America's Memorials Can be Designed to Evolve

The Dirt | ASLA |September 2017


Undamming the Carmel: Restoring an Endangered River

Land + Water Magazine | February 2016

Jessica Neafsey, Rana Creek

"We are living at a point in history where nature has lost its capacity to recover in certain ways without our assistance.  Conservation cannot rely on passive protection.  The Carmel River Reroute and San Clemente Dam Removal Project has given us a chance to step up and act from a new 21st century land ethic that demands a highly proactive, hands-on stewardship of the wild, where profound restoration sometimes requires radical acts of deconstruction."


Blank Slate Landscapes: Regenerative Undoing and Ecological Infill

ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Annual Conference | Chicago, IL | November 2015

Jessica Neafsey, Rana Creek | David Yocca, Conservation Design Forum

"There are many types of post-development landscapes that present exciting opportunities to reintroduce a high level of ecological integrity and authenticity in unique urban and natural contexts. Two ecological design firms described their approaches to consulting science to engender successful reclamation/restoration projects that bring incredible diversity to unlikely landscapes." 


The River Runs Through It: Report on Historic Structures + Site Design in the Fishtown Cultural Landscape

September 2011 | Johnson Hill Land Ethics Studio

Laurie Sommers, Ph.D. | Eugene Hopkins | Evan Hall | Mark Johnson | Jessica Neafsey

"A detailed and ground-breaking example of a historic structures report prepared in 2010-2011 for the Fishtown Preservation Society (FPS), a non-profit organization in Leland, Michigan, which in 2007 purchased a significant portion of this historic commercial fishing village within the Leland National Register Historic District.  This report, as stated in the RPF, was intended "to guide future treatment of the structures, site and landscape features in Fishtown, and to build a greater understanding of the complex built and culutral history of Fishtown and its environs."  

Laurie Sommers


Saving Place, Saving Grace

January 2017 | Picture Farmer Films

A PBS documentary that explores the how the monastic community at Holy Cross Abby has begun implementation of a Sustainability Plan created through our University of Michigan Master's Project: "Holy Cross Abby: Reinhabiting Place."  Team includes Craig Cammarata, Alex Linkow, Charlotte Coultrap-Bagg, Kathryn Buckner, Jessica Neafsey, Christopher Stratman with faculty advisor Andrew J. Hoffman.


Holy Cross Abbey: Reinhabiting Place

May 2010 | University of Michigan

Jessica Neafsey | Kathryn Buckner | Christopher Stratman | Alex Linkow | Craig Cammarata | Charlotte Coultrap-Bagg | Andrew Hoffman

Abstract: "As a monastery living under the Rule of St. Benedict and as part of the 900-year-old Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), the monks of Holy Cross Abbey (HCA) are pursuing sustainability not only to ensure that their traditions and spiritual way of life persevere, but also to foster a deeper stewardship of the land as “lovers of the brethren and of the place.” As part of this sustainability initiative, HCA solicited the assistance of a team of graduate students from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment (“Michigan Team”) under the guidance of Professor Andrew Hoffman. As part of this project, the Michigan Team used a systems perspective with the intention of encouraging a more holistic, integrative, and telescopic view of the monastery in its local, regional, and global contexts. To this end, the Team evaluated HCA’s community sustainability as it specifically applies to the following topic areas: land use, energy, water, solid waste, toxics, economies, food, and buildings. Subsequently, synergistic recommendations were provided to help HCA become more sustainable. These suggested guidelines may also assist other monasteries and religious institutions as they initiate, evaluate, and/or modify their own sustainability efforts, thereby enhancing environmental stewardship throughout numerous communities and maximizing positive impact on society."


The Role of Native Plants in the Sustainable Sites Initiative

June 2009 | Wild Ones Journal 

Jessica Neafsey