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the oak bluffs plant palette by esfdla
October 28, 2010, 9:25 am
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

The Oak Bluffs plant palette is anchored in herbaceous boarder gardens.  Small lot sizes limit garden beds to surrounding porches, walks, and lot lines.  Compared to the Edgartown plant palette, the gardens of Oak Bluffs take a free form approach and use color throughout planting schemes instead of  reserving the use of color for accent as seen in Edgartown.  The bold color selections of the plant material reflect the multitude of color combinations of the architectural detailing of homes in the area.

Enjoy,

Tim



selections of work in progress by esfdla
October 27, 2010, 10:27 am
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010


The four images above are pieces from the study of character areas my colleague and I are conducting focused on the defining characteristics of different communities on the island.  We have developed a list of best practices for each area of study based on a synthesis of our observations and zoning regulations.  The labeling system cross-references our full recommendation list as well as our analysis spreadsheets.  We are expecting to create best practice recommendation documents for eight character areas on the island before our internship comes to an end.  The final products will be kept in the Martha’s Vineyard Commission office and distributed to town libraries so they are available to the public.

Cheers,

Tim



cool sounds, nice pictures, and a wonderful city – Copenhagen X by esfdla
October 26, 2010, 9:09 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

The video above was produced by Copenhagen X, a division of the Dansk Arkitektur Center that opens people’s eyes to new architecture and development in the city.  While studying abroad in Copenhagen last summer I came across many exciting development projects that bring in new ideas while acknowledging the historical architecture of the past.  I continue to encounter products of Danish design including the iconic egg chair and artichoke lamp, Bodum french presses, and Carlsberg beer throughout my adventures.  Denmark really is a country that lives much larger than its geographical boundaries.

Enjoy,

Tim



Sassafras – A Small Species With a Huge Influence by esfdla
October 25, 2010, 9:14 am
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

The abundance of Sassafras on Martha’s Vineyard led to the settlement of the island.  At the time the species was of high value because it was thought to be the cure for syphilis.  The bark and roots of this understory deciduous tree are food for the ecosystem, and are also a host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail.  This pioneer species can be found in Martha’s Vineyard and in the native east coast in forests, fields, and along roadsides.

Until next time,

Tim



The Edgartown Plant Palette by esfdla
October 19, 2010, 12:43 pm
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

The video below is a collection of images of plant material I have gathered from Edgartown on the island.  Edgartown is one of the more horticulturally significant areas on the island, and the yards in the historic district follow a distinct pattern.  The gardens are anchored with a solid evergreen base.  The needles add texture to the composition, and contrast against the predominately white buildings.  Bright annuals are used for accents of color, and other plant species with variegation or white blooms act as a moderator.  Check out the short video below to get a better understanding of the plant palette in Edgartown.

Live well and be well,

Tim

 



Trashed on Martha’s Vineyard by esfdla
October 18, 2010, 10:16 am
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

For most of the population on the island, disposing of waste in the proper manner is second nature.  Martha’s Vineyard is continually working to improve and restore environmental health across the island, and the improper dumping of waste is a direct obstacle to restoration efforts.  When exploring the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard and beyond use common sense and dispose of trash responsibly.

Until next time,

Tim



Decapitated, Blown Up, Painted, and Shipped to China…All in a Day’s Work! by esfdla
October 18, 2010, 9:08 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

In relation to the previous post about small icons of monumental influence, The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) of Copenhagen, Denmark has been famously defaced many times.  The acts of vandalism in almost every case have been related to a political or social agenda.  Defacing this small statue, less than 5 feet in height, has become  a popular attention attracting method of expression on a global level.  To view some of the mermaid’s most memorable moments of vandalism, please CLICK HERE.