This past January, Craig Cawrse, CEO & Principal Landscape Architect of Cawrse & Associates teamed up with Mark Hershberger, Principal Landscape Architect of Hershberger Design and Virginia Burt, Principal Landscape Architect of Virginia Burt Designs to enter an international design competition hosted by The Yellowstone Park Foundation.
The project brief asked contestants to take a fresh look at the unsafe and inaccessible North and South Rim overlooks of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park. Our team proposed an integrated design approach that encompassed both the environmental and historical context of the site that would be inviting for all people of all ages. A "Less is More" approach to the design allowed the team to capitalize on Yellowstone's rustic style, complimenting the beauty of the site while creating a safe environment where one could engage with the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Goals of the overall project were to provide a low maintenance, sustainable and contextually appropriate design that had minimal impact on the environment while remaining accessible to all. The projects innovative use of signage and historic materials gave place making a new meaning, exploiting some of Yellowstone's most stunning views.