Wayside is a community-minded design studio led by Curry Hackett.
Our practice employs diverse, site-specific approaches to urban and visual design that yield experiences of socio-cultural value. We work at multiple scales to bolster the relationship between people, their communities, and the environments that support them.
Why the name? The long story, short:
A wayside is the strip of land near the edge of a road or railroad track—an ambiguous threshold that mediates contrasting environments: the built and natural landscapes.
By encountering each project from its edge and observing its adjacencies, we develop approaches that lend themselves to mutually relevant outcomes. Thus, we engage design as a means of mediating sociocultural and environmental issues.
Generally, our work supports efforts in infrastructure, urban planning, public relations, or environmental causes.
More specifically, our capabilities include:
Placemaking & public art
We have worked with public relations agencies, civil engineers, landscape architects, real estate developers, arts commissions, and environmental agencies.
Select clients include:
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
DC Department of Energy and Environment
DC Public Library
Additionally, we often collaborate with other like-minded folks to realize our projects.
Select partners include: