This project consolidated the results of the Pine Street Corridor and Watershed Design Charrette into large format drawings, videos and other functional visual materials that could be further shared in the community. The two-day charrette used a Sim Van der Ryn quote to set the stage for discussion: “Ecological design begins with the intimate
knowledge of a particular place. Therefore, it is small-scale and direct, responsive to both local conditions and local people. If we are sensitive to the nuances of place, we can inhabit without destroying.” Participants looked at the South End holistically, layering the complexities and uses of the area with water and natural areas to inform design. Diane Gayer’s community work weaves together in many forms: as a teacher at the University of Vermont, as a director for the Vermont Design Institute, and as an Architect, Community Planner, and Environmental Designer at Diane Elliott Gayer and Associates on Pine Street.