Graduate students from NC State’s Department of Landscape and Architecture visited UNC CSI’s facilities recently as part of a course focused on recovering landscapes. The students, under the direction of Jennifer Walker and Andrew Fox, professors at NC State University College of Design, as well as UNC CSI’s Sustainable Design Specialist, Robert McClendon, traveled by boat from the docks at CSI to the landing near Bowsertown Road, Manteo.
The group is here with a specific goal in mind. The Bowsertown Landfill, located on the western side of Roanoke Island near the town of Manteo, is inactive and has been for over 20 years when it was buried under two feet of soil back in 1991. The students are challenged with analyzing the landfill site to develop a recreational space design concept that speaks to the function and meaning of the place. Because Bowsertown is populated primarily with year-round residents, tourist amenities are non-existent. This site offers an opportunity for generating creative solutions to developing a recreational area for local youth that would include not only site amenities, like restrooms and water, but also opportunities for interpretation of local ecology, history and culture.
Students are tasked with creating a master site plan sized to scale, which they will present on utilizing drawings, illustrations and other media. Their master site plan may rely on a orthomosaic created from drone aerial images.