Friday, July 30, 2010

Remembering a designer who made a difference


Touring the soon-to-open greenway along Little Sugar Creek on Wednesday "Long-ignored creek debuts in starring role," (slideshow here) my guides pointed me to some carved inscriptions in the pavement at each end of the pedestrian bridge that allows people to walk from Harding Place over the creek to the greenway. They were put there by the folks at LandDesign, in memory of the late Brad Davis.

Brad was a champion for parks, as well as good design. I met him shortly after I started writing my columns on city matters, and I respected the care he put into his work and designs. He was a long-time member of the county's Park and Recreation Commission and helped found its nonprofit Partners for Parks. He died of cancer in 2007.

His colleagues at LandDesign, where he was a partner, donated money for a small memorial to him at the greenway. If you walk across the bridge you'll see his words. I particularly liked those on the Harding Place side:
"Attaining good design is a real struggle between the idea of creating great spaces and meeting the regulations for public health, safety and welfare. When in doubt, do great design."

4 comments:

Matthew said...

I love the art going up near the Met.

The city needs more public art

J said...

I still don't understand why they are calling the greenway finished when it is absolutely nowhere near finished - unless all that heavy equipment and mounds of gravel and dirt are meant as part of the design. I'm guessing the whole greenway won't be finished for at least 25 years...

scopulsky said...

Thanks for remembering Brad Davis. He deserves the recognition!

Jumper said...

Intriguing sculpture in the picture. Can you tell me more?