On the occasion of Michael McCall’s death I reflect on his signature achievements in Columbia, Maryland.
The Inner Arbor Trust is revising its plans for Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods to reflect new realities.
OPUS Merriweather 2018 repeated the success of last year and improved upon it.
I have some final thoughts after completing my series on the Chrysalis and the background to its creation.
A timeline of significant events in the history of the Chrysalis and its surroundings, from 1962 to the present, with references.
Getting the details right on the Chrysalis, featuring Living Design Lab and Mahan Rykiel Associates.
Now that construction of the Chrysalis is complete, what are the next steps to fulfill the vision of Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods?
I discuss how the Chrysalis and Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods can attract visitors, based on research conducted by Integrated Insight.
I present more details on the Chrysalis foundation/basement or “subfloor” and related construction, featuring the work of Whiting-Turner.
I explain how the skin of the Chrysalis was fabricated and installed by A. Zahner Company.
I explore the steel frame underlying the skin of the Chrysalis, as designed by the structural engineering group of Arup.
I discuss how the Chrysalis will function as a professional stage, as designed by the theater consulting group of Arup.
I explore the design of the Chrysalis and the work of Marc Fornes, its designer.
I discuss the various institutional activities related to implementation of the Inner Arbor plan
I explore the vision for a new park in Symphony Woods and the strategy to implement it
I recap the history of Symphony Woods and the various attempts over the years to develop it as a park.
In this series I explore the conception and construction of the Chrysalis amphitheater and Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.
As construction of the Chrysalis amphitheater begins, I look again at the structure and its architect.
I testify in support of the plan for Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods and the Planning Board approves it (note that correlation is not causation).
Dear Planning Board, I support SDP-14-073, the site development plan for Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, and you should too. (signed) Frank
What I planned to tell the CA board about the Inner Arbor plan.
Yet another indication that the Inner Arbor Trust did a good job of selecting its design team.
I lay out some thoughts on how best to promote the Inner Arbor plan for Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.
There is a “silent supermajority” in Columbia in favor of the Inner Arbor plan for Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.
Guess what? Ordinary people in Columbia and Howard County like the Inner Arbor plan for Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.
If you really want to “save Symphony Woods” then the Inner Arbor plan is the best one on offer.
Would the Cy Paumier plan “save Symphony Woods”? I don’t think so.
I take an in-depth look at the details (such as they are) of the Cy Paumier plan for Symphony Woods.
How overreach by GGP and blowback from CA led to Cy Paumier’s plan for Symphony Woods.
I take a lonely walk through Symphony Woods in order to get a feel for what it is and might be.
Some semi-random thoughts about Symphony Woods and the controversy over its future.
Why is the controversy over Symphony Woods so heated? Because at least in part it’s about questions of “sanctity” and “violation”.
How parking is handled at Jiffy Lube Live and other venues comparable to Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Merriweather Post Pavilion will continue to be a centerpiece of downtown Columbia. But where are Merriweather visitors going to park?
Is Symphony Woods really an untouched (and by implication untouchable) piece of natural woodlands? I think not.
You already know that I like the Inner Arbor plan. Now you know that the Howard County Design Advisory Panel like it too.
This post continues my ongoing series on the evolution of the Inner Arbor plan, this time looking at the Chrysalis amphitheatre.
In this post in my ongoing Inner Arbor series I look at revisions to previously-proposed designs.
Metamorphosis produces the Butterfly, as I conclude my comments on the features of the Inner Arbor plan as presented at the pre-submission meeting on Decembe...
After the Caterpillar comes the Chrysalis, as I continue my comments on the Inner Arbor plan. For context and more information see other posts in this series...
I now turn to the most prominent features in the Inner Arbor plan, starting with the Caterpillar. For context and more information see other posts in this se...
Today I focus on the Picnic Table and the Lily Pads as I continue my look at structures and other features proposed as part of the Inner Arbor plan. For more...
Today I look at the proposed structures and other features proposed for Symphony Woods as part of the Inner Arbor plan presented at the pre-submission meetin...
After reviewing concerns expressed about the Inner Arbor plan, it’s now time to take a closer look at the proposed design. Andrew Metcalf has done a great br...
Last Tuesday night the Inner Arbor Trust revealed a clearer picture of what’s they’re proposing for downtown Columbia. I attended the pre-submission meeting,...