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Tim Love proposes innovative garage prototype for walkable downtowns

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Tim Love, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, and Elizabeth Christoforetti, adjunct studio instructor, led a team  from Utile, one of four firms selected through a national selection process, to design an innovative parking structure for a Long Island downtown. Utile’s design – entitled “Civic Arches” – proposes a parking structure that is a robust and flexible piece of civic infrastructure. The prototype garage anticipates future non-parking uses with flat floor plates, a flexible column grid, and a stiffer and higher-capacity structural system. Utile’s full submission for the design challenge can be found here. “The goal for our proposal,” said Love, “was to create a memorable civic form that both worked as a garage and could outlive the building’s original function. Aldo Rossi influenced our approach.” In addition, Utile looked at WPA-era infrastructure and architecture for inspiration.

Love and Christoforetti tested the prototype on three sites in Rockville Centre to understand how the prototype could fit into the tight-knit context of a walkable downtown. The proposals by Utile, LTL, Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design, and DUB Studios, the other participating firms, were unveiled at a press conference at Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island, on January 16th. The design challenge was organized by the Long Island Index and its online publication, Build a Better Burb. The Long Island Index is a project of the Rauch Foundation.