Gamble Associates is an urban design and planning firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that focuses on community redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization.
REBUILDING THE AMERICAN CITY
Design and Strategy for the 21st Century Urban Core
Written by David Gamble and Patty Heyda
Urban redevelopment in American cities is neither easy nor quick. It takes a delicate alignment of goals, power, leadership and sustained advocacy on the part of many. Rebuilding the American City highlights 15 urban design and planning projects in the U.S. that have been catalysts for their downtowns—yet were implemented during the tumultuous start of the 21st century. The book presents five paradigms for redevelopment and a range of perspectives on the complexities, successes and challenges inherent to rebuilding American cities today. Rebuilding the American City is essential reading for practitioners and students in urban design, planning, and public policy looking for diverse models of urban transformation to create resilient urban cores.
We are continuing our work for the City of Chelsea! Phase One was drafting Design Guidelines for Broadway and the commercial corridors to help existing business. Phase two entails revisions to the city’s zoning ordinance regulations to address issues that arose in the drafting of the guidelines.
David Gamble is presenting Gamble Associates’ Design Guidelines for Andover’s Historic Mill District at the January 2019 MAPD Lunch-n-Learn on January 11, 2019. "From Town Yard to Town Center" will share the story about capitalizing on the unique characteristics of Andover’s historic resources and realize the economic benefits of living and working in a walkable, transit-oriented district. Additional presenters include Paul Materazzo, Director of Community Development and Planning.
We're excited to be working with City of Norwich, Weston&Sampson, RKG Associates and Onekey on an environmental site assessment and reuse plans for the Ponemah South Mill in Norwich, CT. The North Mill has already been rehabilitated into residential units and is expanding into additional phases.
Brian Gregory and David Gamble are panelists at this year’s ABX / Architecture Boston Expo 208 conference at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on November 28-29th. They will be participating in two separate sessions: “Bus Rapid Transit” and “Practice Paradigms” on Wednesday November 28, 2018. (Link to ABX 2018 Website)
We are excited to continue to work in Andover MA. Gamble Associates is working to re-envision the surface parking lot behind the Old Town Hall downtown and to assist the town in a placemaking strategy for underutilized open spaces.
The recent demolition of the Capital Plaza Complex in downtown Frankfort, KY has opened up redevelopment opportunities downtown. Project lead: Louisville-based CityVisions Associates.
Click here to see a video link of the demolition!
Link to the Master Plan website: www.spiritofdowntownfrankfort.com
Redevelopment pressures in historic downtown settings place additional pressure on the character and quality of new development. We are working with the Town of Wellesley, MA to update their 1989 Design Guidelines.
Philipp Maué of Gamble Associates contributed “Safe Harbor” – an cross-sectional graphic on the competing uses of the Boston harbor – to the Spring 2018 issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine. For more information, please visit https://www.architects.org/architectureboston/articles/reinvention
David Gamble will be joining Thomas P. Glynn, PhD, Massport CEO, and Renée Loth, editor, ArchitectureBoston magazine, for Pier Review, an important conversation on the future of Boston’s working waterfront on March 28, 2018. The event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA. Additional panelists include Dan Adams (Landing Studio, Northeastern University School of Architecture) and Jill Valdes Horwood (Boston Harbor Now). For more information, visit https://www.architects.org/programs-and-events/pier-review-0
David Gamble will be speaking at the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Conference on March 26, 2018. The presentation discusses the rapidly evolving trends with landscape design practice. Challenges to the traditional design firm are coming from many directions. On the one hand, consolidation continues to take place with large corporate conglomerates actively seeking to acquire small and mid-size firms that specialize. At the same time, an entrepreneurial ethic has cultivated niche firms and virtual practices that can compete, in teams, on the global stage. Additional speakers include Christine Dunn (Sasaki Associates) and Cheri Ruane (Weston & Sampson).
David Gamble and Patty Heyda will be presenting their research on contemporary urban design and planning at the AIA National Conference. The conference will be held in New York City June 21-23, 2018 in New York City.
David Gamble (MAUD ’97) moderated a panel discussion on Saturday, October 14th with graduates from across generations and design programs at the Harvard GSD Alumni weekend.
(Photo courtesy of Justin Knight)
David Gamble was interviewed for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Advisory Services Panel looking at reuse opportunities for Buffalo’s Central Terminal. The effort was in cooperation with the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, the City of Buffalo and Empire State Development.
Brian Gregory of Gamble Associates and Josh Fiala of MAPC have initiated a new committee within the Boston Society of Architects, the INFRA\TECTURE Committee, focusing on the intersection of design, transportation and infrastructure. The inaugural session, hosted in April, explored the implications of the Boston Harbor Barrier as a regional-scale solution to the threat of rising sea levels. The May session, which included former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, focused on the North-South Rail Link, which seeks to connect Boston’s North and South Stations and create a regional rail network. Click here for more information on the committee and upcoming events.
We just finished building a 1/8″ = 1′-0″ scale model of the Lock 9 Park Renaissance Project in Piqua, OH. It took three weeks to finish it’s construction before the model was driven to Ohio. We captured the daily progress on the six foot long model with a time-lapse video. Check it out here!
David Gamble and Patty Heyda will be presenting their research on contemporary urban design and planning strategies at the AIA National Conference. The conference will be held in Orlando, FL from April 26-29, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center.
Please visit conferenceonarchitecture.com for more information!
David Gamble is participating in a panel discussion at the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Conference February 9, 2017. The presentation centers on the transformation of the former Suffolk Downs site in Boston. The site is poised for transformation following the closure of the race track. The work presented is the result of a three-day multi-disciplinary urban design charrette held in April 2016 at the Boston Society of Architects. Additional speakers include Shauna Gilles-Smith (Ground Inc.), Paul Lukez (Paul Lukez Architecture), and Isabel Zempel (Sasaki Associates).
For more information, visit http://bslanow.org/event/xpo17/
Gamble Associates will be part of a panel discussion presenting “Leveraging People and Places” at the 2017 International Trails Symposium. The event takes place May 7-10 in Dayton, Ohio.
For more information, visit http://www.americantrails.org/ee/index.php/symposium/2017
David Gamble and Patty Heyda will be the keynote speakers at the annual Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) 2017 Forecast Breakfast in Atlanta, Georgia on February 1, 2017. David and Patty will be discussing current opportunities and challenges in urban design across the US based on their recent book “Rebuilding the American City”. The session is entitled “The Makings of a Great City”. JLL is a Fortune 500 professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate.
Brian Gregory and David Gamble will be speaking at the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIAS) FORUM. The annual national conference will be held in Boston from December 28, 2016 to January 2, 2017 with co-hosts Wentworth Institute of Technology and MassArt.
David Gamble had a follow-up conversation with Robin Young, co-host of National Public Radio’s Here&Now about innovative revitalization strategies in American downtowns.
Listen to the full interview here!
Talking Cities is a new podcast that “investigates cutting-edge innovations in cities for American and beyond”. Host of the podcast is Matt Enstice, CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. He interviewed David about his recent book “Rebuilding the American City” (co-author Patty Heyda) and the transformations that have occurred on the BNMC since 2001.
Listen to the full interview here!
David Gamble and Patty Heyda were interviewed by Robin Young, co-host of National Public Radio’s Here & Now about their book “Rebuilding the American City”. Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997 and is aired in over 400 stations across the US, reaching an estimated 4 million listeners.
Listen to the full interview here!
Brian Gregory of Gamble Associates will be leading a session at the Southern New England American Planning Association (SNEAPA) 2016 Conference in Worcester, MA on October 20 – 21, 2016. “Sympathetic Systems: Multi-modal transit networks for the 21st century” will investigate the existing and potential synergies occurring between different modalities such as biking, public transit, and car-sharing, and analyze how consciously designing and incorporating transit hubs into the urban fabric can create more equitable and sustainable cities. Speakers include Alice Brown of Go Boston 2030, Lisa Jacobson of the Barr Foundation, and Amber Christoffersen of the Mystic River Association. For more information on the SNEAPA 2016 Conference, please visit http://www.sneapa.org/
Gamble Associates will be leading two sessions at the upcoming Architecture Boston Expo 2016 (November 15 – 17)
“T-ing Up: The Future Promise of Boston’s Transit Network,” presented by Brian Gregory, George Thrush, Scott Hamwey, and Jim Aloisi, will analyze the complex interrelationship between public transit and the physical urban fabric of Metro Boston, and explore how potential future changes could dramatically transform the region.
“Going to the Races – Suffolk Downs UD Charrette,” presented by David Gamble, Paul Lukez, and Shauna Gillies-Smith, will explore three alternative visions for the rehabilitation and repositioning of the Suffolk Downs site in Revere and Boston.
“Mapping Rebuilding the American City” is an exhibit of drawings from 15 cities in the Rebuilding the American City book. The exhibit will be on display in the Carolyn Hewes Toft Gallery beginning in conjunction with the author conversation with David Gamble and Patty Heyda on May 5th, 2016 from 6pm-8pm. The drawings will remain on view until June 15, 2016.
“Born on the Bayou” – an excerpt from the Houston case study in Rebuilding the American City – was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Architecture Boston.
David Gamble is moderating a panel session at the Boston Society of Architects April conference. “Natural Systems Discourse: Landscape Architects Taking the Lead” will include speaks from Stoss Landscape Urbanism and Hargreaves Associates. The session will take place at 10:30am on April 11, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Boston.