Public Invited to View Window Exhibit on Community Vision for Downtown

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The Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects invites the community to view a window exhibit, representing the work and ideas that were explored during a Community Design Charrette to reimagine downtown.  See how the 16 teams including 160 architects, landscape architects, engineers, students, and other stakeholders illustrated possible solutions to integrate housing, enhance the open spaces and the connectivity, and improve the vitality of downtown Santa Barbara.

Selected illustrations and designs will be on display at vacant storefront windows at 833 and 901 State Street until January 4, 2021. Masks and social distancing are required for outdoor viewing.

According to local architect Tai Yeh, AIA, “We embrace the future of downtown Santa Barbara with our imagination. It's the preview of life’s coming attractions.”   

To inform their design work, a community survey was conducted with over 4,700 responses. The results are available at We invite the public to comment and provide input on the ideas and concepts at  

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RHS Dec 01, 2020 06:18 PM
Public Invited to View Window Exhibit on Community Vision for Downtown

As I commented at the time this was first out there, this is just window dressing. They have decided what they will do and to whom they will listen. When I tried to respond to their survey it refused to allow me to actually provide input outside of the channels they had selected. This stuff is just process and they do not listen but can claim they had participation. These enlightened folks are no better than the political bosses that preceded them.

biguglystick Dec 01, 2020 10:31 AM
Public Invited to View Window Exhibit on Community Vision for Downtown

Also, I will add, I clicked on the survey response page (I never even heard about this survey! I would have liked to have participated). And the photo in the top middle of the enormous bland building is HIDEOUS! That is NOT Santa Barbara!!! I dearly hope that is not what they have in mind! Apartment living downtown, YES, and we need affordable housing, but that building must not be in the plan! Pearl Chase would be turning in her grave, along with many of the city's historical original architects.

biguglystick Dec 01, 2020 10:26 AM
Public Invited to View Window Exhibit on Community Vision for Downtown

I hope they aren't considering re-routing our traditional parades off of State st. just because they closed it off to traffic. This would be a terrible idea. A couple of times a year, the restaurants can move their chairs so the Fiesta parade, the Christmas parade, the Summer Solstice parade can go through. I wonder how many of this "team" of architects are actually FROM Santa Barbara, or are just wealthy transplants. Grrrr.

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