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January 5, 2018
Confluence is excited to join in celebrating the unveiling of the Mary R. Koch Arts Center in Wichita, Kansas this evening.· view full ·
Confluence was honored to work alongside Alloy Architecture, PEC, the Greteman Group and other top professionals to realize the vision of MarkArts, the community’s oldest and most comprehensive visual arts program. Garden paths and large earth berms are integrated into the seven-acre site to create a quiet garden experience for visitors to what will truly be a “A Park with a School in It”. Learn more about MarkArts at www.markartsks.com
October 28, 2017
We are excited to announce our firm is growing once again with a new office in Omaha, Nebraska. The office will be led by our newest Principal, Dolores Silkworth PLA, ASLA.· view full ·
Dolores has 30 years of experience providing landscape architecture, urban design, and master planning services to Clients throughout the Midwest – and she has a proven track record of successful design collaboration and implementation.
Please join us in welcoming Dolores to the Confluence team!
Confluence Pocket Park
September 20, 2017
Great things happen when you get a great group of people together. Each of the 5 Confluence offices met up in Cedar Rapids to transform a parking ramp and an alley into a pedestrian friendly pocket park.· view full ·
The goal of this project is to alter the public’s perception of alleys in downtown Cedar Rapids through the use of temporary interventions that transform an alley from a purely utilitarian space to an attractive, pedestrian-friendly public space.
Historically, alleys in downtown Cedar Rapids have served as service drives and one-way vehicular connections. This has resulted in a network of desolate corridors that are not pedestrian friendly. While alleys serve a critical function for the many shops, restaurants and offices throughout downtown by providing a location for dumpsters and service vehicles; they can also function as a pedestrian spaces capable of housing amenities such as outdoor seating, art installations and pedestrian linkages.
The intent of this installation is to recognize and celebrate the existing pedestrian’s use of these spaces throughout downtown by focusing on one alley in particular. Injecting simple pedestrian-oriented amenities such as color, art, plantings and seating will transform this space from a concrete valley into an urban park without negatively impacting any of the service functions of the alley.
While this installation is designed to be temporary, it is our hope that this project sparks a recognition of the potential that alleys possess within downtown and leads to future, more permanent, alley improvements throughout downtown.