The Return of 10,000 Suns
Landscape Architecture Critic Adam E. Anderson MLA 12 transformed a vacant urban lot in Providence into a place of beauty and respite.
Landscape Architecture Critic Adam E. Anderson MLA 12 has once again transformed a vacant urban lot on the southern edge of RISD’s campus into a glorious dreamscape. Building on the success of Ten Thousand Suns 2016, he raised more than $6,000 via a spring Kickstarter campaign to buy sunflower seeds, compost and the materials needed to create a temporary irrigation system.
Planting and tending the garden was a four-month labor of love Anderson led with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers, including students, local artists and neighborhood residents. In addition to creating a welcoming space where people can connect with nature, the sunflowers remove toxins from the soil, which until recently was directly beneath the I-195 highway overpass.
“Seeing people find joy in a simple flower… and helping to cultivate the idea evoked a new appreciation for what the urban landscape in Providence can be,” says Anderson. “It raised our expectations for quality, site-sensitive development that will one day be built on this land.”
As part of DESIGN WEEK RI, Anderson is leading a talk about the project among the flowers this Sunday, September 17, at 5:30 pm.
Students in Landscape Architecture and Sculpture joined an interdisciplinary team of designers and scientists to install sculptural reefs along a waterway at India Point Park in Providence.
Architects, designers, researchers and policy makers discuss strategies for initiating change and rethinking America’s unhealthiest neighborhoods.
New Landscape Architecture graduates Michelle Jordan MLA 14, Andrew Jacobs MLA 14 and Spike Meatyard MLA 14 presented a series of case studies on urban and coastal park design at Providence’s Save the Bay headquarters in early June.