Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2016 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Penn State Urban Landscape Design Studio, Baltimore, 2016
Gorenflo, Larry
Co-Authors: Natalie Harper, Kimberly Kassinger, Emily Larkin, Jessica Owens, Hannah Thomas, and L.J. Gorenflo

Abstract: Beginning in 2012, the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State University has offered an upper-level urban design studio focused on Baltimore, inspired by the research on urban ecology conducted by the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES). This Spring Semester studio seeks to expose students to real-world urban design problems in a shrinking city where ecological issues are particularly well understood and where opportunities are many due to the large amount of vacant land and housing units present. Every year, it works with partners in Baltimore, most recently with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and the Parks & People Foundation, that assign areas of high priority in need of design solutions. In the spring of 2016, the Baltimore Studio focused on two areas: Watershed 263 and the Central Park Heights neighborhood. This poster presentation consists of final projects from five Penn State students who participated in that studio: Natalie Harper, Kimberly Kassinger, Emily Larkin, Jessica Owens, and Hannah Thomas. Inspired by ecological issues studied by the BES, and in some cases using data generated by the BES, these designs address issues of improving water quality, restoring natural habitat, and reintroducing ecological connectivity in a manner that improves the landscapes where people live and work.