DESIGN – UNDERGRADUATE
California Center for Native Plants and
Michael O'Connell, Student ASLA
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Advisor: Professor Walter D. Bremer,
ASLA and Professor Bill MacElroy.
Nice layout of boards... good explanations... focus is on
design solution... very thorough and environmentally sound.
Student Awards Jury Comments
The California Center for Native Plants and Wildlife is a 130
acre parcel located fifty miles west of Chico in the small hamlet
of Flournoy, California. It has historically been used for irrigation
farming and cattle ranching. The center seeks to create change by
researching and testing methodologies for improving rangeland management,
exotic control, and native species rehabilitation, while at the
same time involving the community as a whole to get involved in
issues of sustainability and ecologically sound land management.
For this design project the site was divided into four conceptual
sections based on the four main elements: Earth, Wind, Water, and
Fire. Each of these has its own art installation and research effort
that focuses on the effects of that particular element on native
establishment and exotic eradication. Sustainable and educational
features in each section are also coordinated based on each individual
element. The art and educational elements of the site are set within
the larger restoration zone, which has been divided into smaller
units for study and application of exotic weed treatment types.
|Drawings: Michael O'Connell