Studio Gang Reveals Plans to Revitalize Memphis Riverfront Based on Community Surveys
Studio Gang has revealed a masterplan to revitalize the Memphis riverfront, extending for 6 miles along the historic section of the Mississippi river in Tennessee. The plan was developed based on numerous site visits, more than 4,500 survey responses, as well as meetings with stakeholders. The concluded concept offers to transform this culturally significant area of the city.
“The concept offers a series of actionable ideas meant to help the Riverfront achieve its potential as a shared, connected civic space for all Memphians to enjoy,” said Gia Biagi, principal of urbanism and civic impact at Studio Gang.
Studio Gang’s concept proposes long-term and short-term investment ideas based on three principles:
“Foster positive encounters, civic pride and identity, and new understanding of the Mississippi River;
Restore natural conditions, native ecology, and a more dynamic relationship between people and the river;
Connect assets along the river, the riverfront to the city (downtown and the neighborhoods beyond), and people with each other.”
The project was commissioned to Studio Gang by the Riverfront Task Force, a 16-member group led by the mayor of Memphis, Jim Strickland. “We asked Studio Gang to think big about the future of our riverfront, and this concept proves they did exactly that. This visionary work will be the starting point of a community conversation to create a plan,” said Jim Strickland, Mayor of Memphis. Next, the group will evaluate Studio Gang’s proposed concept and seek further public consultation in order to achieve the best and most feasible ideas.