Landscape Architecture

Posted April 28, 2017
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    Three intersecting systems of Boston’s public realm — city streets, street trees, and leaking underground methane — whose interactions Pevzner’s project will explore.

Nicholas Pevzner awarded Fellowship in Landscape Studies

Landscape Architecture Lecturer Nicholas Pevzner was awarded the 2017 Maeder-York Family Fellowship in Landscape Studies for his proposal Thick City Energy Landscape by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, and will be in residence at the Museum for June and July, 2017.

 “Pevzner’s project will highlight and visualize the buried infrastructure of the city, along with the global warming impact of its leaking methane, as a critical site for redesigning and reimagining a dramatic swath of public realm,” said Charles Waldheim (AMrch‘89), Ruettgers Curator of Landscape at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

In addition to his full-time lecturer status, Pevzner is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Scenario Journal, an online publication devoted to showcasing and facilitating the emerging interdisciplinary conversations between landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, and ecology. 

“The streets constitute one of the largest contiguous expanses of a city’s public realm, shaping neighborhood perception and offering an extensive site for landscape agency,” Pevzner said. “But the links between natural gas infrastructure, climate change, tree mortality, and effects to the health and quality of the public realm have been under-explored. The support and resources that the Maeder-York Family Fellowship offers will be invaluable as I explore the intersection of these urban and ecological systems, tracing the spatial manifestation of energy infrastructure and its imprint on urban form and public realm.”

The Maeder-York Family Fellowship in Landscape Studies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was created in 2012 to recognize emerging design talent across disciplines dealing with landscape, and support experimentation, research, and achievement in design through landscape. In addition, with each selection the committee aims to identify work embodying landscape as a medium of design for the public realm and to grow disciplinary and professional capacity within landscape architecture.

Applications were received from around the world and were reviewed by a fellowship jury led by Charles Waldheim including: Alan Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Anita Berrizbeitia, Harvard University; Julia Czerniak, Syracuse University; Elizabeth Meyer, University of Virginia; Alissa North, University of Toronto; Kelly Shannon, University of Southern California; and Richard Weller, University of Pennsylvania.