Lots of Possibility

The winners of the 2014 Lots of Possibility competition to redevelop vacant lots have been selected!

Lots of Possibility

The winners of the Permanent Use Category, who will receive ownership of a vacant lot and $15,000 in implementation funds are:

dyeScape (Colleen Clines and Maggie Clines - Anchal Project, Louis Johnson): The urban textile landscape is a network of small-scale gardens that cultivate plant fibers, animal fibers and dye plants for the purpose of natural textile production. This site will demonstrate the potential of plants to provide natural color to materials, teach residents environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship and support local textile production. 

Graduating to Homeownership (Habitat for Humanity Metro Louisville and Family Scholar House - Rob Locke, Lisa Echsner, Jackie Isaacs, Harvetta Ray): Using Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer construction model, a new energy efficient home will be constructed near the Parkland Family Scholar House (FSH) for a new graduate of the program. The FSH seeks to end the generational cycle of poverty through education, and by staying in the neighborhood, the graduate can continue to benefit from and provide benefit to the FSH community. A new program will also be created to provide financial counseling and application assistance to enable more families to qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home. 

The winners of the Interim Use Category, who will receive one-year renewable licenses to a vacant lot and $4,000 in implementation funds are:

Lots of Lavender (Christopher Head and oSha Shireman): Redirected rainwater, vegetated bioswales and French drains will be used to support lavender herb beds for decoration, potpourri and oil of lavender production. This pilot project also seeks to demonstrate the potential of low maintenance/low mow plantings for vacant lots across the city. This project will be conducted in partnership with the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association and I.D.E.A.S. 40203.

Meditation Labyrinth (West Louisville Women's Coalition - Ramona Lindsey, Elmer Lucille Allen, Chenoweth Allen, Wilma Bethel, Robin Bray, Ellyn Crutcher, Beth Henson, Gwendolyn Kelly, Pam Newman, Tyra Oldham and Harvetta Ray): This project will create an intergenerational open space for art and creativity. Community arts outreach will be paired with a walking path made out of personalized clay pavers and chalkboard walls made from recycled wood pallets and natural seating.

For more information, please read the Press Release or review a one page summary of the competition.

Many thanks to all who made this possible, and most of all to the individuals and teams who submitted an idea to reimagine vacant lots in Louisville. Louisville Metro Government would also like to recognize the outstanding work of all of the competition finalists:

Permanent Use Category Finalists:

Cargo-container Home (Kentucky Habitat for Humanity - Holly Todd, Ken Williamson, John Cora, Jim Burris, Gregor Dike): A retrofitted, cargo-container home that reutilized existing materials while providing safe, healthy, economically and environmentally sustainable shelter for a very low-income population.

Green Shotgun Duplex (One World Architecture - Curtis Thrush, Ken Parel-Sewell, Kyle Bragg, Dan Madryga): A prototype house designed to rethink Louisville's famous shotgun houses. This proposal offers a practical and affordable infill housing solution, while incorporating quality design and state-of-the-art sustainable building practices.

Growing Home Garden (Seven Counties Services - Gwen Cooper, Laurie Qualah, Reza Gharachamani Asl, JoAnn Woods): A community greening project that incorporates therapeutic intervention to help families deal with trauma. At-risk youth will aid in the design, development  and implementation

UrbanBeeLOU (Ryan Hargrove, Travis Klondike, Meg Maloney): A diverse array of plant life not only creates a visually pleasing space, but also provides a food supply for this bee sanctuary. This proposal incorporates local honey production and the potential for job creation, educational opportunities and environmental awareness.

Interim Use Category Finalists:

BBQ Park (Louis Johnson, Boyd Sowe): A BBQ pit, seating and canopy trees will create a place for the community to gather, cook and share food.

Guerilla Putt-Putt (Dana Duncan, Gwendolyn Kelly, Jeff Mayes): A 9-hole, portable putt-putt golf course to be constructed for a series of day-long pop-up events in the community through spring, summer and fall.

Market on Market (Erika Williams, Josh Minogue, Laura Rountree, John Sizemore): A monthly haymarket where vendor booths will be coupled with an educational, community-focused edible garden. 

Vacant Bugscapes (Emily Schlickman, Sara Jacobs, William Krimmel): An outdoor classroom and public space for assemblages of plants and insects that support ecological regeneration.

Check out our Lots of Possibility Inspiration page for examples from other design competitions.  Additional information about entering the 2014 Lots of Possibilty competition can be found here and here.  

Stay tuned for updates on Lots of Possibility 2015!  For more information or if you have any questions about the competition, please contact:

Joshua Watkins
Real Estate Coordinator

Vacant and Public Property Administration
Email: joshua.watkins (at) louisvilleky (dot) gov
Phone: (502) 574-5136

This competition is a partnership between the Office of Vacant and Public Property Administration, the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team and Vision Louisville, with thanks to OpportunitySpace for providing our mapping tool. OpportunitySpace is a platform that helps communities find the best uses for public land using data and technology tools.