A patchwork of urban plant cultivation.
Eastwick Community Park is a project by Zachary Morgan, a student in Pennsylvania State University’s undergraduate landscape architecture program. Morgan participated in a studio entitled The Urban Arboretum: From Vacancy to Hybrid Landscape, a design course inspired by Matthew Langan’s eponymous proposal for the Urban Voids competition. The Spring 2010 studio was taught by Tim Baird with assistance from Langan, a graduate of the program.
The organizing principle for the park is a patchwork, mixing cultivated plots and pockets of native plant communities. Plant communities represented include Northern Mesic Forest and Dry-Mesic Eastern Meadow. Urban nurseries do not dominate the park as they do in other proposals from this studio; rather, tree production is just one of several functions of the landscape. Each nursery plot includes a poured-concrete swale that channels stormwater in inclement weather and attracts teenagers as a skate ramp the rest of the time.
Urban Arboretum: From Vacancy to Hybrid Landscape. Landscape Architecture 414. The Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture, Spring 2010.
- Pennsylvania State University Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program University Park, PA