The School of Urban & Regional Planning within Florida Atlantic University’s College for Design and Social Inquiry recently presented “C’est La Via: Rethinking the Alleyways,” an urban design demonstration meant to transform the alleys in West Palm Beach into useable, livable and walkable spaces. The project, south of the 300 block of Clematis Street and just north of Datura Street, converted this area into bustling and vibrant “vias” filled with art, music, landscaping, food vendors, and other activities.
Conceived during a master’s level course at the School of Urban and Regional Planning focused on creative placemaking, the idea for the project was to form of tactical urban intervention that aims to transform the larger urban context by identifying existing social networks and strengthening them through open communication, engagement in activities, and physical connections (photo courtesy of Robert Giordano).
“This type of urbanism serves as a tool for temporarily rebuilding an ignored public space in order to show the potential it has to permanently become an active and successful place,” said Sherryl Muriente, instructor in FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning and lead organizer of the project.
“C’est La Via” is the latest in local pop-up urbanism projects created by the School of Urban and Regional Planning faculty and students, following the successful Purple Line Miami project in 2013, and the school’s annual Parking Day demonstrations.
“C’est La Via” was presented in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority of West Palm Beach and Lejobart, an artistic duet based in South Florida.
For more information, visit www.fau.edu/surp/rethinking-alleyways.