park design

2015/3.1, March 4 — Hot Water Comforts, Digital Dynamics, Efficient Lighting and more
Artful Education
More than three years ago, I was approached by a talented landscape architect (and good friend) to look at project with an interesting twist:  the celebration of the agricultural history of a well-known California city.   I’ve long been fascinated by history and have taught the history of art and architecture in a variety of settings, so when Lance Walker (then principal at The Collaborative West, San Clemente, Calif.) called me, I was keenly motivated to hear more about his plan to pay homage to those who had jump-started a major modern community by harnessing a natural watercourse to
Urban Statements
It was no easy task:  We were called on to take the majestic landscape defined by the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers; use it as a template for an urban oasis filled with sculptures, plants and water; and develop a park that would mesh seamlessly with its surrounding urban spaces. Furthermore, they wanted this park to appeal to every conceivable user – people of all ages, needs and backgrounds – while also serving as a catalyst for growth and a profound revival of the city’s core.  And not only was the space to carry that symbolic load, but it also had to function efficiently with long-term reliability. We at Hydro Dramatics (St. Louis, Mo.) know from experience that projects of this scope and scale require much planning and coordination to go along with large measures of innovation.  We also know that these types of challenges make success that much sweeter. So we jumped into the task with all our energy, supporting the design team charged with developing Citygarden, a 2.9-acre parcel to be filled with