Hapa Collaborative

Hapa Collaborative is a landscape architecture and environmental design practice established with place-making, attentiveness and collaboration in mind. Hapa Collaborative sees each project as an opportunity to partner, to dream big and to synthesize ideas wrought from many, often opposing, influences. (more…)

Thin Green Line

Thin Green Line

—The Thin Green Line that defines the Agricultural Land Reserve is a boundary that frames our attempts to mitigate growth, preserve arable land and maintain an agrarian landscape character in municipalities undergoing a massive transformation from rural to urban form. The ALR boundary establishes a wonderful edge in many places – a stark contrast between land uses, reinforced by the ‘boundary’ landscape, a place to observe from the safety of the edge. (more…)

The Agricultural Landscape

Blending the Urban and Rural

—An initial diagram of reciprocal edge condition strategies for the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)  that could blend the urban and rural. (more…)

Cranberries and the City— In Spring (left), the cranberry bog is an imprinted plane of vegetation, while in Fall (right) the plane is flooded red and harvested amidst daily urban practices.

Tossed Salad

—The Thin Green Line that defines the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is a boundary that frames our attempts to mitigate growth, preserve arable land and maintain an agrarian landscape character in municipalities undergoing a massive transformation from rural to urban form. The ALR boundary establishes a wonderful edge in many places – a stark contrast between land uses, reinforced by the ‘boundary’ landscape, a place to observe from the safety of the edge.

In other areas however, the boundary is pockmarked by odd and incongruous land uses: big-box religion, surrounded by acres of occasionally used parking, is acceptable in the ALR; the placeless fake landscapes of golf courses – one of the worst offenders of chemical pollution – are permitted. Monster homes, often built cheaply and without any vernacular context, effectively suburbanize the ALR. There is a great irony in the acceptability of land use types that contradict the intentions of the policy, erode the viability of the agricultural resource and ultimately make the Thin Green Line meaningless. (more…)