AIA Florida Merit Award 2009 Gainesville, FL, 2007

Archer Braid explores place making and transit alternatives through the design of a commuter bicycle and pedestrian pathway through urban, institutional and ecologically sensitive landscapes in Gainesville, Florida. The project proposes to leverage design disciplines toward facilitating the integration of infrastructural, social, civic, public health, natural, technological and economic forces — typically parsed into solipsistic command and control bureaucracies. More than just a component of the transportation infrastructure, this path traverses a sensitive natural water recharge area currently surrounded by low density development. Therefore, the project is responsible for stewardship of this important area by providing controlled access and by promoting the value of this important feature.