Research in the National Parks.

We have officially begun our group independent study. Our team is comprised of Zijing Xu (5th yr. international architecture exchange student), Macvan Scott (3rd yr. undergraduate architecture ), Jessica Neary (2nd yr. graduate landscape architecture), myself (2nd yr. graduate landscape architecture), and Tracy Moir-McClean (faculty architecture).

We have numerous partners and advisers lined up to help us throughout our process of discovery. We were not awarded the Carlos C. Campbell Memorial Fellowship. While this will limit what we can do financially, we find ourselves in the position to expand our focus. 

Our first few meetings have been great! We have been conducting precedent studies which parallel our readings on values and pollution. We have explored the ecological restoration efforts proposed by MVVA at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, The Waller Creek restoration in Texas also by MVVA, The Red Folding Paper in the Greenway by Turenscape, the removal of Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, and the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville, MS.

We have also spent time learning ESRI's ArcGIS. We have hopes of creating a  unique research project which looks at ecological and social issues as they occur in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We have our first meeting with Paul Super and Imelda Wegwerth who are the science coordinator and the landscape architect at the park. We hope to narrow down our areas of focus with them as we travel through the park. 

We hope to blog about our progress at least every other week so stay tuned for more.