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Valerie Friedmann


Friedmann is the recipient of two TN ASLA Professional Awards for her contributions to publications on regional stormwater and greenway opportunities. She served as the lead landscape designer and researcher for the New Norris House; a LEED Platinum home and landscape that received a 2014 ASLA Research Honor Award and was selected by the AIA COTE as one of the top ten green projects of 2013. Friedmann’s research and pedagogical interests focus on the flow and re-organization of resources at the regional and metropolitan scale and the often-overlooked ecological productivity provided by remnant sites such as vacant lots and roadsides.

A common perception of the roadside is a homogenous swath of turf and weedy vegetation; this study seeks to identify the unique performative and spatial latencies in the blurred view from 55 mph. These diagrammatic and cinematic representations are part of a larger body of work that documents roadside landscapes along state highways between Auburn and Mobile Bay, AL. The goal of the representative work is to bring together the environmental, political, and aesthetic qualities of these landscapes so as to reveal the complexities and latent potential of roadsides and provide a framework for their redesign.

Additional Project Credits: Gabriela Arevalo Alvear, Molly Hendry

Marginal Utility: Roadside Ecology in the Mobile Bay Drainage Area, animated diagram and video, 46" x 24"; 16:9, 3m30s, 2016

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