South 27th Street Charette

Client: South 27th Street Business Association

Location: South 27th Street Area

  • 3700-3736 S. 27th St. - Adjustable Steel-Panel Building Façade - Engberg Anderson

Community Design Solutions (CDS) was hired to facilitate a process of information gathering leading up to a visioning charette for the South 27th Street corridor in the cities of Milwaukee and Greenfield. This process involved revisiting past plans for the area, examining the business diversity of the neighborhood, and conducting a series of Focus Groups to gather input from various stakeholders including lenders, developers, residents, City officials, agency leaders, and business owners. This information was disseminated to six teams of architects, each assigned to one of the Opportunity Sites.

A day long charette was held at the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning on September 8th, 2016. Throughout the day, teams generated ideas for the sites and then shared them with the larger stakeholder group to receive feedback. Following the initial input, the architectural teams revised their designs to reflect stakeholder input and provide illustrations for how South 27th Street can be transformed from a suburban auto-dominated corridor into a series of walkable destinations that will serve both the neighborhood and attract visitors and customers to the area.

The intent of the charette process is to explore and evaluate development ideas and possibilities. It is not intended to imply the ideas are guaranteed by developers or the municipalities.

Architectural teams included:

Engberg Anderson

Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Eppstein Uhen

Uihlein Wilson Architects

Kubala Washatko


S 27th Street Strategic Action Plan