EDITOR’S NOTE -This is the first in a two-part series examining the five finalists in the [RE] Vision Isla Vista Master Plan Design Competition. Today’s article will examine Kenji Suzuki’s design from di Domenico and Partner of New York and Ed McKinney’s design from Glatting Jackson of Orlando, Florida. An article later in the week will focus on the remaining designs from Black Bird Architects of Santa Barbara, Urbanus Arch of Los Angeles and Envision Design of Berkeley.
The design competition, co-sponsored by Santa Barbara County, UCSB, and the I.V. Recreation and Parks District, is the first phase in the Master Plan process, which seeks to solicit a plan for the future of I.V. The five finalists, chosen from 29 international entries, have each received a $10,000 honorarium to refine their designs before submitting their final plan, which is due on Feb. 12. All preliminary finalists’ designs will remain on display throughout the process and will be open to public comment Monday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at I.V. Elementary School, located at 6875 El Colegio Road.