Frayser residents tell city, architects their Ed Rice redesign ideas

archimania is happy to be a part of the design process for the Ed Rice Community Center in Frayser. There was a great turnout of around 50 residents for the first visioning charrette for the project this past Thursday. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the community!

“Barry Yoakum, principal of the architecture and design firm archimania, and John Jackson, principal of landscape architecture firm JPA Inc., led the people gathered through a series of 10 questions.

The men asked the group questions such as, “What do you want to feel like?” and “What do you want to see when you look over at Ed Rice?”

Answers included pedestrian safety and traffic measures for people walking across N. Watkins, buffering noise from the gym for the meeting/activity rooms that ring it, a stage, an updated (and larger) kitchen, flexible meeting space, computers and updated technology, electronic messaging and whiteboards.

Some of the suggestions included outdoor features, such as additional parking, wayfinding to help people locate the center while in the community, a cover over the pool so that it could be used throughout the year and exercise stations along the walking trail.

Other suggestions centered on programming and maintenance of the facility and grounds.”

You can read the full article on the Daily Memphian’s website.