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Thursday, October 23 • 10:50am - 11:00am
Recording the Urban Palimpsest: Poetics and Ecology Designed

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The Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial Park site is a complex layered one. It was last used in 19th and early 20th centuries, as an unmarked burial ground, and has since remained vacant. Now the site will be activated as the first open space node along the Brooklyn Greenway, creating an experience of landscape and planted form that offers retreat, remembrance, and engaged observation. The plantings of the memorial meadow focus on establishing much needed native plant fodder for the many forgotten pollinators critical to the ecological health of the region, including butterflies, honey bees, and pollinator moths. This immersive meadow experience informs the public of the importance of pollinator habitat in the urban environment while symbolically attracting many forms of life to a place that has historically commemorated death. Initially planted in a strict rectilinear pattern reinforced by steel cable frames that reference burial plots, the plantings will eventually drift across the site, to create new patterns and establishing a self-sustaining, ‘open-ended’ ecology.  The Fred Sandback inspired cabled frames will remain in place as a datum that records the dynamic movement of the plant communities over time preserving a physical form of remembrance. 

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avatar for Thomas L. Woltz, CLARB, FASLA, NZILA

Thomas L. Woltz, CLARB, FASLA, NZILA

Principal & Owner, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Thomas Woltz is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) with offices in New York City, Charlottesville VA, and San Francisco CA. In 2011, he was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors achieved in the profession. In 2013, he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. His design work infuses places where people live, work, and... Read More →


Thursday October 23, 2014 10:50am - 11:00am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036