The City of Holyoke is pleased to share the final product of the 2021 Harvard Option Design Studio’s Get Ready Holyoke! Climate Preparedness 2050 project. Students and faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Design created Land Use and Public Realm Master Plans for Holyoke that incorporate climate resiliency and community development objectives. The goal was to create “a roadmap or vision for landscape and planning design that considered urban heat island mitigation, stormwater management, flood resilience, land-uses, economic and community development, transport, and public open space”.
The document also features park design concepts for sites in Holyoke’s historic canal district, each completed by individual students. Some of these, like “River Connect” and “Plaza de los Kioskos” look at expanding riverfront access options and pedestrian connectivity, while others like “Coalescing City” and “Aquaponic Assemblage” explore opportunities for mixed-use development.
The full report, with master plans and student park designs, can be accessed online by clicking here.
This project was made possible by a Planning Assistance Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.