Headlands Center for the Arts

Shelter:
Hawk Hill Design Challenge

May 31 – June 7, 2013
Lodging available; meals included
Co-presented with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Artist Nathan Lynch (AIR ‘11)—alongside some of the Bay Area’s top designers, architects, educators, and conservationists—leads this interactive workshop to design a native species-sensitive shelter for the human visitors to Hawk Hill—the Marin Headlands’ beloved Golden Gate Bridge overlook. The resulting prototypes will feed into a formal proposal to the National Park Service for inclusion in its multi-year Hawk Hill Master Plan.

The Context

Heavily visited by hikers, bikers, tourists, bird-watchers and school groups, Hawk Hill is also an important part of the non-human ecosystem as the primary West Coast migration path for both raptors and the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly. In a recent effort to restore this habitat, invasive Monterey Cypress trees were removed, along with the shelter they provided from the hilltop’s often harsh climate.

The Challenge

Design a shelter for the site that takes into consideration: climate, current recreational and interpretive uses, protected species, and historic architecture. The resulting prototypes will feed into a formal proposal to the National Park Service for inclusion in its multi-year Hawk Hill Master Plan.

The Team

Facilitator: Artist & Educator Nathan Lynch (AIR ’11)

Guest Presenters from:

Activity Highlights

  • Guided hikes and field research
  • Presentations by guest speakers
  • Individual and group studio work
  • Prototype construction
  • Critique sessions by professionals in the field

 

 

 Co-presented with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

*Images of Hawk Hill by Aja Mujinga Sherrard