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Manassas Park Center Urban Design Concept Plan & Streetscape Design, Manassas Park, Virginia:
Manassas Park Center Plan, City of Manassas Park, Virginia: The city held a citizen charrette in November 1999 to discuss the future of the community and decided that the city needed a “town center.” Sympoetica was hired to work with a steering committee of interested landowners and citizens to create an urban design concept for the “Manassas Park Center.” Much of the land in the center is owned by the city, which plans to develop and market it for a mix of public and private uses. We continued our work with the city by preparing a streetscape master plan and design guidelines for the center. The Manassas Park Center Plan was recognized as an Outstanding Plan in Virginia in 2003 by the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Urban Design & Streetscape Study, Merrifield Revitalization Area, Fairfax County, Virginia:


Sympoetica collaborated with a task force of citizens and business owners to define an urban design vision for the redevelopment of this older suburban area located at a rail transit station. Plans for two key areas emerged: a highly walkable mixed use center within 1/4 mile of the Dunn-Loring / Merrifield Metrorail Station and a new "town center" more centrally located in the neighborhood. The plans feature compact development patterns with highly connected street and pedestrian systems, quality community parks and civic spaces and improved streetscapes.

Laskin Road & Gateway Corridor Design and Streetscape Study, Oceanfront Resort Area, City of Virginia Beach, Virginia:


Sympoetica is currently creating a corridor urban design plan for a comprehensive study of this major gateway into the oceanfront resort area. In response to community input, we have developed an Oceanfront Gateway theme for 30th Street and a retail/restaurant Main Street theme for Laskin Rd/31st Street. Sympoetica is a consultant to HSMM, who leads the engineering and streetscape design efforts.

Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment Strategies, City of Redondo Beach, California:
n March, 2000, Barry Carpenter served as the urban designer on an Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel convened to help the City define a redevelopment concept for a 500-acre area of its Pacific waterfront. The plan seeks to enliven the City-owned marina and entertainment pier, local businesses and resort services, and adjacent residential neighborhoods.
Lake Michigan Waterfront Redevelopment Plan, Kenosha, Wisconsin:
In August, 1996, Barry Carpenter served as urban designer on an Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel formed to create a redevelopment plan for a 70-acre "brownfield" site on Lake Michigan. The mixed-use program proposed included new civic and commercial opportunity sites, residential neighborhoods and a major waterfront outdoor festival area with strong linkages to the downtown civic center. 

Other urban design projects on the boards:

  • Springfield Town Center Economic Feasibility Study, Fairfax County, Virginia