SITE PLANNING AND HEIGHT STRATEGIES Because the site was mostly devoid of existing context, we began our conceptual design investigation by looking back in time at the historical context to inform the site strategy. This lead to an attitude about the placement of buildings on-site and gave us hints about building heights and space between buildings. Historically, buildings were taller along the commercial corridors of Brush and Beaubien and shorter residential infill existed on the mid-blocks. Ultimately, three building masses were proposed, each running north to south across the site with the tallest, 5-story building along Brush, a 4-story building on Beaubien and a lower 2 and 3 story structure runs through the center of the site. An effort was made to maximize the number of street accessed walk-up units to create more activity throughout the site. Walk-ups occur in the Beaubien building and the Urban Studios. The Brush building uses its retail component for a similar affect. Underground parking for the entire development is accessed along Watson Street to the north, along with loading and entry to the new promenade. An existing Greenway passes our site to the south and west, which allowed us the opportunity to open our site to the south and engage with this expansive trail connecting more than 20 miles of the City.