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UCD Partners with FHF to Preserve Riverside

UCD College of Architecture & Planning Partners with

Fairmount Heritage Foundation to Develop a Master Plan to

Preserve Historic Riverside Cemetery

The University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture & Planning Advanced Landscape Ecology Workshop, has selected Historic Riverside Cemetery as one of its project sites. Founded in 1876, without a written agreement on water rights, Riverside is Denver’s oldest operating and most unique cemetery, and was designated a National Historic District in 1994. Focus of the project will be the application of ecological concepts to landscape design, and on the role of the landscape architect in creating ecologically and socially sustainable systems.  In 2013, efforts will concentrate on the Riverside wetlands, an area rich with wildlife and native plants.

Previous projects include:

  • Overland Park Renovation; the first “habitat park” in Colorado, had lost its irrigation system and potential similar to Riverside.
  • Birding for the Blind- a wetlands education project for Bluff Lake Nature Center
  • Berthoud Pass Historic Wagon Trail – a historic, accessibly designed trail in Empire provides a challenge course for the disabled as well as others interested in the history and ecology of the area.

UCD Architecture Professor Charles Chase said “the intention is to connect students with real world design issues and organizations that can create projects but need assistance with the planning and design components as well as linking the local community to the project design and implementation wherever possible.”

The Fairmount Heritage Foundation’s Riverside Revival, an effort to establish an environmentally sustainable landscape, now in its 5th year, is greatly enhanced through this alliance. According to Fairmount Heritage Foundation Executive Director, Patricia Carmody, “the Riverside Revival is about preserving Riverside Cemetery for future generations as an educational resource–for everything from history to horticulture. This project is an example of community collaboration at its best.”

Advanced Landscape Ecology Workshop students will focus on the development and application of ecological thinking and seeing in project design and implementation.  Human ecological and social needs will provide direction with Universal Design applications and Wildland Urban Interface issues included.

UCD-Students-at-Lester-Drake-MonumentAbout UCD College of Architecture & Planning – Master of Landscape Architecture

Landscape architects articulate and design physical spaces supporting healthy, ethical relationships between people, place, and resources while enhancing the inherent qualities of that place. One hundred and fifty years ago our profession rose to meet challenges presented in a rapidly changing industrializing world. Today, pressures of globalization, unprecedented growth, loss of heritage, disconnection between people and the natural environment, and environmental degradation require our design profession to bring the art and science, and the integrity of landscape architecture to bear on issues requiring designs for environmental and cultural solutions. More about UCD College of Architecture & Planning