Hawk Hill Shelter Design Challenge

Hawk Hill Shelter Design Challenge

Headlands Center for the Arts

Image by Betsy Joyce Design.
April 15, 2013
Hawk Hill Shelter Design Challenge

Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965


A public workshop co-presented with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Registration open now
Workshop dates: May 31–June 7
Lodging available; meals included
Details at headlands.org/workshops/hawk-hill

Artist and educator Nathan Lynch—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. Functioning as a hands-on think-tank, the Workshop will contribute innovative ideas and prototypes to the National Park Services’ larger Hawk Hill restoration initiative.

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 ideas and models 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 (Headlands Artist in Residence 2011)
Guest presenters from:
•CMG Landscape Architects
•Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
•Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
•University of California Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

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

About workshops at Headlands
Experiential learning
Workshops are thematic intensives that use the Marin Headlands as a starting place for creative exploration. Led by exceptional artists and thinkers, these project-based sessions provide participants with focused, residency-like learning opportunities.

The place
We are located in the Marin Headlands, along windswept acres of hills, cliffs, coves, and beaches just a few minutes north of San Francisco. Formerly a military base, the area is now part of the Golden Gate National Parks. The beach is a five-minute walk away. The running and hiking trails are some of the best in the world.

Shared meals
Our chef prepares delicious, locally sourced meals in our historic Mess Hall. Some of your best work will happen at the dinner table where presenters and fellow workshop participants will get to know each other, share stories, and exchange ideas.

If you choose to stay onsite, you’ll stay in a private room in one of our historic officers’ houses that now serve as residences for our Artists Programs. Start and end your days on the porch where the ocean and foghorns are the only sounds to accompany your conversations.

About Headlands
Headlands Center for the Arts is an international, multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to supporting artists and thinkers, the creative process, and the development of new, innovative ideas and projects.


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