The Cherokee Garden Library, a Library of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center, hosts acclaimed landscape architect Thomas Woltz for a presentation on the critical importance of sustainable design for our city and our world on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The 7:00 pm talk is presented as part of the Ashley Wright McIntyre Lecture Series.
Thomas Woltz, whose current projects include the proposed Buckhead Park over GA 400, will share his contemporary vision for sustainable design, represented in examples of the built projects of his firm Nelson Byrd Woltz. As principal of NBW, a 45-person firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and New York City, Woltz has infused narratives of the land into the places where people live, work, and play, deepening the public’s enjoyment of the natural world and inspiring environmental stewardship. These projects, both conceptual and realized, are detailed in the book, Nelson Byrd Woltz: Garden, Park, Community, Farm.
These designs for urban parks, including Memorial Park in Houston; Hudson Yards in New York City; NoMA Green in Washington, D.C.; Devonian Botanic Garden in Alberta, Canada; and Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee, are representative of NBW’s award-winning landscape architecture, noted for combining sheer beauty with ecologically regenerative design. The firm’s innovative design methods have brought ecosystems back to life—restored meadows, streams, woodlands, and ponds in urban and rural settings—and cultivated connections between sites and their complex regional environments.
NBW’s approach is influenced by Woltz’s experience growing up on a working farm in Mount Airy, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. He joined NBW in 1997, first working on ecological restoration of farmland. Now as the firm’s principal, he is applying to urban settings much of what he learned from rural projects about soil, ecosystems, and the historical and cultural use of land.
Proposed by the Buckhead Community Improvement District, the Park over GA 400’s ambition is to physically reconnect the Buckhead neighborhood that had been fragmented by the freeway; provide much-needed park space, and integrate the MARTA line with bicycle and pedestrian connections to the neighborhood. Envisioned as a series of bridges rather than a consistent cap over the 9-acre space, the three distinct park spaces would be connected by a strong central allée of high canopied pines that link to adjacent neighborhood tree canopies.
Fast Company recently named Woltz one of the most creative people in business for 2017. Watch Woltz on TEDx Charlottesville: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VlY-3V63yI#action=share
After the lecture, the audience is invited to a book signing and reception.
Ticket price is $25. For tickets, visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures. For more information, please call 404.814.4150. Lecture ticket purchases are nonrefundable.
Support: The Ashley Wright McIntyre Lectures are made possible with generous funding from the Ashley Wright McIntyre Education and Programming Fund, part of the Cherokee Garden Library Endowment.