Nature Park, Cape Cod
Theoretical project. Second place in the Fairhaven Design Competition.
The town of Fairhaven has purchased 70 acres of open space for preservation as a nature reserve/park. The vegetation is a thicket of young coastal forest, which has grown around the abandoned buildings of a farm turned summer camp that has fallen into disuse. At first glance, the town’s plans to develop the area for the recreational use of local visitors seems to conflict with the chaotic and untamed nature of a visit to the site today.
The purpose of the proposed intervention is to draw the attention of the visitor meandering through the site to its existing qualities. A complex system of trails offers a variety of ways to experience the park. Visitors create their own personal “traveler’s tale” each time they visit, through the choices they make whenever two trails diverge in the wood.
Vardit Tsurnamal, MLA Studio Project, Harvard, 1998
Studio Instructor: Jacques Simon, Landscape Architect