Re-membering Nature

  • Gentle slope
  • Seated areas
  • Winding path
  • Surrounded by flora
  • Ecokiosk
  • Community calendar

For our space we wanted to evoke the memory of humankind’s deep kinship with the world around us, focusing on a design that presents several different spaces, both small and large, that invite people into our sacred grove and a communal relationship with nature. First, we graded the site to have a gentle slope from front to back, with a slight elevation lift at the focus point. In order to foster a deeper experience within the space we provided a pathway that meanders its way through the larger trees as it mimics the flow of water through the forest towards a gathering place filled with diverse plant life that acts as a microcosm of humanity’s intrinsic connection to our world. As you walk the path, seating areas constructed of concrete reclaimed from the previous space emerge from the ground, culminating in shaded benches. Surrounded by a mix of native flowers, shrubs, and grasses, this space could accommodate a variety of gatherings from large congregational worship to intimate solitary contemplation. Spread around the outside are a series of eco-kiosks that can be used to house bird/bat houses or bee hives as well as art installations or even educational materials, which can strengthen the ecological knowledge of those who journey through our grove. Built into our design is also a community-based care calendar, allowing for different groups of area people to enrich the very space they cherish. Using a grounded approach towards emotional engagement and subtle, flowing design elements, we hope to foster a renewed appreciation and regard for our pale blue dot.


Team members:
Christopher Trousdale, Adam Quinn, and Elliot Boyle