Patrick Alan Miller, Ph.D., FASLA, FCELA — Professor of Landscape Architecture based in Blacksburg, Virginia and Nye , Montana

Hoover Ridge Park: Visioning a Rural Community

Project Team:
Dr. Patrick A. Miller, FASLA, FCELA Team Leader/Supervisor
Professor, Landsape Architectrue Department
Virginia Tech

Hooman Koliji, Ph.D. Student Lead Designer
Graduate Research Assistant
Landsape Architectrue Department
Virginia Tech

Dr. Suhardi Maulan. Post Doc Researcher Analysis and Report Documentation
Landsape Architectrue Department
Virginia Tech

Joshua Gulick – Undergraduate Student Planner/Designer
Landsape Architectrue Department
Virginia Tech

Archa Malhotra – Graduate Student Planner/Designer
Landsape Architectrue Department
Virginia Tech

Karishma Malu – Graduate Student Planner/Designer
Landsape Architectrue Department
Virginia Tech

Andrea Ann Smith – Undergraduate Student Planner/Designer
Landsape Architectrue Department
Virginia Tech

Huan (Joy) Yang – Graduate Student Planner/Designer

Project Statement: With many needs and limited resources the residents of Madison County found it difficult to reach consensus on the future of a large parcel of county land. They turned to a landscape architect to guide them through a visioning process that consisted of a series of community charrettes and public meetings, drawing on the heritage of the region and preservation of the rural character, while meeting a diverse set of community needs.

The landscape architects prepared a series of inventory and analysis maps and the opportunities and constraints maps for the region and for the site that were used for decision making during the charrettes. With the landscape architects as facilitators, teams of charrette participants developed 3 concept plans for the site. Each charrette team presented its concept to the entire group for discussion and feedback. Based on feedback from the charrette presentation, the landscape architects then developed a set of problems and issues that needed be resolved in a final vision for the site. The landscape architects also developed several alternative design concepts that drew upon points of agreement from the charrette but were placed in a larger vision for the future of the site. Sections and sketches were used to help visualize the alternative futures for the site.
The alternative design concepts were reviewed by the stake holder group in a second charrette and a consensus on major points was worked out. The landscape architects then prepared a draft master plan that was presented at a county wide public meeting. Public comments were collected and addressed in a final report and long term master plan that provided a more sustainable vision for the future of the site.

ForMadison County, Virginia