Tiffani Navratil (MLA '12) Uncovers the Hobart Rivulet

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Tiffani Navratil (MLA ’12) traveled to the Tasmanian city of Hobart to fix a missing link. 
The Hobart Rivulet flowing through the city’s central business district funneled into a concrete channel-with little or no vegetation- before emptying into a cove. “Buildings built over much of the rivulet did not allow any sunlight to reach those portions of the stream,” explains Navratil. She saw an opportunity to improve social spaces around the rivulet, reduce pollution, lower traffic congestion, and bring pedestrians back into the area. 

She also saw a compelling topic for her senior capstone thesis. 

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“It’s a small city with a lovely waterfront and spectacular natural surroundings, 
but the linkages between them through the city are unclear. From the water, 
Hobart looks more idyllic than it is in actuality.” – Tiffani Navratil (MLA ’12)

With help from retired landscape architecture professor Herb Baldwin and Hobart resident Jerry de Gryse (BLA ’79), Navratil met city council members, local design professionals, and interested stakeholders to conduct her research. 

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After graduation she returned to Hobart with her proposal in hand. “The ideas I presented were only a few of many possible design solutions for Hobart’s central business district,” says Navratil. “And it was my hope to trigger a citywide conversation regarding Hobart’s potential as a boutique arts-and-culture city.”
She currently works at
Coen+Partners as a landscape designer and at the
University of St. Thomas as an adjunct faculty
member in the Geology Department. 
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