Everywhere there is landscape. It connects everything and everyone. This is the essence of our world. It is always present and should never be thought of as additive.
As practitioners, we are responsible for responding to an array of issues and challenges within our communities. We interact with each other and with our environment intuitively, emotionally, and intellectually. This produces functional and aesthetic outcomes, each carrying with it our biases and convictions. Michelle will reflect how Snohetta's transdisciplinary approach, along with her personal explorations, has shaped her perspective as a designer and leader within an international practice.
By delving into the design of the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon, she will offer her perspective about designing post-industrial landscapes; inspired by a vision to reveal the beauty and the history embodied in this place while advancing the interplay between architecture and landscape. Ultimately, the design of the Riverwalk manifests through many means; imaginative reuse and protection of existing elements, removal of key obstructions, enhanced habitat, and strategic additions. This perspective encourages generosity, offers inspiration, and embodies rational functionality within the constructed environment.
Michelle Delk is a Partner, Landscape Architect and ASLA Discipline Director with Snohetta, an architecture and design firm that has garnered international acclaim for their highly collaborative approach to design. Their multitude of projects around the world include the Bibilioteca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Calgary's New Central Library and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, NYC.