RISD Team to Envision “National Parks Now” for Van Alen Institute

By Carl Lostritto | Feb 22, 2015

An interdisciplinary design team led by RISD faculty and alumni was selected by Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service as a finalist in the National Parks Now competition. The team, composed of Architecture faculty Aaron Forrest and Yasmin Vobis (ultramoderne), and Landscape Architecture faculty Suzanne Mathew, video artist Noah Klersfeld (ARCH, 1996), graphic designer Dungjai Pungauthaikan (GD, 2007), and landscape ecologist Jessica Forrest, was selected to redesign the visitor experience at Weir Farm National Historic Site in southwestern Connecticut. They will focus on expanding site-specific contemporary art practices at the park and how these practices can inform and expand the boundaries of interpretation and visitor experience on site. They will join three other teams selected from among 65 respondents to study different national parks in the Northeast region.

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Left to right: Yasmin Vobis, Noah Klersfeld, Aaron Forrest, Suzanne Mathew, Dungjai Pungauthaikan, Xiomaro (Weir Farm Advisory Panel), Linda Cook (Weir Farm Superintendent)

Left to right: Yasmin Vobis, Noah Klersfeld, Aaron Forrest, Suzanne Mathew, Dungjai Pungauthaikan, Xiomaro (Weir Farm Advisory Panel), Linda Cook (Weir Farm Superintendent)

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