Author Archives: Melissa Elliott

the future of this space …

I began this blog in Fall 2010 as I developed my thesis for University of Virginia’s Master of Landscape Architecture program.  I completed my project in May 2011, and as you may notice, the posts have slowed down considerably since … Continue reading

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bosquet

A bosquet at the southern edge of the site serves as an introduction to the Pruitt-Igoe landscape. The palette consists of a mix of ornamental plants and plants occurring spontaneously on the site.  While the forms of the species vary … Continue reading

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phased plans

The Pruitt-Igoe forest is a result of both cultural and ecological processes.  This project proposes a phased adaptation of the site.  In the first phase, small areas of the forest are cleared for the construction of gabion mattresses.  As these … Continue reading

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re-imagining pruitt-igoe

This project has sought to position Pruitt-Igoe as an alternative to the Gateway Arch: an alternative history of St. Louis, as well as an alternative ecology.  This final design proposal re-imagines Pruitt-Igoe as a site of urban memory: both cultural … Continue reading

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final presentation: may 11

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proposals for pruitt-igoe

Over the past few weeks, I have focused on developing an approach to the Pruitt-Igoe site that deals not only with program – but that reveals site history: Pruitt-Igoe, demolition, revegetation.  In this post I will describe the four strategies … Continue reading

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programming

I’ve been working over the last week to get beyond vegetation strategies and into the human experience of the site – ways in which the site is scaled to the body, or in which the processes of vacancy and regrowth … Continue reading

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