Our charge is to assess conditions along the Cedar River through downtown and to recommend actions that would help sustain the community of Waterloo. Sustainable design criteria for any intervention include social equity, environmental responsibility, and economic opportunity. Given this challenge, we have organized five subteams to look at the city at different scales and perspectives: the CBD Riverfront, The Cedar River Corridor, New/ Adapted Downtown Buildings, Implementation, and Communications.
CBD Riverfront Subteam
Recentering downtown. What can be accomplished in the short and long term along the Cedar River, as it passes through the Central Business District, to enhance the symbolic and economic value of the city center? What are the options regarding water quality and depth for active and passive use? How can the riverfront link East and West Waterloo?
Cedar River Corridor Subteam
A very large amount of the riverfront is or will come within the public domain in future years. What opportunities are presented for the abandoned industrial sites on the fringe of the CBD? From the Cedar Valley Lakes to the Mitchell Street landfill and Evansdale recreation area, how can this corridor be srengthened through community and contact points for community use?
New/Adapted CBD Buildings Subteam
As the nature of downtown activity continues to evolve, what is the logical future of the Central Business District? How can principles of sustainanble design guide new construction as well as the reuse of the existing building stock in order to accomodate these changes? Are old buildings economically obsolete yet a physical resource for sustainable economic development?
Sustainable principles add environmental responsibility to social equity and economic opportunity in the formula for change. How does this affect the way the city, neighborhoods, and the development community do business in terms of regulations and determining worth in coming decades?
We have the responsibility to share this event both as it occurs and in the future. A Homepage is on the World Wide Web, FAX and e-mail connections are available to link the nineteen sites participating in the national event, and a record of events and recommendations will be made for the community and for future publication by the American Institute of Architects. The Report will consist of materials already prepared for the Homepage and information packet, progress reports prepared during the workshop, and post workshop summary comments. An on-going evaluation process will help us adjust our procedures as we do the workshop as well as provide feedback and advice for future workshops.