Devin Dobrowolski
B. Cannon Ivers
Mary Catherine Miller

Wanderers I

The Wanderers Project deconstructs ideas specific to the vernacular identity of Cape Cod, in order to propose new ecologies, promote novel forms of peripatetic occupation, and bolster nascent economies in an effort to ensure the resilience of the landscape. We propose that the protected, yet artificial dunes be inhabited with structures that are left to shift as sand and people do.

Culturally, ecologically, and geographically significant, the landscapes of Cape Cod are evolving in terms of their literal edges and the figurative ideas with which they are often associated. The coastline is a critical component of the vernacular of Cape Cod as it defines the entire cape for visitors and tourists who consistently photograph, but do not necessarily inhabit the dunes and marsh. Seemingly insignificant, the postcard photograph is powerful, specific, and yields an opportunity to project change.

In order to thoroughly present the sights, sounds, scents, and textures of Cape Cod, we created a series of interactive drawings and models. We printed drawings on transparent media and displayed them on light boxes. Our aim is to encourage people to recompose and overlay the drawings in unexpected ways. Animations, built from footage of physical and digital models, serve as a tool to portray the effects that organic and built entities have on each other.

About The Designer

B. Cannon Ivers is a landscape architect with professional experience, comprised of concept design and implementation of public realm and parks in numerous countries around the world. His professional experience ranges from complex urban design studies such as London's Parliament Square and the Battersea Power Station, to sensitive and sacred places such as Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, NY. He is currently enrolled at the Harvard GSD, pursuing an M.L.A.

Mary Catherine Miller is an M.L.A. candidate at the Harvard GSD. A designer and maker, her current research stems from a grant awarded to her and Joseph Watson in the spring of 2015. The Penny White Project Fund helped to support their travels in the American West as they explored the interface between humans and wilderness. Wild interfaces is an ongoing joint project between the two. As an architectural designer, Mary practiced at RaM.L.A. Benaissa Architects in Philadelphia. She holds a B.Arch from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design where she graduated magna cum laude. Some of her recent work at the GSD, alongside studio partners Cannon Ivers and Devin Dobrowolski will be featured in WLA’s magazine in June 2015.

Devin Dobrowolski is a third year student in the MLA I program with a background in Fine Arts and Film.