Codesigning a workshop garden
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In: Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Hines, Sarah J.; Maddox, David, eds. Green readiness, response, and recovery: A collaborative synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-185. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 58-73.
Rather than being abandoned, a waterfront garden was upgraded and expanded after Hurricane Sandy damaged much of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York City in 2012. While the garden transformation was undertaken by the landscape architecture practice Till Design, and coordinated by a larger team called Landscapes of Resilience, the role of the gardeners is equally important to bring forward. We are a landscape architect and educator (Marshall, principal of Till Design) and a project coordinator and urbanist (Reynolds) and we participated with gardeners during a recovery process following Hurricane Sandy. In this chapter we show that the upgrading and expansion of the garden can best be seen as emerging from the situated efforts of the gardeners. The garden is located at Beach 41st Houses, which is a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complex built in 1973 and it is now home to approximately 1,700 people. The Houses are part of Edgemere, a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula. Notably, the Houses are located on the low lying Jamaica Bay side of the peninsula. They are not alongside the iconic boardwalk that characterizes the Atlantic Ocean, which was more urgently renovated with dunes as a recovery and resiliency measure after Hurricane Sandy.
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Marshall, Victoria; Reynolds, Renae. 2019. Codesigning a workshop garden. In: Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Hines, Sarah J.; Maddox, David, eds. Green readiness, response, and recovery: A collaborative synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-185. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 58-73. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-P-185-paper4.