Malden River Design Forum

Malden, MA, December 14, 2011 - Dozens of residents packed the Lower Gallery of the Malden Public Library to view and discuss new visions for the Malden River, as part of the first ever "Malden River Design Forum." The event was hosted by Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP), as part of its Mystic River Watershed Environmental Justice Initiative, along with partners: the Mystic River Watershed Association, the Boston Architectural College, the Malden Public Library, and the Malden Redevelopment Authority.

Students from the Boston Architectural College displayed their architectural and landscape designs for the Malden River corridor, which they developed as part of the semester-long course, Natural Systems Studio. Natural Systems Studio was co-taught by Juli Riemenschneider, Kevin Benham, and Shaun O'Rourke. The studio focused on reinvigorating the relationship of the Malden River and the community. Students were asked to consider the culture, social structure, history, and natural systems surrounding the Malden River and to speculate on a proposal to tie the river back into the fabric of the community. The students responded to this charge with a wide range of theoretical projects that seek to reinvigorate the relationship of the river and the community.

To view selected work from the Malden River Design Forum, click on the links below: