The road less traveled: Proposed additions to the Natchez Trace Parkway
Craig, William Carl
Master of Architecture
One of the most visionary landscape projects ever realized, the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 449-mile linear unit of the National Park Service, roughly follows and memorializes the old Natchez Trace, an historic Indian trail and then colonial settlement and trading route running from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN. Intimately coupled with the varying contours of the land, the parkway offers a driving experience phenomenologically subtle and complex in addition to its clear historic significance. Despite its importance, this unique piece of terrestrial infrastructure is under constant pressure to normalize it which would, of course, ruin it. In response, the project becomes a series of nine rest areas/'stopping-points' each composed of two, small prototype buildings (repeated nine times in nine different configurations). As quantifiable anchors, these stops combine as an attempt to hold a large and slippery landscape, to make it even more uncommon and easily appreciated and thus to aid in its resistance to those who would undermine it.
Geography; Architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning