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City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, sign concepts

DORAL DESIGN DISTRICT

DORAL, FLORIDA

 

Wayfinding Masterplan and Design Guidelines for a New South Florida Design District.

 

Incorporated in 2003, the City of Doral is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, expansive residential neighborhoods, world-class parks and cultural activities, and the famous "Blue Monster"  course at the Doral Trump Golf Resort and Spa. The City has also been home  for decades to a commercial area well-known to locals for its abundant tile, granite and marble retailers. In 2010, the City along with local business owners initiated a plan to formalize the area into a tile and marble district. Working closely with a team of local architects. planners, and landscape architects, we helped develop a comprehensive masterplan and design guidelines that propose a vision for the future of this new City district.

 

City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, vehicular sign concepts
City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, pedestrian sign concepts

WHAT'S IN A NAME

Originally the area was to be re-branded the Tile & Marble District, however we believed that this name was too restrictive and did not reflect the complete vision of the future for the area. We recommended to the City and it's stakeholders that they re-brand the region as the Doral Design District, a more inclusive name for the wide variety of current and future business, cultural and residential activities envisioned for the area. Stylistically, the new branding that we developed for the district pays homage to the region's long tile and marble history. The typeface is a traditional serif font reminiscent of the letter forms the ancient Romans carved into marble facades. The accompanying 'triple D' icon is designed to resemble mosaic tile, and is a direct nod to the area's tile industry.

 

City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, district brand identity
City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, district branded street banners

CREATING THE VISION

The vision for the new district was to expand beyond the existing commercial infrastructure, and to develop a thriving arts district with distinct entertainment, residential, retail, and cultural attributes. During the planning process, specific uses were defined for different areas of the district.  To better define the concept, we divided the district into several named quarters that are each zoned for different uses and activities. This approach allowed us to 'sub-brand' different regions within the district, which allows for more targeted marketing and promotion as well as regional identity and wayfinding. This was not only a practical approach to land use, it eased concerns of local stakeholders that their existing informal identities would be preserved. With the input of residents and area stakeholders, we established a branding and wayfinding strategy for the area that preserved the past while advancing towards the future.

City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, wayfinding philosophy
City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, district quarters
City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, vehicular sign locations

DEFINING THE DISTRICT

Through a series of public workshops, the team presented several alternative design motifs for future architecture, streetscapes and wayfinding. Ultimately, the City selected a Spanish Mediterranean theme as the preferred vision for the new district. In keeping with the chosen motif, we created a set of comprehensive visual guidelines depicting the primary elements of a new district-wide wayfinding system. We proposed monumental identity signs that define the primary gateways into the district, and a cohesive system of vehicular and pedestrian signage that will guide visitors to public destinations and parking. Freestanding pedestrian kiosks present orientation maps as well as the names and locations of area businesses. We worked with the City and the FDOT district office to plan and locate trailblazing signs to the new district along a nearby major expressway. Our final guidelines include district branding and usage, wayfinding strategy, definition of district boundaries and quarters, district nomenclature, typical vehicular and pedestrian sign locations, best practice signage examples, district sign types, depictions and descriptions of all major proposed sign types, and budget fabrication estimates to help the City plan for future implementation.

City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, gateway sign characteristics
City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, pedestrian kiosk characteristics
City of Doral, Florida, Doral Design District, Wayfinding Master Plan, pedestrian directional sign characteristics

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