Student Project Background: Our Regional Planning Agency, SANDAG projects that the San Diego Region will grow by 1,000,000 people over the next 20 -30 years and to accommodate this increase in population we will need 330,000 housing units and space for 500,000 new jobs. Most of the new housing will be in the form of Multi-family housing. The new growth cannot continue to grow outward so most of this additional growth will be infill and redevelopment in currently developed areas. Mission Valley is an area that can begin to accommodate some of this additional growth. In Mission Valley there are underdeveloped and underutilized parcels and vast areas of surface parking lots. But there are major traffic problems because of isolated POD developments, too few through streets and despite the trolley, poor transit service. And there is no public realm. Movement by pedestrians is either dangerous or impossible because of the development patterns. But the potential is there to do some things that will make Mission Valley a “Great Place”.
NewSchool of Architecture & Design Student Projects: In Fall of 2013 a third year Graduate studio class at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design undertook a preliminary look re-planning the valley. Their work prompted the Planning Director to request that students continue to look at ideas for the future of Mission Valley.During the Spring quarter of 2014 the AR 403 studio in collaboration with Skyport Studio developed a “Vision” for the Valley and its implementation.
Students involved in the project: Siah Afrasiabi, Thamer Alsehab, Daniel Aparico, Alfredo Bravo, Andrea Cook, Mariana De Bergia, Meghan E. Eastman, Borja Ezquerra Martinez, Josefina Felix, Eric French, Courtney Fromberg, Carolina Garcia, Casper Liu, Cesar Martinez, Marta Ortega, Victor Padilla, Megan Power, Thomas Quass, Julian Rengifo, Jose Villamizar, Mariano Vilallonga, Thomas Aldrich, Liza Marie Bajarius, Ronnie Byrd, Heather Collins, Jeanna DeFede, William Dunstan, Kristian Guillen, Nelson E. Martinez, Ramiro Martinez Jr., Andrew Martins, Deysi K. Montecastillo, Marta Ortega, Daniel J. Romo, Thomas Schalnat, Juan Valles and Monica Wilson - under the direction and guidance of professor Mike Stepner.