Newport Riverwalk Environmental Design

Newport Riverwalk Environmental Design

Firehouse Design Team, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996

Description

The purpose of this project was to create a public trail on an existing floodwall at the convergence of the Licking and Ohio rivers in Newport, Kentucky. The two-mile trail is punctuated by six overlook stations. The intent was to promote understanding and awareness of the geological, geographical, and historical significance of this area.

Various levels of communication facilitate this experience: Common Newport personalities were used to create iconic landmarks in the form of weather vanes. Each overlook features a different theme, Festive pennants with a nautical theme and icon appliqués on iron railings are decorative support elements in the system of components. Metal plaques contining interpretive copy, historical photos, and illustrations tell the story on an educational level. Etched grahite pedestals and ground mounted plaques provide oppportunity for activities such as stone rubbings for schoolchildren. Maps and directional signs function on an orientation and identification level.

We value this project because we were able to contribute to thie creation of a public environment for everyone to relax in, enjoy nature, and learn about community history.

Collections: Design of Understanding 2
Discipline: Information design
Format: Signage, Artifact
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