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Designer, activist, academic,
and author of Lo—TEK,
Design by Radical Indigenism.
A leading expert of Lo—TEK nature-based technologies for climate-resilience.
Her eponymously named studio brings creative and conceptual, interdisciplinary thinking to urban projects and corporate clients interested in systemic and sustainable change. Julia regularly teaches urban design at Harvard and Columbia University.
Beaverkill Covered Bridge
Date: 2015 - 2016
Location: Roscoe, NY
Project Team: Julia Watson + NYS Department of Environmental Conservation + 40 Local Residents + Green Shield Ecology + VJ Cost Estimating
Client: Open Space Institute
Julia was the cultural landscape expert and interpretive designer on the historic restoration of the Covered Bridge Landing at Beaverkill Campground, one of the oldest state campgrounds in the Catskills and, indeed, New York State.
It is located in the heart of the Beaverkill Valley, a renowned trout fishing destination that has been delighting anglers since the 19th Century. While several New York State Departments undertook a major restoration of the Beaverkill Covered Bridge, the landscape team was brought together to develop a conceptual historic restoration and interpretive plan. This plan highlights the four themes: the industrial/commercial history of the Landing; trout fishing on the Beaverkill; the Civilian Conservation Corps; and the conservation work of the Open Space Institute and its partners.
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