”The fact that women have not been acknowledged as leaders in landscape design makes their work even more precious.”
Gina spoke with the New York Times about the work, values and passion behind Agency’s ongoing restoration of Thomas Polk Park’s signature element – an Angela Danadjieva designed water feature – as part of The Cultural Landscape Foundation‘s incredible femme-focused Landslide 2020: Women Take the Lead.
As a legacy open space for the City of Charlotte, Thomas Polk Park is a space that has long fallen short of its urban promise. Yet, it has great potential to draw from the broader momentum and vibrancy of Charlotte’ ongoing renaissance. Agency is leading a team that is taking a fresh look at the park – how it is working today, what needs it can meet differently in the future, what capital investments are the wisest next steps and how to manage the park sustainably over the next decades. Our team is working with the Charlotte Center City Partners and the City of Charlotte and includes Kimley-Horn Associates, Fluidity Design Consultants, Amplify Consulting, the Cultural Landscape Foundation, RMF Engineering and Zaragunda.
The article touches on Agency’s commitment to surfacing hidden histories and advocating for gender just practice, including mention of our role in founding WxLA alongside Cinda Gilliland, Jamie Maslyn Larson, Rebecca Leonard, and Steven Spears.