Mayor Michael J. McGlynn is pleased to welcome students from Harvard University to Medford. The students will be making presentations all day at Medford City Hall on Monday, December 10, 2012, from 9 AM - 6 PM on design ideas for different parts of the City.
The public is most welcome to come and observe. No public comments can be accepted at that time, but observation is welcomed. The students' final grade will reflect what they produce on these projects.
This is great opportunity for the Medford community as well as the Harvard students as they provide options to possibly form a regional network of vibrant and ecologically active pedestrian public space between residential neighborhoods, established commercial and green corridors, and the Mystic River.
All are welcome!
More details from Harvard are as follows:
Catalytic Landscape: Body, Culture, and the Visual Environment is a graduate-level landscape architecture studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The studio, co-taught by renowned landscape architect Martha Schwartz, Harvard lecturer Andrea Hansen and Harvard instructor Andrew Zientek, addresses small sites along the Mystic River in Medford, Massachusetts. With the support of Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn and City Council Member Rick Caraviello, along with engagement from various government and community groups, the studio treats small landscapes as catalysts that can strengthen neighborhoods, reconnect citizens to the river, and provide a new awareness of the city's natural environment.
Each student design project examines a different site in Medford to create a series of contemporary landscape installations that range from temporary art installations to permanent site work. The installations draw from contemporary artists such as Walter de Maria, Olafur Eliasson, Matthew Ritchie, and Tomas Saraceno to create works that engage all five senses through the use of pops of color, unusual textures, and alternative interpretations of locally-sourced building materials. Together, the landscapes join with Medford's existing open space system to form a regional landscape network that not only provides places for community gathering and events, but also works ecologically to address issues such as flooding, stormwater runoff, soil contamination, etc.
The 14 students will present their projects through the use of drawings, full-scale models, and animations from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm at Medford City Hall (85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA). Community members are encouraged to attend the presentations.