Publication Date

5-2014

Committee Members

Michael Davidsohn, Chair - Mark Lindhult, Member

Abstract

Brownfield sites are a major problem in our urban areas that create hazardous environmental conditions, health risks and have been linked to lowered neighboring property values and crime. This project will focus on a contaminated site, located in a rural setting, and designing a reuse strategy fitting for local vernacular and the community as a whole. This site is important to the community because of the huge impact it currently has such as contaminated groundwater and soils, lowering property values, and is a blighted property. By revitalizing the 39 acre waterfront site in Waldoboro, Maine these impacts can be reversed and can be viewed as an asset to the community not a hazard. The goal of this project is to develop a community revitalization plan that incorporates remediation practices, includes visual education for the community, and complete reuse strategy for the site to revitalize the community. Brownfields are justifiable projects due to their threat to the environment and misuse of valuable land. These sites provide a prime location to apply artistic and scientific principles as is the definition of landscape architecture and revitalize built environments which were previously unsafe and even hazardous to human health and well-being.

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