What's in a place?Drake Creative experiential design
A place can feel both surprising and organic at once, something that happens at the intersection of culture, history, location, and community. A place like that can become the physical manifestation of a location's mythology.
Upper Landing – restoring a forgotten history
Upper Landing, once a center of commerce and culture for Poughkeepsie, was largely forgotten by the community.
The Dyson Foundation, Drake Creative, and a team of architects, landscape architects, and engineers set out to turn it back into beautiful waterfront.
Creating a park identity derived from history, culture, location and community that worked its way into every aspect of place.
A millstone, seen embedded in the new gates for the park in the previous image, represents Upper Landing's past links to agriculture.
With a goal of changing not only the waterfront but the way people think of the city of Poughkeepsie.
And a space where families feel safe. Over 800 people in a single evening have attended movie nights sponsored by the Millman Harris Romano Foundation (photo courtesy MHF Foundation).
Identity can manifest throughout to create this notion of place
Identity, wayfinding, interpretive and informational design.
Places should inspire, bring people together, and help foster community
An empty space becomes a community space (second image courtesy MHF Foundation).