Julie Bargmann MLA ’87 was featured in the New York Times article “How the ‘Queen of Slag’ Is Transforming Industrial Sites” for recent work on abandoned industrial sites. “Three decades ago no landscape designer was looking at the vast manufacturing and mined landscapes, landfills and every type of degraded landscape. When I thought about the number of acres, it was astonishing. That set me off. Folks might think I’m a bit crazy, but I’m going to go find the landscapes that I want to work on, not more or less already perfect landscapes.” said Bargmann in response to a question about her career focus. Ms. Bargmann is the founder of D.I.R.T Studio in Charlottesville, VA.

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