B&O Trail Next Level Trail Grant Awarded!

05/01/2021| B&O Trail Awarded Grant!

Imagine miles and miles of peaceful, scenic trail laced with clear county streams and lined with trees and blossoming wild flowers. Envision a place where families, friends and neighbors causally meet to escape the stress and demands of a hetic lifestyle. Ponder a venue where you can stroll, jog, bicycle or horseback ride along a trail free from motorized vehicles. This is the B&O Trail. > learn more here

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Promethean Figure Maquette, artist Dale Enochs

09/29/17| Promethean Walk Public Art update

A quarter scale model of the Promethean Figure was unveiled at the 2017 FDIC Conference. This work of public art will be a 125 foot long assemblage of incised limestone and internally illuminated layered metal forms. Prometheus, holding an orb of fire, is depicted as an heroic sixteen foot tall striding figure, a future landmark on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

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Building vibrant Cities through Greenspaces & Parks

03/04/17| Fairbanks Symposium on Leadership

On March 3rd, Meg was an invited presenter and panelist in a dialogue with local and national leaders regarding the value of urban parks and greenspace in maintaining a world-class city. The event was the 2017 Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at the University of Indianapolis. The day started with an INconversation between Justin Garrett Moore and Neelay Bhatt.

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Multimodal Corridor and Public Space Design Guidelines

04/09/16| Groundbreaking Placemaking Guidebook

Storrow Kinsella’s work for the Indianapolis MPO was featured in a groundbreaking Guidebook on Placemaking. The Multi-Modal Corridor and Public Space Design Guidelines emphasize the link between a balanced transportation system and quality of life. This publication from Michigan State University Land Policy Institute promotes placemaking as an economic development tool.

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PBS - 10 Parks That Changed America_Indianapolis Panel Discussion

04/12/16| 10 Parks That Changed America

PBS Senior Producer Dan Protess  hosted the Indianapolis premiere of the PBS Special, “10 Parks that Changed America” at Garfield Park Art Center, in Indianapolis. Dan introduced the special show, and moderated a panel discussion regarding the importance of parks to Indianapolis and its region.  Panelists inlcuded Meg Storrow, FASLA, landscape architect and principal of Storrow Kinsella Associates in Indianapolis.

This event is sponsored by the Indiana Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects and Indy Parks in celebration of the State of Indiana Bicentennial and 100th Anniversary of the National Park System.

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03/07/15| Karst Farm Greenway Outstanding

The Karst Farm Greenway in Monroe County, Indiana received the 2015 Outstanding Indiana Trail Project award from the Indiana Greenways Foundation at its annual meeting in Indianapolis. The three-mile long paved bicycle and pedestrian trail, in the rapidly developing west side of Monroe County, was dedicated in July 2015.

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Cincinnati Design Awards

11/13/15| Cincinnati Design Awards

It is great to see cross-discipline collaboration in the placemaking professions.  The Cincinnati Design Awards program, now in its nineteenth year, is a joint program of Cincinnati area architecture,  interior design, experiential graphic design, and landscape architecture professions. Meg Storrow represented the landscape architecture profession on the invited jury, joined by architect Eddie Jones, Principal of the Jones Studio in Phoenix, AZ; Natalie Engels, Design Director of Gensler in Silicon Valley, CA;  Oscar Fernandez, University of Cincinnati School of Design; Cybelle Jones, Principal and Studio Director at Gallagher & Associates, Washington, DC; and Mike Tittei, Executive Creative Director at gyro in Cincinnati.  Once the jurors established award criteria of impact, relevance, and craft, we spent an intense day reviewing some 70 submitted projects to arrive at 19 that exemplified those qualities at a high level of design. Each project elicited lively debate in winnowing down from merely good design to great design, with philosophical fine points sometimes tipping the balance. Design is alive and well in Cincinnati. And refreshing that the awards gala took place in the restored historic Woodward Theater in the revitalized and wonderful Over-the-Rhine District. more> cincinnati design awards home pagemore> cincinnati design awards facebook page 

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06/29/15| East 10th Street Gateway Revisited

We revisited the  gateway recently and found Carl Leck’s murals still powerful, the plant material thriving, and tons of walkers and cyclists moving smoothly from the Monon to the Cultural Trail and to and from the Near Eastdside neighborhoods on a beautiful Sunday. We also experienced a new insight. What had been the deafeningly annoying noise of the interstate bridge traffic as it pounded the expansion joints overhead took on a whole new character in the transformed and dynamic space…..it became, to our ears, a rhythmic ‘Bang-on-a-Can” percussion performance! Context as shaper of perception. And as another indicator of how design contributes to place perception and economic development, a recent full page real estate ad featuring Near Eastside properties displayed images of the gateway markers (wayfinding compass pole, and MassAve/East10 marker) as defining identity elements for the Near Eastside.   read more

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06/23/15| Meg elevated to Council of Fellows

Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 6-9, in Chicago. Congratulations to Meg on being elevated to ASLA Fellowship!

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05/09/13| ITE Publication!

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) published a peer-reviewed technical article in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Transportation. While wonkish, it demonstrates the background efforts SKA undertakes to achieve seemingly straightforward improvements to walkability. In this case it was on behalf of the Midtown Indy neighborhood of Indianapolis, for whom we prepared traffic calming, bicycle-pedestrian accommodations and urban design for its North Meridian Street-Westfield Boulevard-Central Canal Towpath intersection.

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payne connect10n and Legacy Plaza featured in the March 2013 Urban Times

03/09/13| Near Eastside Catalyst Plans

Storrow Kinsella Associates prepared the East 10th Street Urban Design and Gateway Plan in 2009, eight years ago (a plan is considered to be aging after five years). But it hasn’t spent that time gathering dust on a shelf. It had identified as high priority the remaking of the dreadful Interstate 65/69 “north split” underpass area from a barrier to a gateway to the Near Eastside. That has been implemented with great success. Our detailed design process for the gateway was accompanied by strategies that brought together multiple partners and agencies to fashion an inspiring connection between the Mass Ave Cultural District and the emergent Near Eastside, a linking of three greenway trails, a celebration of the origin of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and a catalyst for economic development that is only now achieving transformative critical mass. Additional priority projects are lining up, with the attached article describing one of them….see  feature story in the Urban Times. There are lots more ideas in that original plan that range from roundabouts to trail links to breaking through the railroad barrier. 

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