase will set the stage for the eventual construction of a new gateway garden and pathway leading students and visitors to the heart of the campus. In the meantime, the focus is safety. A widened sidewalk and removal of some obstructions have allowed for a more generous space where the afternoon rush of students crowd around waiting to cross a busy intersection on their way home.