Un-salt the Earth

Nirmala Navarro

David Watts

March 2021

The three main issues this project deals with leads to a site that can address all three: The Cargill Salt Flats in Redwood City, CA.

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The three main issues this project deals with leads to a site that can address all three: The Cargill Salt Flats in Redwood City, CA.

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The reinvigoration of the Cargill Salt Flats into a park space bordering a restored native tidal salt marsh in Redwood City, CA. The park presents nature as a space that promotes a positive mentality and appreciation for natural systems for people coming from different communities. The space will combat segregation by allowing those communities to exist in the same place and has a focus on walkability from residential areas. It will protect native species by restoring the native tidal salt marsh habitat that has been developed over, its ecological processes being the primary inspiration for design and holding great educational value.

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ABOUT ME

My name is Nirmala Navarro, I’m 22 and I’m a graduating fifth year studying landscape architecture. Beyond school, the most important thing I can do for myself is find time to use my hands for making art or music. The creative side of me is what led me to this discipline, yet I am inspired by the practicality landscape architecture has for problem-solving. I am passionate about bringing the tools for wellness into underprivileged communities, and my senior project is my way of exploring that idea further.