SYRCL, TNF, and UC Davis Site Planning and Design Studio Tour Van Norden Meadow

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On January 18, 2024, under clear skies and atop fresh snow, Tahoe National Forest and SYRCL staff introduced Van Norden Meadow (Yayalu Idteh in Washoe) to a class of third year UC Davis students studying landscape architecture. Tasked with designing a trailhead with viewing platforms and other visitor accommodations, this UC Davis class is learning how to apply place-making and problem-solving skills to a physical site while considering the complexities of field analysis, site planning, and programming.

Figure 1 Alecia Weisman, Watershed Science Director at SYRCL, speaks to a UC Davis Landscape Architecture class about the history and current restoration project at Van Norden Meadow.

Students were introduced to some of the social and environmental conditions that will inform their designs, such as the cultural importance and sensitivity to the Washoe Tribe, the wet nature of the meadow, the dynamic weather conditions throughout the year, and the planning process that is required on federal lands.

Students asked thoughtful questions regarding user groups, material constraints, and placement preferences for structures. We look forward to seeing their final site designs and are grateful to be able to share this special place with the next generation of landscape architects.

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One Comment

  1. Keith Brantley says:

    Is that Alecia Weisman with her hand raised / leading the crowd?

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