The Future of Downtown Santa Barbara?

Illustration John Messer

Ever wonder what the future of downtown Santa Barbara might look like? Amid our current pandemic disruption Detty Peikert, AIA, Ellen Bildsten, AIA, and Cassandra Ensberg, FAIA, the 3 co-chairs of the Advocacy Committee and the chairs of the 2020 design Charette are sharing their visions for what Santa Barbara’s downtown could be someday. The charette is on display downtown and online (see links below).

Currently, the future of downtown Santa Barbara’s iconic State Street is bleak due to the state-mandated shut down although a few businesses remain open.

In these unimaginable times, these architects have foreseen a future for downtown that’s very imaginative and possibly the groundwork for a more hopeful tomorrow. For more information click on the links below including a video by AIA and a video of State Street from 2013

AIA Santa Barbara Design Charrettes

The State Street of Tomorrow SB Independent

A Community Vision for Santa Barbara AIA Video

State Street Video

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