Place for Liberation : A new Waterfront Development for Jacksonville, Florida


Personal Info

Name: Keyur + Patel

Nationality: India

Institution / Company: University of Florida 

Instagram: @ke.yu.r



-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award 2022 Competition | Category: Urban & Landscape


The culture of each society is recognized through its various components such as language, art, and architecture. Architecture reflects the culture of every community interacting closely with society’s structural, historical, political, economic, and social features as a matter of human life. To preserve the essence of a place, the relationship between a site and the surrounding culture plays a significant role. The relationship with topography, climate, form, and context is a direct (measurable) factor, whereas culture and identity are indirect (unmeasurable) factors. This study explores the relationship between these measurable and unmeasurable factors.

This Project attempts to challenge conventional notions of what Designers and planners could do with our existing skill sets. Despite the specific focus of this Project on social justice narratives and empowering identity, its overarching objective is to explore how creative approaches can be taken to foster placemaking in both a physical and a cultural context. A thorough understanding of this framework provides a unique opportunity for designer to envision, design, and conceptualize how, where, and for what purposes the Project will be built. 

In lieu of conventional riverfront development, the former Jacksonville(Florida) Landing site presents an incredible opportunity to develop a place of equity and reparation. Through the integration of landscapes and architectural elements, this waterfront project creates a sense of liberation and a destination for all. 

The factors like culture, Sustainability, and Social Justice are rooted in the fabric of Jacksonville. Considering these factors, the program is articulated to celebrate river and City. It is dedicated to celebrating and reviving Jacksonville’s history, culture, art, and community.


Project Type:

Cultural centre as a part of waterfront development for Jacksonville, Florida.

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