An Intersection for Community

How can an intersection be activated through the role of the architect and create a place for community and gathering?  Can a series of interventions make this space more usable, more inclusive, and more interactive? Can a community space be transformed for the community, by the community?

By means of making, materiality, and creating connections, through a community-driven process of design and place-making, “An Intersection of Community'' represents the local area and the individuals that make up the community, through an engaging and activative public gathering space. Through a populational character study, the project recognizes a lack of uncurated activation, limited zones for undefined enjoyment, and insufficient space for extended accessibility and resting. The proposed design series would consist of several interventions that focus on three points of community interaction: activity, play, and gathering.

Located in the heart of Ennis, Tx, the chosen site is Minnie McDowell Park. This site is continuously open but activated by festivals, markets, and downtown activities regularly throughout the year. This site is at the hub of all community-based activities in Downtown Ennis. By focusing on the most frequent activity of the farmers market, this project will approach how minor community interventions can improve access to downtown revitalization and activation as well inclusive access and spaces for multi-generational and multi-accessible individuals.

“An Intersection of Community,” will approach the downtown area with consideration of the materiality of the existing historical space and strive to source local materials that further represent the community and regional area. This project will strive to integrate opportunities for community interaction within this downtown area in anticipation of creating a more inclusive and interactive community gathering hub and community connection site.
Faculty Advisor:
Gina Reichert