The village of Waterbury was one of the communities hardest hit when Tropical Storm Irene pounded the state of Vermont in August of 2011. Swamped with eight inches of rain, the Winooski River, which parallels Main Street, overrode its banks and left much of the community under water, damaging or destroying 220 homes and businesses, as well as a state office complex that hosted 1500 workers in a variety of state agencies. In the years since, Waterbury has shown remarkable resilience and progress, renovating or rebuilding nearly all the damaged structures, but also going beyond that, by improving and expanding the town’s infrastructure and amenities, and seeking ways to continue fostering the strong community spirit that arose in the flood’s aftermath.
Growing up in Manhattan, Claire Adams has always had a fascination with buildings and urban spaces. The juxtaposition of old versus new, of density versus public space. Her high school sat on the artificial landscape of Battery Park City, literally reclaimed from the Hudson River; yet the historic neighborhoods of Soho and Chinatown were a short walk away. This interest led her to formal academic studies in landscape history, urban studies, and landscape architecture at Smith College, which has proved fulfilling to a point. But she was nagged by an intrigue in how those buildings and spaces were created – a desire to participate in the actual experience of ‘making.’ She tracked down and enrolled in Yestermorrow’s Semester in Sustainable Design/Build during her junior year. It offered the opportunity to get the hard skills she sought, while still allowing her to earn academic credit toward her degree.
Join us as we begin the design of Yestermorrow's first building in our master plan build out!