When you make a bad building, or make a building which ignores the streets and blocks of your (urban) setting, (or both) then you have an opportunity to make a creative addition to a very special category of urbanism – drive-by urbanism. Herewith, two examples quite close to home.
First, the recently completed Wegmans at East Avenue and Winton Road here. There is a very long list of things wrong with this new building, and a relatively short list of what’s right, but this corner, with its low masonry wall concealing the loading dock, is in the running for this year’s Rochester Drive-By Urbanism Award.
Wegmans must have been taking lessons from another creation, only two blocks away. Though a bit older, this one is still in the running as a nominee this year, mostly because of the sensitive inclusion of benches.
More nominees to follow. Feel free to offer your candidates for this coveted award.