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Landscape Architects Recognized in 2013 ASLA Awards

Today, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) revealed its 2013 Honors recipients. The Honors acknowledge individuals and organizations for their lifetime successes and notable contributions to the landscape architecture profession. The process is straightforward – ASLA members submit nominations to be reviewed by the Executive Committee and forwarded to the Board of Trustees. This year, the awards will be presented in Boston during the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, November 15-18, 2013. Warren T. Byrd Jr., FASLA, is the 2013 recipient of the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect who has made a distinctive and lasting impression on public and environmental wellbeing. Byrd, who has taught full-time at the University of Virginia for 26 years, has served for seven years as chair of the landscape department. His firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, has won over 70 national and regional awards. Stuart O. Dawson, FASLA, is the 2013 recipient of the ASLA Design Metal, which recognizes an individual landscape architect who has continually produced an outstanding body of design work for a minimum of ten years. Dawson, founding principal at Sasaki in Watertown, Massachusetts, has practiced for more than 50 years. He received the ASLA Medal in 1999 and has been involved with numerous award-winning endeavors such as the Charleston Waterfront Park, which won the 2007 Landmark Award. Reed Hilderbrand is the 2013 recipient of the Landscape Architecture Firm Award, the highest award ASLA presents to a landscape architecture firm that has created an exceptional body of work and has influenced the landscape architecture profession. Since 1997, Reed Hilderbrand, comprised of Doug Reed, Gary Hilderbrand, and colleagues, has been acknowledged for its craftsmanship and innovative use of plants. The firm’s projects include residences, parks and cultural institutions. Hilderbrand has acquired 12 ASLA awards within the last decade. Additional honors include: Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal: Max Z. Conrad, FASLA LaGasse Medal – Landscape Architect: Stuart Weinreb LaGasse Medal – Non-Landscape Architect: Katherine F. Abbott Olmsted Medal: Renata von Tscharner Medal of Excellence: Shlomo Aronson Community Service Award: Nicholas T. Dines, FASLA
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The New Stars of Landscape Architecture

Landscape projects now have the option to shoot for the stars. Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) has announced the first three projects to be certified by what is to-date the most comprehensive system for rating the sustainable design, construction, and maintenance of built landscapes. SITES is a collaborative effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the United States Botanic Garden designed to fulfill a critical need for sustainable guidelines in this environmentally sensitive field. Created by some of the country's leading sustainability experts and design professionals, the SITES system rates on 15 prerequisites and 51 additional, flexible credits. Stars are awarded based on percentages of total credits earned by redeveloping brownfields or grayfields, soil restoration, water conservation, use of recycled materials and native vegetation, and sustainable construction and land maintenance approaches. Projects can obtain up to four stars through the newly established system. Acquiring the highest levels may test the determination of designers, as they are more elusive than one might think. Of the pilot program's first three certified projects, only one was worthy of multiple stars. The Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee, designed by James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), focused on bioretention and the use of recycled and reclaimed material from the site. Designed with children in mind, plant restoration and play equipment has been situated to encourage discovery and engagement. The project completed at least 40 percent of SITES guidelines and obtained one star. The Green at College Park at the University of Texas also focused on restoration. Primarily used as a gathering area, the design adapts off-site drainage issues to irrigate its drought tolerant planting palette. The Green also completed at least 40 percent of SITES requirements and obtained one star. The headquarters of Novus International preserves and enhances natural habitats, improves hydraulic conditions, and fosters a sense of community among employees at the corporate campus. The project team tapped the University of Missouri to monitor the natural conditions of the site including green roofs, wildlife identification and water quality. Of the 250 total points, the project received at least 60 percent of the credits necessary to obtain three stars.
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Dean’s List> ASLA Student Awards Reveal the Future of Landscape Architecture

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the winners of its 2011 Student Awards. This year's student honorees have developed concepts ranging from hillside habitats in Haiti, to vegetated houses in Taiwan, to a reclaimed airfield in Berlin. Entries demonstrate an idealistic and urgent approach to problem solving for today's and tomorrow's pressing social issues. [ Also be sure to check out the winners of the ASLA 2011 Professional Awards. ] A jury comprised of fellows and members of the ASLA selected 40 winners in seven categories including Residential, Analysis & Planning, and General Design. Of note, the jury was impressed with the graphic skill both the graduate and undergraduate students possessed, along with the breadth of their theoretical survey. Awards will be presented on November 2 at the ASLA Annual Meeting in San Diego. General Design Category Award of Excellence Tempelhof Wasserpark Johanna F. Barthmaier Faculty Advisor: Martin Rein Cano and Yadiel Rivera Diaz University of Pennsylvania From the project statement:
Berlin, Germany lies close to the water table and with an overwhelming amount of annual rainfall, the city has more water than its infrastructure can handle. Tempelhof airport provides a clear open space inside the city to test a new form of water management in Berlin, where storm and ground waters are reserved, absorbed and filtrated through pools, plantings and landforms. A module based on the folds of a paper airplane helped generate the design, which allows water to move and collect throughout the site. Depending on the weather, the ephemeral movement of water sets the stage for unique programs to develop and informs visitors about the local hydrology.
Honor Awards Vertical Territories Chen Chen, E. Scott Mitchell, and Amy Whitesides Faculty Advisors: Pierre Bélanger, ASLA and Christian Werthmann Harvard Graduate School of Design From the project statement:
Vertical Territories proposes the redevelopment of South Weymouth Naval Air Station as productive open space. It promotes alternative energy innovation, habitat preservation, floodwater management and freshwater conservation through a layered approach that allows for functional density without compromising the expansive quality of the ground plane. The project uses technology and conservation to stitch together adjacent but disconnected urban centers and serves as a prototype for urban planning that recognizes the critical infrastructural services landscape provides.
The Docks: Engaging the Edge at Brooklyn Basin Michal Kapitulnik, Catherine McDonald, Alex Schuknecht, and Robert Tidmore Faculty Advisor: Judith Stilgenbauer University of California, Berkeley From the project statement:
At the threshold of industry, infrastructure, and the degraded water edge, the Bay Trail is fragmented at Brooklyn Basin. Leveraging these rich adjacencies, the proposed design opens up access to the Bay and knits the trail back together through a series of docks, piers and gardens. The Bay edge is transformed to create increased diversity of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Immersive tectonic experiences arise, providing spaces for cultural and educational engagement while promoting stewardship.
Evans Way: Skating the Emerald Necklace Anne Weber Faculty Advisor: Jane Hutton Harvard Graduate School of Design From the project statement:
Skating the Emerald Necklace reimagines Evans Way Park, a small public park along Boston's Emerald Necklace, as a dual-functioning skate park that blends skater, pedestrian and storm water flow in a continuous mobius strip of circulation. Morphing the existing Olmstedian-influenced design into a kind of post-punk pastoral, Evans Way becomes Boston's first skate park, filling a city-wide programmatic need, while embracing the diverse forms of circulation within contemporary urban space.
Residential Design Category Award of Excellence Vegetation House: House for Being the Medium of Plant Growth Jheng-Ru Li and Chieh-Hsuan Hu Faculty Advisors: Yu-Tung Liu, Yuan-Rong Li, Shiau-Yun Lu and Chor-Kheng Lim National Chiao Tung University From the project statement:
Concerning the problem of farmhouses in the suburban areas.This project is aimed to focus on whether the building creates a suitable environment for many different types of plants to grow naturally. Just as a stone in the forest is attached to a plant by the local environment, the building should not change or, worse, destroy the original ecosystem; it should coexist in harmony with the ecosystem and allow a diversity of plants to grow smoothly alongside it.
Analysis and Planning Category Award of Excellence UPGRADE / RETROFIT: Strategies for Re-Urbanization of Haiti's Hillsides Jeff Powers and Byron White Faculty Advisor: Liat Margolis University of Toronto From the project statement:
UPGRADE/RETROFIT is an hybridized architectural and landscape design plan that envisions a new possibility for Haiti's development beyond the short term disaster relief solutions currently in use. The earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, was another chapter in a series of events that have systematically destroyed the Haitian landscape and communities. Within the current framework for redevelopment, sustainable systems are not adequate. Instead, we envision a strategy for rehabilitation, augmentation and surplus.
Honor Awards Canals as Greenways Paul Toenjes and Shuntaro Yahiro Faculty Advisor: Lake Douglas Louisiana State University From the project statement:
Taking the vast expense of a large infrastructural project and turning it into an amenity can be achieved through distributing the infrastructure throughout the community. It is possible to create a resilient canal system for New Orleans which deals with water storage throughout the city, creating a green network through which the community can be redefined. Each infrastructure piece has the potential to be beautiful, have significant economic impact and provide much needed greenspace.
Communications Category Award of Excellence SHIFT:infrastructure Lorna Allen, Tucker Beeninga, Sarah Elsaesser, Matt Evans, Benjamin Hood, Michael Lynskey, Preston Montague, Leslie Morefield, Lindsay Ruderman, Scott Simmons, Caitlin Smolewski, Matt Tomasulo, David Toms, and Luke Wallenbeck Faculty Advisor: Andrew Fox North Carolina State University From the project statement:
SHIFT:infrastructure is an annual student produced publication sponsored by the North Carolina State University Student Chapter ASLA. Recognizing that students represent the next generation of leaders and design innovators, we created SHIFT: to provide a scholarly and provocative forum for professional-reviewed student research into emerging issues at the forefront of landscape architecture theory and practice. We seek to foster creative interaction across disciplinary boundaries and raise awareness of emerging trends within academic and professional communities.
Community Service Award of Excellence Adams Elementary School Garden for Experiential Learning Amanda J. Dunlap Faculty Advisor: Keith Christensen, PhD Utah State University From the project statement:
In a time when art programs are being removed from schools as educational funding is cut short, an opportunity surfaced to combine core elementary school curriculum with the arts through landscape architecture. Based on the hands-on, experiential learning environment of the studio, the creation of twenty lessons integrated landscape architecture, mathematics, creative writing, science, and art into fourth grade curriculum. From inception to implementation, students worked through the design process to create a school entryway.
Student Collaboration Award of Excellence plantLAB Mike Cook, Chris DeHenzel, Brian Gillett, Rockne Hanish, and Darryl Jones Faculty Advisor: Judith Stilgenbauer University of California, Berkeley From the project statement:
The plantLAB is an experiment in hydroponic gardening and landscape garden design, conceived and constructed by a team of graduate and undergraduate architecture/landscape students for the 2011 San Francisco Garden Show. The project addresses issues of food production and normative definitions of "garden" through an interpretation of hydroponic methods for a temporary gallery exhibition. It consists of a modular steel frame that supports an irrigation system and a volumetric field of hydroponically grown lettuce.
To see all the winners and honorees visit ASLA.
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Video: Making a Brownfield Beautiful

The American Society of Landscape Architects has created a great step-by-step video demonstrating how to return a contaminated brownfield site into a real community asset. The video, appropriately titled From Industrial Wasteland to Community Park, traces an abandoned refinery on its way from bio-hazard to bio-helpful. The cleanup technique shown is called bioremediation, or reclamation through plants. Here's a little about the process from the ASLA:
Bioremediation involves using plants, fungi, or soil microbes to clean up toxic brownfields. Some types of deep-rooted plants can even be used to remove toxic metals from the soil. One example is Thlaspi Caerulescens, commonly known as Alpine Pennycress. According to Cornell University researchers, a normal plant can only store about 100 parts per million (ppm) zinc and 1 ppm cadmium. Thlaspi can store up to 30,000 ppm zinc and 1,500 ppm cadmium in its shoots without being negatively affected. In fact, these types of plants thrive while restoring the brownfield to its natural state.
[ Via The Dirt. ]
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Landscapers Short On Green, Too

We've been tracking the AIA Architecture Billings Index ever since it took a dive last spring. But what about the rest of the design industry? Well, the American Society of Landscape Architects released its quarterly survey of member firms, and the numbers are no better than their brick-and-mortar friends. In fact, the numbers are even worse, with only 16 percent of firms experiencing growth in their billings and 43 percent having stable or rising inquiries. Nancy Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of the society, said that with the market the way it is, the downturn was to be expected. “The reduced demand for landscape architecture work comes as no surprise considering the current problems with the economy,” Somerville said in a release. “International projects, particularly in the Middle East and Pacific Rim, are a strong and expanding source of work for many firms. Domestically, the public sector remains the most robust source of projects.” Not surprisingly, architects are seeing the same trends. As for the landscape designers, those are: Compared to last quarter, your billable hours are: Well above average – 5.6% Slightly above average – 17.3% Right where they usually are, average – 21.1% Slightly below average – 38.3% Well below average – 17.7% Compared to last quarter, your inquiries are: Well above average – 2.3% Slightly above average – 14.7% Right where they usually are, average – 25.7% Slightly below average – 35.5% Well below average – 21.9% Compared to the same quarter a year ago, your second quarter 2008 billable hours were: Higher – 17.9% About the same – 23.7% Lower – 58% Don’t know – .4% Compared to the same quarter a year ago, your second quarter 2008 inquiries were: Higher – 12.5% About the same – 27.8% Lower – 59.3% Don’t know – .4% Do you plan on hiring any employees in the upcoming quarter?: Experienced landscape architect – 6.8% Entry level landscape architect – 9.4% Support staff – 7.9% Intern – 4.1% Other – 6.4% Not hiring – 74.4% Role of sustainability issues in candidates’ platforms: High on candidates’ agendas – 9.4% Cited more than in the 2004 campaigns – 38.9% About the same as 2004 – 14.0% Cited less than 2004 – 4.2% Not a significant part of the candidates’ agendas – 31.3% Other – 2.3%