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Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Vision Plan, Benton, Ark.

Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Vision Plan, Benton, Ark.

  • The Ralph Bunche Agape Neighborhood occupies high land near downtown Benton, Ark.

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    The Ralph Bunche Agape Neighborhood occupies high land near downtown Benton, Ark.

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    The Ralph Bunche Agape Neighborhood occupies high land near downtown Benton, Ark.

  • The Neighborhood Vision Plan focuses redevelopment in key locations in an effort to catalyze individual investment throughout the neighborhood.

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    The Neighborhood Vision Plan focuses redevelopment in key locations in an effort to catalyze individual investment throughout the neighborhood.

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    The Neighborhood Vision Plan focuses redevelopment in key locations in an effort to catalyze individual investment throughout the neighborhood.

  • New houses will surround newly developed community parks.

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    New houses will surround newly developed community parks.

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    This neighborhood revitalization plan cuts land development costs with low-impact site planning.

  • Low-impact site development relies on surface storm water drainage to reduce infrastructure costs.

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    Low-impact site development relies on surface storm water drainage to reduce infrastructure costs.

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    Low-impact site development relies on surface storm water drainage to reduce infrastructure costs.

  • A street view of the existing neighborhood.

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    A street view of the existing neighborhood.

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    A street view of the existing neighborhood.

  • Home designs include gable-roof models and the more modern ??Tower.??

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    Home designs include gable-roof models and the more modern ??Tower.??

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    Home designs include gable-roof models and the more modern ??Tower.??

  • The Bungalow model.

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    The Bungalow model.

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    The Bungalow model.

university of arkansas community design center
fayetteville, ark.

This plan seeks to revitalize a 100-year-old African-American neighborhood with appealing, affordable (less than $100,000) single-family houses clustered around neighborhood parks. Its site design, which handles stormwater runoff within the landscape, enhances the setting and obviates the need for road improvements and subsurface drainage. The houses include both familiar gable-roofed types and towerlike forms that create a “skyline” and maximize views of the nearby downtown. Our jury praised the development’s compactness and the buildings’ strong, simple geometry. “The sculptural nature of it is very successful,” said one judge.


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