Greenway Urbanism: Revitalizing Cherokee Village, Arkansas

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Landscape Design
  • Company/Firm
    University of Arkansas Community Design Center
  • Lead Designer
    Stephen Luoni
  • Other Designer(s)
    Isabelle Troutman; Kayla Ho; Lauren Lamker; Victor Hugo; Shail Patel
  • Architect
    Elizabeth Wehr, AIA
  • Photo Credit
    University of Arkansas Community Design Center
  • Location
    Cherokee Village, Arkansas
  • Project Date

What do you do with a 21.3 square mile midcentury planned community organized around arterial roads, cul-de-sacs, single-family homes, and automobility . . . where 80 percent of platted home sites remain vacant after 60 years? . . . where 25,000 home sites were platted for a population of 60,000 serviced by 296 miles of roads, though only 3,100 houses were built housing a population of 4,973. . . . where 17.6 percent of the population live below the poverty line, despite the visions of modernity used to sell then award-winning Cherokee Village?

Development for the Village is reset around hospitality and living cooperatively beyond midcentury’s commitment to the nuclear family. We envision a city in the woods, inspired by a subaltern tradition of camp meetings, revival grounds, artsy resort culture, scouting camps, and countercultural theater in the Ozark Highlands—powerful but forgotten urban forms that civilized the Ozarks. These communal forms share a common orientation toward hospitality: moving one beyond the self and the sovereign toward being a guest as the ultimate form of citizenship. Hospitality amplifies unfulfilled potential in the Village’s residential environment.

The University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) is an outreach center of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. Originated in 1995, the UACDC has its own downtown facilities and professional staff. It advances creative development through design, research, and education solutions. UACDC has developed eight place-making platforms to shape civic design and public policy at state and municipal levels including missing middle housing, agricultural urbanism, context-sensitive street design, watershed urbanism and low impact development–vocabularies that hold universal currency.

Other prizes
AIA Collaborative Achievement Award (16) AIA Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design (6) Honor Awards for Planning and Analysis: American Society of Landscape Architects ASLA Award of Excellence for Communications (9) ACSA Housing Design Education Awards (5) Winner: The PLAN Awards (13) Honorable Mention/Finalist: The PLAN Awards (16) American Architecture Awards (8) Green GOOD DESIGN Awards TPJ Best Paper Award: Shortlist, The Plan Journal, 2020 (5) WAF Awards for Future Projects Masterplanning: Shortlisted (7) WAN Awards for Future Projects Urban Design: Shortlist/Finalist (2) WAN Awards for Future Projects Urban Design: Winner (2) LafargeHolcim Awards WAFX Award for Future Projects Master Planning for Ethics (3) ACSA Collaborative Practice Awards Honorable Mention: Urban Design (Concept), International Architecture Awards (5) EDRA/Places Awards for Place Design, Planning, and Research Great Places Book Award: Finalist: Environmental Design Research Association (5) Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards (4) Progressive Architecture Awards (7) Awards: Unbuilt Architecture Design Awards: Boston Society of Architects Grand Award: Residential Architect Design Awards McIntosh Architecture Faculty Award: Fay Jones School of Architecture, University of Arkansas (6) AIA Education Honors Awards Gold Medal, Association of Licensed Architects Excellence in Green Building Education Recognition Award, U.S. Green Building Council (4) NCARB Prizes: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Honorable Mention: Celebration of Cities, Union of International Architects (54) Other National, Regional, and State Awards