PAU designs a new vision for downtown Niagara Falls
The Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) has shared new details of its proposal to reimagine Niagara Falls in New York City. Attracting millions of annual visitors, the region has emerged as a global tourist destination, while the downtown area has yet to experience the same level of interest. Today, PAU is leading an urban design and economic development strategy, in partnership with Forsyth Street Advisors and a community advisory group, to imagine a brighter future.
PAU devised a strategy to create momentum in underutilized areas to stimulate “thoughtful and sustainable development; leverage the site’s hidden strengths to create enthusiasm, economic activity and a sense of human connection”. To capitalize on the best assets of Niagara Falls, the team draws inspiration from the city’s heritage to activate the downtown area. Through the redevelopment plan, Niagara Falls hopes to attract and retain more people to the area through programs that showcase the city’s landscape and past.
Most recently, the state purchased 25 plots in downtown Niagara Falls. PAU has created a framework of short-term projects to activate the area, including a heritage trail, to showcase the city’s main historical monuments. At the same time, the proposal aims to help visitors and locals rediscover the history of the community.
“The events that took place in Niagara Falls, such as the construction of the world’s first hydropower plant, will be told through checkpoints along the Heritage Trail that will also serve as an outdoor space for programs that attract visitors. new people with more opportunities all year round. Not only will the Heritage Trail spotlight events and inventions from the past, it will also allow you to discover downtown Niagara Falls in less than 20 minutes on foot. PAU’s proposal hopes to spark interest in downtown Niagara Falls and connect visitors to the unique qualities of the city and region.
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