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Point of View for About Sturgeon Bay June 5-12, 2016. Landscape installation of found objects, wood, steel, monotype prints, created by Nancy Aten and Dan Collins. "A cache of old boards found at the Habitat ReStore in Sturgeon Bay might be a remnant of a old deck used with gatherings of family and friends; or a remnant of an older cedar forest sheltering trilling birds; or it might be something else. Like so much in Sturgeon Bay, it depends on your point of view. As for point of view... that's your way of seeing something, which is usually affected by what you know or learn about it. So keep sifting and winnowing".

About Sturgeon Bay 2016
About Sturgeon Bay 2016
About Sturgeon Bay 2016
About Sturgeon Bay 2016
About Sturgeon Bay 2016
About Sturgeon Bay 2016

Imprinted Paleolithic for About Sturgeon Bay June 7-13, 2015. "...Each artist has created a piece about Sturgeon Bay, concerning its future, past or present as a link to the vision of how we redefine our city as it transitions to a new paradigm..." (Stephanie Trenchard). Landscape installation of wood, steel, glass and plants, created by Nancy Aten and Dan Collins. "Imprinted Paleolithic reflects both our human constructed and primeval natural environs in Sturgeon Bay - the forested escarpment, the sunny cuesta, and structures and tools used by generations in Sturgeon Bay to imprint the natural world".

Imprinted Paleolithic
Before (April)
Imprinted Paleolithic
After (June)
Imprinted Paleolithic
Imprinted Paleolithic
Imprinted Paleolithic
Imprinted Paleolithic

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ASLA Year of Public Service

Landscapes of Place projects are among the profession's pro bono work publicized by the American Society of Landscape Architects in the 2013 Year of Public Service.

Caterpillar

Check out this really great Doug Tallamy article, The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening.

Free Native Trees

Nice essay about a way of thinking: Start Anywhere, Follow it Everywhere  

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Communal Rainwater: Water community gardens with neighborhood’s excess rainfall, using existing collection infrastructureMarch 2013 / N. Aten (idea brainstormed with G. Mead, B. Yahola, K. Sands, D. Collins, and others; inspired by the Milwaukee Water Commons)

The goal: Keep rainfall runoff in the neighborhood and use it for community food production.  An underlying desire for community gardens, for both economy and ecology of water, is the use of buffered (stored) rainwater rather than potable city water.  Coupled with this is a challenge of scale: matching communal food production for the neighborhood with communal inputs of rainwater and energy from the neighborhood.  A vacant lot in a neighborhood can provide the space to produce the desired scale of food production; but the land does not itself have the ability to collect enough excess rainwater to supply the garden’s needs.  The key idea: A system that collects excess rainwater at neighborhood scale already exists, in underground storm sewer pipes (in separated sewer areas).  Can we tap into this, the underground storm-sewer sub-watershed for the neighborhood, to water the communal neighborhood food gardens?  (for more, contact us).

 

Communal Rainwater

Imagining Natural History: Image series, exploring ways of seeing places and possibilities. 

   

Imagining Lincoln Park neighborhood, Chicago (Aten)
Imagining Lincoln Park neighborhood, Chicago (Aten)

Imagining Lincoln Park neighborhood, Chicago (Aten)
Imagining Lincoln Park neighborhood, Chicago (Aten)

Imagining Harambee neighborhood, Milwaukee (Aten)
Imagining Harambee neighborhood, Milwaukee (Aten)

Nancy at SER 2013, Madison WI (photo: David H. Thompson)
Nancy at SER 2013, Madison WI (photo: David H. Thompson)

Landscapes of Place sponsored the 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Madison, WI October 2013. We also volunteered with helping organize the conference. Part of our work was leading the Art and Ecology venture.

Ecological Restoration has long engaged the arts and artists in collaborative work meant to explore the nature/culture relationship and the participatory core of restoration work. Two projects were commissioned by us for the conference: Seed Pod, by Brenda Leigh Baker, and the SER Print Project, led by Yvette Pino. This summer, Seed Pod happily found its long-term home at Lynden in Milwaukee.

Seed Pod, Brenda Leigh Baker
Seed Pod, by Brenda Leigh Baker, at the Wisconsin State Capitol, October 2013-April 2014

   

Long-range Lakefront Planning brainstorm/charrette sessions, 2011 (photo: D. Collins)

Charrette

Leading Riveredge Nature Center environmental education staff in a charrette to consider natural playground opportunities and priorities (Nancy at left). Produced idea sketches (below) and results of spatial and priority sorting exercises (right).

Riveredge staff in charrette

Sketches

Prioritization plan

Prioritization plan

   


Leading Mequon Nature Center staff and volunteers in design charrettes for landscapes around nature center (below).

First charrette: trail connections, educational opportunities, improving wetland connections, problematic parking lot (one group's sketch, right).
Second charrette: plant community concepts and human experience (one group's sketches, right bottom).

Nature preserve staff and volunteers in charrette

Charrette concepts

Charrette concepts

   
   

Support the Urban Ecology Center's university student competition for design of the new Menomonee Valley facility, by preparing background materials, engaging in discussions and reviews, and assistance preparing project book.  

Handmade 25 awards for architecture students
Handmade 25 awards for architecture students

Imagining oak savanna

City Neighborhood and Oak Savanna

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2003 Master of Landscape Architecture thesis
Sustainability conference

How I Started a Sustainability Conference (Sustainable Design+Education)

(2.4M pdf, 3-page article)
Invited Editorial, Landscape Architecture magazine, April 2007

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