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2.2 emily milliman

GSD+ MLA I +FALL ‘10

a proposal for evans way park

uniting art and exercise


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ituated just south of the Back Bay Fens and East of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Evans Way Park is currently a small public park with a primary path running mostly north-south, and a second path, unpaved, that runs almost parallel to the primary one. The design proposal calls for a program which includes an exercise loop, sculpture circuit, food kiosk, and performance venue. By intricately weaving the spaces of these programmatic elements together, I hope to create spaces with a high level of flexibility and which would be frequently used on a day to day, month to month, and year to year lifecycle. I am also interested in bringing together people who might tend to visit either a sculpture park or the gym, and in doing so, enrich the experience of both and inspire a new type of activity. The three species I have chosen for the canopy plan are American Yellowood, White Pine, and Yoshino Cherry. The strategy for tree placement was inspired by the Pentagon Memorial design, and the diagonal grid for the trees is anchored along the two main axes of the exercise loop. At the center of the park, the circulation path is anchored by the food kiosk, and the amount of activities increases in this space. Visitors can enjoy the outside deck during yoga or other exercise classes or lounge and eat a snack from the kiosk. There are also spaces to sit and rest and enjoy the sculpture pieces that are nestled in the low vegetation. On the edges of the park, the height of the vegetation increases and the tall grasses blowing in the wind heighten the phenomenological experience of the runners and create a semi-permeable screen to view the art through.


design evolution: program, canopy and circulation studies


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People participate in an exercise class on the yoga deck while joggers run around the exercise loop. Museum visitors extend their art-viewing experience as they stroll through the park


At the edges of the park, the height of the vegetation increases and the grasses blow in the wind. Visitors run swiftly around the exercise loop, viewing glimpses of artwork as they run.

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PROPOSED TREES CK- Cladrastis kentukea [American Yellowood] PS- Piinus strobus [ Eastern White Pine] PX- Prunus xyedoensis [Yoshino Cherry]

AC- Acer campestre [Hedge Maple] AP- Acer platanoides [Norway Maple] AR- Acer rubrum [Red Maple] AS- Acer saccharum [Sugar Maple] FP- Fraxinus pennsylvanica [Green Ash] GT-Gleditsia triacanthos [Thornless Honeylocust] LS- Liquidambar styraciflua [American Sweetgum] LT- Liriodendron tulipifera [Tulip Tree] QA- Quercus alba [White Oak] QB-Quercus bicolor [Swamp White Oak] QC- Quercus coccinea [Scarlet Oak] QP- Quercus palustris [Pin Oak] QR- Quercus rubra [Red Oak TC-Tilia cordata [Littleleaf Linden] UM- Ulmus americana [American Elm]

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Pedestrians meander along tall grasses and shorter perennials towards the food kiosk and yoga deck. The woman with the guitar is headed to the outdoor performance area to perform for the children sitting there.

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fall semester studio work  

this portfolio is a compilation of drawings from my final project from my first semester of the MLA I program.

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