Columbus, IN / 2018

Envision Columbus Downtown Strategic Development Plan

Community-based planning for an architectural mecca

This community-based strategic development plan for downtown Columbus, Indiana, addressed the future of this mecca for modern architecture in the Midwest. This vision for downtown improves livability and equality by infusing key social infrastructure to stimulate activity and investment. The master plan addresses urban systems such as parks, streetscapes, and green infrastructure networks with prototypical design solutions that can be implemented incrementally. Key catalyst projects are introduced to cement a more active downtown, including a grocery store, a relocated transit center, a hotel and conference center, and potential adaptive re-use of the historic Crump Theater.

Community engagement was a significant aspect of the plan, and included envisioncolumbus.org as a tool for surveying and open discussion. Outreach engages more than 2,000 survey responses, fifteen focus groups, eight steering committee meetings, and four community meetings with approximately 150 attendees each. Laura Stedenfeld worked as Landscape Architect & Project Manager on this project while at Land Collective. Images are courtesy of Land Collective and The Heritage Fund Community Foundation.


Size: 938 acres
Cost: Not applicable