Envisioning Milwaukee's Inner Harbor

Nov 6, 2012

We meet UWM Architecture chair Jim Wasley, and learn about his vision for the area around the School of Freshwater Sciences.

Jim Wasley has ambitious plans for the plaza around UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences.
Credit Susan Bence

While local, state and national candidates wait out the results of today's elections, we take a look at a much different "preoccupation."

Jim Wasley chairs UWM's School of Architecture and Urban Planning. He's also deeply involved in creating a vision of Milwaukee's inner harbor that blends manufacturing, sought-after living and recreational spaces.

What's more, Wasley, along with colleagues and students, has an eye on achieving all that while cleaning up and restoring its water.

Wasley hopes to test out the approach on the campus of the School of Freshwater Sciences. As workers expand the facility over the next year or so, he's proposing a combination of storm water control and other natural features. As we're about to discover, the architect is particularly attached to a "fish feature". Wasley takes WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence on a mini-tour of the site.