Project: Waller Creek
Van Valkenburgh, Michael
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
The existing Waller Creek landscape comprises a mix of odd bits of abandoned utilities, new super-scaled infrastructure, moments of fragile natural beauty, and eroded earthen banks. The Waller Creek corridor is also a series of intensely urban spaces punctuated by municipal street crossings and unique infrastructural and landscape circumstances at every block. At the time of the Framework Plan, the study area of the creek also intersected two existing, albeit underutilized, parks: Waterloo Park to the north and Palm Park downstream. The presence of these existing nodes, along with the potential of activating underutilized areas around the creek, informed the central propositions of the Framework Plan. This integrated nature-machine system reflects an evolving global narrative of how development of cities and promotion of natural systems are necessarily intertwined. The Waller Creek project recognizes the critical role of landscape architecture as a nexus for spatial, ecological, and cultural planning.