PAU creates new vision for downtown Niagara Falls
The Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) has announced new details of its proposal to reinterpret Niagara Falls in New York. The region attracts millions of visitors annually and has become a global tourist destination while the city center has not yet experienced the same level of interest. Now PAU, in partnership with Forsyth Street Advisors and a community advisory group, is leading an urban design and economic development strategy to envision a brighter future.
PAU outlined a dynamic building strategy in underutilized areas to “encourage thoughtful, sustainable development; harness the hidden assets of the site to create excitement, economic activity and a sense of human connectedness”. To take full advantage of Niagara Falls, the team draws on the city’s heritage to activate downtown. Through the redevelopment plan, Niagara Falls hopes to attract and retain more people to the area, with programs that highlight the city’s landscape and past.
Most recently, the state bought 25 packages in downtown Niagara Falls. PAU created a framework for short-term projects to activate the area, including a Heritage Path to highlight major historical landmarks across the city. At the same time, the proposal is intended to help visitors and locals to rediscover the history of the community.
“Events that took place in Niagara Falls, such as the construction of the world’s first hydropower plant, are narrated at checkpoints along the Heritage Path, which also serve as outdoor spaces for programs that draw new people all year round and more opportunities for year round Not only will the Heritage Path consistently highlight events and inventions from the past, but it will also make it possible to experience downtown Niagara Falls within a 20-minute walk. “PAU’s proposal hopes to spark interest in downtown Niagara Falls and to connect visitors with the unique qualities of the city and the region.
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