Freshkills Park Series: Planning and Designing the Park

NYC Parks
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Taught by Mariel Villere

Mariel Villere is the Manager for Programs , Arts and Grants at Freshkills Park. Prior to joining NYC Parks in January 2014, she worked at the intersection of architecture, art and urban studies as a researcher and designer. She earned her Masters of Architecture Studies in the History, Theory & Criticism of Architecture and Art from MIT in June 2013, where she also acted as Director of Exhibitions and Publications for the Department of Architecture.

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The ongoing development of Freshkills Park is one of the most ambitious public works projects in the history of New York City, using state of the art ecological restoration techniques in an extraordinary setting for recreation, public art, and environmental investigation.

The 2,200-acres of low-lying marsh, grassland, wetlands and former landfill will be incrementally built out based on the 2006 Draft Master Plan designed by James Corner Field Operations.

Learn about the planning process and conceptual design that NYC Parks is making a reality in this talk by Freshkills Park Manager for Programs, Arts and Grants, Mariel Villere. 


This is the second talk in a series detailing the development of Freshkills Park in Staten Island.

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