Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Studio and Student Research and Creative Activity

Publication Date

Fall 2014


Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning ~ Masters of Landscape Architecture Studio LA 607: Landscape Planning

Greening Worcester: Planning and Designing Green Infrastructure Networks for Habitat, Recreation, and Landscape Interpretation:


Robert L. Ryan, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning


This graduate studio focused on the creating green infrastructure networks in Worcester, Massachusetts which is the second most populated city in Massachusetts. The studio worked in conjunction with the EcoTarium, an innovative science museum in Worcester in order to link the City’s rich cultural, historic, and academic resources across a densely populated urban region; and expand opportunities for local residents to learn about urban ecology in their own neighborhoods. The studio project builds on the City’s open space plan goals by planning improved access to water resources, increased connectivity between existing parks and open space, and safer bicycle and pedestrian connections. The project also strives to improve water quality in the Blackstone River and reduce stormwater runoff by a series of green infrastructure improvements throughout the City. Finally, the project addresses the existing wayfinding challenges in Worcester to help visitors and local residents alike access the City’s historical, cultural, and natural resources.