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  The principles of good design are timeless. Designs that endure the test of time are not dependent on the style of the moment, but on their ability to celebrate the activities of our lives and to capture the vitality found in each individual site.

Marc Wouters

Urban Designer

New York, New York

Every project is unique, but for Marc, a community’s goals stay at the forefront. Through 20 years of detailed architectural and urban design, he has developed his own approach to bringing technology, economic and environmental sustainability, and landscape architecture together to make sure goals like revitalization, resiliency and connected communities are more than just aspirations. They become reality.

His unique design process creates urban infill projects, new town centers, city master plans, and new communities. These include the San Ramon City Center Plan, Stamford and Stratford Connecticut TOD Master Plans, the Saskatoon City Centre Master Plan, the new Town of Holmwood in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the Poughkeepsie NY Hudson Riverfront Plan. Several of Marc’s projects have been honored with AIA, CNU, and ULI Awards.

A particular focus for Marc is working with shoreline communities to ensure they are ready for the natural disasters that come with bordering the ocean, and give them the tools for a fast recovery.

He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, spent time as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, and is a licensed architect in New York and Washington, DC. In addition to his role at Stantec, he is the Chairman of the Congress for the New Urbanism New York State Chapter, and was a task force member of the US Green Building Council’s LEED® for Neighborhood Development program.

It's hip, it's urban, it's a public space

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<p>I’m Marc Wouters, lead urban designer for the Saskatoon City Centre plan. In developing this plan, we integrated economic revitalization strategies into the design of public spaces and walkable neighborhoods.<br> </p> <p>The wide streets of Saskatoon provided both the opportunity and room to insert important amenities. 23rd Street, which links City Hall Square to Saskatoon’s riverfront, is a perfect example.</p> <p>Our search for precedence from all over the world, took us to Park Avenue in Manhattan. Here churches, museums, and apartments are all connected by a central green. As one of New York’s showcases for Art, Park Avenue is an integral part of the City’s cultural identity.</p> <p>Using Park Avenue as a model, the plan transforms the lightly travelled way of 23<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;Street into a greenway. With additional rows of trees and outdoor places for sculpture, 23<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;Street becomes the civic spine of Saskatoon.</p> <p>It is an outdoor museum connecting the city’s library, City Hall, and Riverfront Park. Like Park Avenue it will attract new residents.</p> <p>Another great example of retrofitting of wide streets is New York’s Meat Packing District. Here large areas of empty asphalt were transformed by items as simple as potted plants, bollards, and tables and chairs. The transformation not only increased pedestrian visitation to retailers but it attracted large numbers of new residents.</p> <p>The transformation of 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Street includes a new linear park that brings many of these same elements to Saskatoon’s retail core. The new 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Street will strengthen existing retail and attract new residents. The design also celebrates some of the city’s most important historic landmarks. This vital public space can elevate Saskatoon’s visibility across the nation and help build the downtown economy and attract new residents.</p>

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