Outcomes of the Charrette of 20 Feb 2010
• 10 hours @ the Art Academy
• Co-sponsored by AIA Cincinnati
UDC, USGBC, and Architectural
Foundation of Cincinnati
• Support from Cincinnati
ASHRAE, UC Niehoff Urban
Studio, Art Academy
• About 200 participants
• Broad participation: designers,
residents, business owners, City
staff, developer’s representatives,
Urban design is about making connections between people and places,
movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. Urban design draws
together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social
equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and
identity. Urban design is derived from but transcends planning and transportation
policy, architectural design, development economics, engineering and landscape. It
draws these and other strands together creating a vision for an area and then
deploying the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life.
"Urban design and city building are surely among the most auspicious endeavors of
this or any age, giving rise to a vision of life, art, artifact and culture that outlives its
authors. It is the gift of its designers and makers to the future.”
Four Mission Statements
• For the Urban Scale:
• The Casino will be a major venue within a constellation of arts, leisure and
entertainment destinations in the Tri-State Metro area – including visual arts (e.g.
museums, galleries) performing art s (e.g. theaters) parks (e.g. Sawyer Point) and
the complementary amenities (e.g. hotels, restaurants, retailers, etc.).
• For The Building Scale:
• The physical nature of the Casino should enhance the neighborhood experience
for the city’s citizens and visitors.
• For Energy and the Environment:
• The Casino should be designed, constructed and operated to minimize its impact
on the environment.
• For a Quality of Life:
• The Casino should make the City of Cincinnati a better place for residents,
stakeholders, and visitors.
• Designed to allow literal connections via various forms of
transportation including pedestrianism, mass transit (streetcar and
bus) and passenger vehicles.
Designed to embrace the fabric of streets around it.
Consider reintroduction of the street network through the site
Public realm improvements that accommodate multiple transit options
and that encourage pedestrian traffic in the blocks surrounding the
People on streets surrounding the casino should have vistas (of the
casino) that are celebrated.
Arrival and Entries
One grand, ceremonial entry, along with several entrances that
work on smaller pedestrian scales.
Entries at street level – not buried within a parking garage.
Create great public places (urban plazas and / or greens) that
provide places for casual and formal gatherings, civic events and
Make them operationally independent and supportive of the greater
Cincinnati constellation of arts / entertainment and business network
Place ancillary arts & entertainment venues, such as shops and
restaurants, within the casino at edges of the complex and design
them to engage surrounding streets.
The Casino Design form should take cues from the
geologic condition of the basin and valley.
• Designed with smaller scale along Reading Road, larger scale
toward the south and east.
Designed to rebuild the urban corridors of the perimeter roads,
re-creating a pedestrian scaled environment.
Architectural Compatibility &
Compatible with the scale of the
Designed as a special, iconic place.
The materials should be sustainable (e.g. – regionally available and
from renewable resources if possible).
They should be long-lasting and of a high quality that evokes a sense
The materials should have an aesthetic and contextual vitality.
The building should be clad in materials, such as glass, that reinforce a
visual and functional connection with the neighborhood.
Utilize ample vegetation to mitigate noise, heat island effects and storm
water runoff at the Casino and throughout the Casino district.
Use street trees to create a pleasant pedestrian experience.
Develop Reading Road as a planted boulevard.
Disburse parking among blocks near the casino.
Conceal on-site parking and incorporate shared-parking
strategies to avoid an over-supply of, or redundant parking.
As a large highly visible project, the Casino should become a model
for best practices in sustainable design – a “Green Beacon”.
Utilize best practices for water efficiency and stormwater
Incorporate simple design options such as skylights and light wells
to reduce the need for utility usage.
Design the casino to activate the streets and sidewalks
going around, to and through the site, with glass and points
of entry to place ‘eyes on the street’.
Design and operate the casino to encourage the
exploration of downtown and Over-the-Rhine through
programming, way-finding and pedestrian connectivity.
GOAL: The 1st Great Urban
Casino in the US!