RISD-led team named “National Parks Now” Competition finalist
An interdisciplinary design team led by RISD faculty and alumni was selected by Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service as a finalist in the National Parks Now competition.
The team, composed of Aaron Forrest (Assistant Professor, Architecture) and Yasmin Vobis (www.ultramoderne.net), Suzanne Mathew (Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture), video artist Noah Klersfeld (B.Arch, 1996, www.noahklersfeld.com), graphic designer Dungjai Pungauthaikan (MFA GD, 2007, www.dungjai.com), and landscape ecologist Jessica Forrest, was selected to redesign the visitor experience at Weir Farm National Historic Site in southwestern Connecticut. They will work with graduate students in the departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, focusing on expanding site-specific contemporary art practices at the park and how these practices can inform and expand the boundaries of interpretation and visitor experience on site. They join three other teams selected from among 65 respondents to study different national parks in the Northeast region. All teams will present their designs in May 2015.
More information is available from Van Alen Institute.