Since Monday was a holiday, things moved pretty quickly at OCLP this week. I also had the opportunity to visit areas in the region that I have not been to before. At the beginning of the week, Angelina and I finalized our presentation for the Green Ambassadors at Thompson Island. On Tuesday morning Angelina, Julian, Eliot and I took the 8 A.M. ferry to Thompson Island from Boston. Also on board was Glen Valentine, who is a Principal at Stephen Stimson Associates. Glen also presented to the Green Ambassadors on a project he worked on in San Antonio, Texas.
The project was at Phil Hardberger Park, and was created as part of an international competition. The competition called for a design for a 311 acre park for the City of San Antonio, Texas. Glen explained the design process that he and his firm engaged in with the Hardberger Park project. The park was used historically as a dairy farm, and seventy five percent was dedicated to the preservation of the natural landscape. The concept for the park was a “cultivated wild” which combines cultural history with resiliency and ecology.
Glen presented many helpful graphics to assist in illustrating the design process, as well as design elements considered when working on a large scale project. I think Glen’s presentation was a great introduction to the scale at which landscape architecture can take shape. The Green Ambassadors were amazed by how much money goes into projects at this scale. They had many intriguing questions at the close of the presentation about how design decisions are made and implemented.
After Glen’s presentation, we joined the Green Ambassadors for a quick team building activity that helped everyone get more comfortable with each other. Adrienne Sharigian, Green Ambassador Program Manager, helped organize and facilitate everything from the presentations to the activities we engaged in with the youth. Later, Angelina and I spoke with the Green Ambassadors a little bit more about our path into Landscape Architecture, as well as the design process, and scope of the profession. Overall, Angelina and I both felt very inspired by our trip to Thompson Island. The opportunity to engage with youth in the design realm and listen to their ideas was very rewarding.
Another trip the DTP interns made this week was to Lowell for an opportunity to meet Eric Breitkreutz from HACE (Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center) and Jim Kendrick (Regional Archaeologist), as well as other NPS staff. It was really interesting to learn more about the scope of what HACE and the Archaeology team does more specifically. One particular detail that amazed me was that the NPS archaeology team must respond to the increase in looting and vandalism of sites. When the looting is over five hundred dollars, it is considered a felony, and will be taken to criminal court.
We also had the chance to learn about the paint matching process HACE engages in when trying to match paint to a historic structure or object. Each of us took turns looking at a specimen of paint through the microscope and comparing images. The team then uses a Munsell color system to help match the paint color they are analyzing.