Landscape architect 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, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and New York City. The built projects are detailed in the book, Nelson Byrd Woltz: Garden, Park, Community, Farm.
These designs for urban parks 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. As the firm’s principal, now 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.
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