Corridor and Block Model Exercise Results PDF Print E-mail

2-Page Handout about the Process (1.20 MB)

Design Principles and Corridor Information Summary Sheets:

Aimed at developers, these handouts were developed at the conclusion of each corridor. They reflect how the community partners would like development to occur in their neighborhoods and balance community values, city goals, development realities, and design opportunities.

Summaries of the Block Model Development Workshop:

The Bock Exercise is a hands-on, interactive exercise to help participants understand design and financial issues in housing development. Working from a large aerial photo of a hypothetical development site, citizens create development options from block models representing standard unit sizes. Two designers are at each tableĀ­one to help with the layout and one to sketch the result. Development option costs and revenues are calculated by a development consultant during the workshop using standard assumptions about developer fees, subsidies, construction costs, and rental/sales prices. One model takes about 15-20 minutes to design. Designers photograph the residents' models and then the model is sketched from the photograph as the next model is being built. Drawings reflect the architectural styles preferred by the participants. Residents leave with a deeper understanding about economic constraints of development and about design opportunities.

Nicollet Avenue in Kingfield

South Lyndale

West Broadway

Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA)

38th Street and Chicago Avenue

Central Avenue

Como/ St. Anthony Park

Rice Street

University Avenue in Fridley


Brooklyn Park