Issue #11 – Collage

Issue #11 – Collage

ISSUE #11:

Collage has always intrigued me. Over the years I have used collage in a variety of ways – to express the poetics of design, for commemorating special days with cards, and to portray landscape, still life and interior scenes, as well as abstract ideas. THIS WEEK in MUSE, a sampler of my work in this special medium.

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CONTENTS:

Happy Birthday
MIRROR PARK – Design for Change
Isla Vista Revitalization
Springfield Visioning
Botanical Garden
Imagine
On the Road
Joe’s Room


NEWS AND NOTES:

Cover art: Material study collage by Deborah Zervas


 

MIRROR PARK – Design for Change

MIRROR PARK – Design for Change

Challenge: the re-design of an existing/neglected/underused neighborhood park, in Eugene OR.

This proposal is for a phased assessment/design/build process, to address landscape flexibility. Panarchy describes change as a feedback loop – a cycle of exploitation, conservation, release and reorganization, within a field of potential/connectedness. How to avoid landscape rigidity and its consequent catastrophic collapse? How to serve present needs and preserve futures? How to design for change?

Phase I Destruction

The park is erased to its foundational layers.

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Isla Vista Revitalization

Isla Vista Revitalization

The competition brief requested urban design and planning proposals for the Isla Vista neighborhood of Santa Barbara. Although adjacent to the University of Santa Barbara, the area is not well connected to the campus even though businesses and rental properties there primarily serve a student population. Coherent urban fabric, supportive infrastructure, and planning tools are needed to better serve an increasingly economically and sociologically diverse community. Environmental concerns include protection of a vernal pool in the northwest part of Isla Vista,

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Springfield Visioning

Springfield Visioning

HOLLYWOOD DISTRICT
Springfield, Massachusetts

The city of Springfield requested urban re-design proposals for the Hollywood district of the South End. The neighborhood is home to established businesses and families of Italian descent and new immigrants from Puerto Rico. The urban fabric – comprising commercial, business, mixed use, single and multi-family residence typologies – has been weakened by blight, crime, poverty, and lax zoning enforcement. These visioning vignettes explore temporary uses of vacant lots as a mediating force,

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