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Conservation Design & the Saugatuck Dunes - Friday, February 17th, 6PM
Posted: Feb 13, 2017

The Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance announces a presentation and reception on Conservation Design in the Saugatuck Dunes on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts at 6:00pm. The evening will feature a presentation by renowned conservation designer Richard Shaw, founder of Design Workshop, on how his firm has approached design on sensitive landscapes while seeking balanced solutions for development, ecological integrity, historic sites, community values, and regional economics.

The presentation will be followed by a reception with food from Farm House Deli and libations; the evening is free to the public. Due to space limitations, a RSVP is required by February 10 to gmail. or by calling 269-857-3574.

For four decades Design Workshop has provided landscape architecture, urban design and strategic services to clients in North America and throughout the world. They are currently leading the team responsible for resigning Grand Rapid’s Calder Plaza in anticipation of its 50th anniversary in 2019. Design Workshop was chosen by the City of Grand Rapids and Kent County following an international invitation to design teams to reimagine this civic plaza. Design Workshop is also preparing a Comprehensive Neighborhood Revitalization and Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan for the City of Detroit with a focus on the Northwest area. Design Workshop is well-known for their work creating balanced-development solutions on James Island and Amaya Preserve.

When asked about the event, David Swan, President of the Coastal Alliance, explained, “There has been a 35-year effort to protect the Saugatuck Dunes by expanding Saugatuck Dunes State Park. This effort is written into our community values, it is part of our regional economics, it has the endorsements of Governor Milliken, Mayor Heartwell, Representative Hoekstra, Senator Levin, Hope College, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and pretty much every civic group and neighborhood association in Saugatuck. Our community has invested tens of millions of dollars in the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, Tallmadge Woods and Saugatuck Dunes State Park. As we’ve said to Cottage Home, ‘If you are going to develop the Wild Heart of Saugatuck, surrounded by all these publicly-funded natural areas, then let’s make sure you get it right.’ That’s why we want to begin with the history of the land and then have Richard Shaw, an internationally renowned conservation designer, talk about how he approaches a balanced design within a cultural landscape like the Saugatuck Dunes. This is a great opportunity for Jeff and Peg Padnos, and Cottage Home to get another perspective on how to balance development with community values, ecological integrity, and significant historic sites.”
The Coastal Alliance was formed in 2007 to proactively support the goals and policies of the Tri-Community Master Plan. In the past ten years they were embattled in a federal lawsuit filed by the late Aubrey McClendon to overturn locally-determined zoning, advocated for the Saugatuck Dunes to be
named One of America’s Eleven Most Endangered Places by the National Trust, led an effort that saw over 2,000 letters sent to the DEQ, and most recently were part of a private/public partnership that bid on the former McClendon property.

Richard Shaw, a nationally recognized leader in conservation design and landscape architecture, is one of the founders of Design Workshop. Shaw is an alumni of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he was awarded the Jacob Weidenman Traveling Fellowship. His work in both small-scale residential garden design and large-scale resort redevelopment, planning and design has garnered many awards and commendations. Richard is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and has served with both the Landscape Architecture Foundation and the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a registered landscape architect and LEED®-certified designer. In 2009 he was the recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architects Design Medal, and in 2012 the American Horticultural Society (AHS) presented him with its Landscape Design Award at the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony.

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