Design Team: Trout Central
Final Design Proposals


We want to build Owings Mills in a way that discourages its presently sprawling patterns of development. We would rather see Owings Mills grow in a manner which encourages an urbanistic, civic life.

We value dense development for two main reasons: because it encourages a sense of community and because it is more environmentally reponsible.

We want to value and express the systematic connections between Owings Mills and the outside world. The highway, the metro, and the parkway connect Owings Mills to Baltimore and to other towns in the area. The Red Run Stream and the Gwynn's Falls River are part of a riparian system which also connects Owings Mills to Baltimore and to the Chesapeake Bay.

Town center master plan

To accomplish these goals, we have established our own guidelines for structuring Owings Mills:

Formal garden and shopping mall additions

Community center and amphitheater by swale park on south side

Main bicycle routes

Walking distances to metro stop & office park

Housing types for southside residential area

Residential block south of the mall

View of residential street

Solar farms

Public recreation areas

The stream and its buffer zone should be left as park land, recognizing that it is both environmentally sound to prevent the stream's pollution, and also culturally important for the town to share a common park space.

Courtyard & public greens as stormwater infiltration areas

Stormwater management basin at the mall

I-795 entrance circle with stormwater infiltration basins

Stormwater infiltration systems in residential areas

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