TCLF’s latest conference, Leading with Landscape IV: Transforming North Carolina’s Research Triangle, was held on April 13, 2018, at the James B. Hunt, Jr., Library at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Topics explored include the regionally unique coupling of human and natural systems, how the area’s campus landscapes are serving as “incubators” for innovative planning and design solutions, new projects that are re-evaluating the region’s monuments and memorials, two revered public landscapes—Moore Square and Dix Park—and much more. To learn more about the conference: https://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/raleigh2018/index.html
Panelist – Panel I: The Research Triangle’s Emerging Urban Public Realm: Campus Landscapes Lead by Example as Incubators and Laboratories for Fresh Ideas and Approaches
The North Carolina Museum of Art’s 164-acre campus has been a 25-year experiment in organic planning and intentional design. Its transformation from a state prison into a destination for art and culture has forever changed the character and identity of the museum. Access to the Museum Park’s landscape has expanded community participation in the life of the museum and expanded its curatorial/cultural role into the public realm.
The Museum campus’ development has been opportunistic: taking possession of the highly degraded Polk Youth Detention site; taking advantage of the state DOT’s desire to build a greenway; capitalizing on community and donor interest in land preservation, art and nature. Principals of sustainable environmental design, museum programs and a curatorial approach guided the campus’ development – collaborating with talents including Nicholas Quennell and Barbara Kruger, Thomas Phifer and Walter Havener, and Mark Johnson.
The 2016 Civitas designed landscape unified the Park, giving it cohesion to support the goal of public participation in a diversity of forms. It connected “Gallery” and “Park” perceptions while supporting engagement with art in the landscape. Its design completes campus connections in two directions: from formal to informal, and urban to pastoral.
The presentation will explore how a museum, nature, and the designed landscape can expand the meaning of both museum and nature, engage new people, and satisfy a range of needs. The adaptable landscape supports experiences with art, environmental restoration, social and recreational programs, and collaboration shaping the economic development of its neighborhood.