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MA Military Reservation
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Synergizing ecological concerns with military programme at the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

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Harvard Graduate School of Design - 2012

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Lauren Micir

Adam Novak

Scott Liang

The Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) project was my first foray into the mind-bending concepts of Landscape Architecture. Such concepts include:

  1. Designing the annual cycles of site maintenance (the consideration of change over time is a core tenant of Landscape Architecture)
  2. Designing at massive scales, which necessarily involves synthesizing the needs of many disparate parties
  3. Understanding and accommodating animal species, esp. endangered ones, in our interventions
  4. The processes of natural restoration—in this case, remediating groundwater toxins caused by decades of munitions testing

Alternative Ideas

The Transformer

The "Transformer" concept was deliberately designed in contrast to the Cloud concept. Sharp and linear, with delicate trellises and a glazed roof.

First rendering of the Transformer

The Transformer at night

The Transformer mid-day

The Noodle

Left on the cutting room floor was the "Noodle." It was meant to appear like separate roofs, engaging in a luscious dance. Occasional coming together, occasionally pulling apart. At times, dipping down to greet the public.

Two roofs engaging in a dance

Each Noodle was further expressive through its construction. The layers started uniformly, then were occasionally peeled back and reintroduced to create varying senses of weight.