Talisman Environmental Education Center

MASTER PLAN FOR TALISMAN-BARRETT BEACH // LONG ISLAND // AUGUST 2010

Using the entirety of the Talisman / Barrett Beach site as an outdoor classroom, HAt's eco-camp supplements a recreational community of weekend boaters with a sustainable community that teaches by practice. HAt’s eco-restaurant, eco-parliament, eco-market, recycling, farming, greenhouses, and other programs are designed to model “green versions” of eco-campers’ daily routines. Re-using existing structures, including a defunct hotel and an National Park Service maintenance facility, HAt designed light, “nomadic” temporary dwellings tethered to utility piers and emphasized the boardwalk as both a formal and an infrastructural motif throughout the eco-camp. HAt’s design binds together eco-camp curriculum and program to educate a heterogeneous public—children in day programs, graduate students conducting semester-long research, families staying for a week and senior citizens who might opt for shorter residencies. 

Team // Seth Harrison, Ariane Harrison, Jacob Dugopolski, Chat Travieso, Jeremy Steiner, Anthony Sunga