In 2015, the Richmond Farmer's Market was slated for renovationa and new architecture. The existing hardware presented the city with an opportunity for a new install somewhere else in the city, and they chose to create an open call for proposals.
In it's second life, we saw the Farmer's Market as a seed to create a civic green loop around the city--encouraging otherwise disparate socio-economic and geographic circles to connect in a common, public space. The significance of a pedestrian loop is that it empowers the citizen rather than the auto, and makes a flexible use area.
Our proposal looked at other similarly scaled farmer's markets that integrated with public space, such as Atlanta's Centennial Place. The ultimately goal of our study, much like the farmer's market itself, was to promote urban awareness the natural systems in and around the city center and a better utlization of the city's untapped civic resources.
ADO (architecture design office) is a collaboration of architects and designers who believe that thoughtful places elevate the lives of their inhabitants and enrich the communities they serve.
todd is the architect and owner of ADO. he graduated from iowa state university and received his master's in architecture from harvard. todd was a partner with 3 north prior to starting his own practice. originally interested in the financial services industry, he chose architecture for higher income. he enjoys slow vehicles, and his classic benz can be seen on the SW corner of broad at 1st on google streetview.
casey is a project manager at ado, and he received his education from UVA (BS in Architecture) and UNCC Charlotte (Masters of Architecture). he drives a prius, and his interests include community design and environmentally-conscious design.
kelsey is an architectural designer at ado and is an alumna of virginia tech. a citizen of the united states and the united kingdom, she previously worked in the great country of wales. when given the choice, she travels by sailboat with her puppy, chewie.
katie L is an interior designer with ado and a fresh graduate from VCU. when she isn't rolling on her schwinn cruiser or sating her coffee dependency, katie enjoys timed sketches and going to new places.
katie H is an interior designer with ado. she has one dog, dakota, and she has been a vegetarian for seven years. a dog lover, she enjoys the mercedes-benz c280 in pearl.
dylan is a graphic designer with ado and a graduate from VCU. he rides his trek 7.2 fx daily and spends time with his cat, mayhaps. his interests include interactive design, digital culture, and crisp left aligned compositions.
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