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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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Yummy! AIA-Los Angeles Serves Up Restaurant Awards

Last week the AIA/LA announced its choices for this year's most notable food-friendly architecture mavericks with its annual Restaurant Design Awards. Designs ranged from an up-cycled (in this case, stripped down and revamped Lina Bo Bardi style) pizza parlor in Culver City to a Guggenheim Museum centerpiece to a repurposed church in Maine. "We tried to design a modern twist on a Gothic Methodist church...buttresses, laser cut patterns on the bar and upholstering old pews,” said architect Ryan Wither for Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine. The restaurant's logo and the bar floor plan emulate an  old trefoil window. Poon Design Inc.'s Mendocino Farms and R. Dean Bingham—in conjunction with AIA and Tivi Design—won a People's Choice Awards as did FER Studio and Studio Collective for the Spare Room in Hollywood. Spare Room, a gamer's delight, houses two vintage bowling lanes set within the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. "We worked very closely with the owners to narrow the focus and curate a vision which both looked back to a time where parlor games were seen as a symbol of the bourgeois as well as take cues from the present," explained Studio Collective architect Adam Goldstein. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture's Incenhaurers, GRAFT's Aria Pool at City Center, Earl's Gourmet Grub by FreelandBuck, Lukshon by MASS Architecture and Design, Bestor Architecture's Pitfire Pizza (Culver City site; that's the revamped pizza joint), and The Wright from the Guggenheim Museum by Andre Kikoski Architecture all walked away with Jury Awards.
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House Proud: AIA-HUD Awards for Excellence

Four housing projects were spotlighted today by the American Institute of Architects' Housing & Custom Residential Knowledge Community and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development as laudable examples of affordable housing architecture, neighborhood design, participatory design, and accessibility. Category 1: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Paseo Senter at Coyote Creek, San Jose, Calif. David Baker + Partners, Architects A new urban district, this affordable neighborhood fronts a newly created main walking street, or Paseo, that connects the arterial roadway to the area’s adjacent park. At its midpoint, the Paseo widens into a public plaza that holds the main entries to the two residential districts. The bold color palette has proved extremely popular with residents and the community, who consider the project a signature addition to the neighborhood. The property is 100% handicapped- and wheelchair-accessible, and the pool features an automatic lift. Category 2: Creating Community Connection Award Arbor Lofts, Lancaster, Calif. (Pictured at top) PSL Architects This 21-unit affordable housing development for artists is the first urban infill project to be completed since the city implemented its new Downtown Specific Plan to transform this mostly vacant city area into a place of historic, cultural, social, economic and civic vitality. The design incorporates many sustainable design methods; among these, the use of high efficiency mechanical systems qualifies the design to exceed California Title 24 Energy Code requirements by 20% and the lighting system exceeds the requirements by 24% which significantly reduces the use of energy. Category 3: Community-Informed Design Award Congo Street Green Initiative, Dallas building community WORKSHOP A tight-knit community consisting of 17 single-family and duplex houses, all built before 1910, recognized the need for re-development, but also did not want to relocate. Through a series of conversations with the residents, a plan was developed to restore and/or reconstruct six owner-occupied homes. The idea is centered around the concept of creating a temporary home, or “holding house,” to house the family whose home was currently under renovation. To date, three resident’s homes have been completed and the fourth is under construction. Category 4: Housing Accessibility—Alan J. Rothman Award Madrona Live / Work, Seattle Tyler Engle Architects PS A converted storefront built in the early 1900’s for a client with an extensive art collection required a flexible and multi-functional space that provides wheelchair accessibility while not making that the primary focus of the design. Entering from the sidewalk, the main living space has a single level polished concrete slab for unrestricted wheelchair access. A floating concrete countertop that steps from low to high accommodates disparate height requirements of the clients and exemplifies how the design provides an elegant solution on a tight construction budget. The jury for the 2010 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards includes: Jury chair, Andrew V. Porth, AIA, Porth Architects, Inc.; Natalye Appel, FAIA, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects; Geoffrey Goldberg, AIA, G. Goldberg and Associates; Grace Kim, AIA, Schemata Workshop; Jane Kolleeny, Architectural Record and GreenSource; Luis F. Borray, Assoc. AIA, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and Regina C. Gray, PhD, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
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East Coast Champs

The American Academy of Arts and Letters named the winners of its 2010 architecture awards Tuesday, which were dominated by northeastern designers. Long-time GSD professor Michael Van Valkenburgh is the recipient of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture. The annual award of $5000 has been given to preeminent architects since 1955, ranging from Louis Kahn to Elizabeth Diller. Van Valkenburgh has designed more than 350 landscapes, including the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Academy also announced the winners of its Academy Awards in Architecture, for strong personal work, which go to New York's planning-obsessed Architecture Research Office and the Afterpartying MOS, of New Haven and Cambridge. And City College architecture dean, critic, and designer Michael Sorkin also won an Academy Award, largely for his writing. The four winners beat out 50 nominees and were selected by academy members Henry Cobb, Hugh Hardy, Steven Holl, Laurie Olin, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams.
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AIA Honors for AN

    This weekend the AIA announced that The Architect’s Newspaper has been awarded a 2010 Collaborative Achievement Award. We’re thrilled to get the national recognition because even as a regional publication (Ok-now three regionals) we have always aimed our sights as high and wide as possible. The Architect’s Newspaper has always prided itself as well on its independent voice and critical attitude toward the practice and profession of architecture, while still working collaboratively with the AIA on many events, including the New Practices program in New York and San Francisco. We’re honored our voice has been heard, and we look forward to picking up our award at the AIA national convention on June 10-12 in Miami.  Thank you, AIA!
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California Awards for 2009

It being the last day of 2009, we at AN's California edition thought we'd remind you of some of the year's best architecture by sharing the awards presented by the AIA chapters from around California. Wow, there are a lot of chapters in this state. We only link to the ones that have posted their award winners (a little depressing to see that several chapters latest awards postings are from 2006 or so..). Here you go: AIA California Council AIA Los Angeles AIA San Francisco AIA San Diego AIA East Bay AIA California Central Coast AIA California Desert AIA Central Valley AIA Golden Empire AIA Inland California AIA Long Beach/ South Bay AIA Monterey Bay AIA Orange County AIA Palomar AIA Pasadena & Foothill AIA Redwood Empire AIA San Fernando Valley AIA San Joaquin AIA San Mateo County AIA Santa Barbara AIA Santa Clara Valley AIA Sierra Valley AIA Ventura County
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And the Winners Are

Among the winners at last night's ceremony for United States Artists (USA) were architects Neil Denari, Laura Kurgan, and architect/activist Rick Lowe. The $50,000 unrestricted awards are given each year "to ignite the creativity that makes this country great," according to the organization's website. USA was started in 2005 with seed money from the Rockefeller, Ford, Prudential, and Ramuson foundations to support artists in the wake of dwindling public funding for the arts. They praised Denari as a "leading voice in the pedagogy and practice of contemporary architecture," and commended him for showing that "progressive ideology is buildable." Kurgan's work employs "data network information and uses it as a visual device to inform and educate the general public on social issues and their physical implications to the built environment." The jurors referred to Texas-based Lowe as "an artist, architect, urban designer, developer, businessman, and activist who is a catalyst for social outreach for underserved neighborhoods." They praised his Project Row House as a "template for others to follow on how to bring local people together to engage their own creative energies and aesthetic values to produce a 'collective expression' to reinstate a community." The fashion designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte were also given an award by the design committee. The Architecture and Design selection committee includes Art Institute of Chicago's Curatorial Chair for Architecture and Design, Joe Rosa, Mabel O. Wilson, a professor of architecture at Columbia, Peter Zellner, architect and principal of ZELLNERPLUS in Los Angeles, Karen Fiss, a professor of visual studies at the Califonia College of the Arts in San Francisco, and Stephen Burks, director of ReadyMade Projects in New York.
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SARAnading Design

On Tuesday, the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) New York Council announced the winners of this year’s 14th Annual Professional Design Awards. Selected from over 100 submitted projects by an esteemed jury including Astrid Lipka, Illya Azaroff, Yen Ha, Lyn Rice, Elizabeth R. Lieber, and AN’s co-founder and publisher Diana Darling, the winning designs were singled out for their positive impact on the city’s public realm. This year’s Medallion of Honor was given to the Friends of the Highline, who were lauded for their successful effort to create the city’s new “park in the sky.” Morphosis’ Cooper Union Academic Building was named winner of the 2009 Visionary Architecture Award for its innovative design, incorporating the academic programming – art, architecture, and engineering – into the physical structure of the building, and the use of new materials and technology, including a metal mesh and glass skin.   One Bryant Park, designed by Cook+Fox and developed by the Durst Organization received the Project of the Year, awarded to a project that exceeds the common expectation for a building, not only in structure but also in social responsibility. Designated LEED Platinum and currently the largest green building in the United States at 2.2 million square-feet, One Bryant Park features an advanced mechanical system with a three-and-a-half year payback, a grey water collector, and a 4.6 mega-Watt-Co-Gen plant and an Iceberg refrigerant system. In addition, Awards of Excellence, Merit, and Honor where given out in the categories of Housing, Commercial, Interior Design, Educational/Institutuional, Rehabilitation/Remodeling, The Arts, Urban Design Studies, and Student work.  SARA's complete list of all project winners can be found here.
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Best of (Trade) Show

Recognizing the top new contract product and furnishings introduced at this year’s NeoCon Trade Show, the Best of NeoCon 2009 Awards named 74 products winners of the prestigious award. A total of 280 products were entered in 40 different categories, ranging from carpets and flooring to lighting, furniture, and textile design. This year’s jury was comprised of 42 corporate, government, and institutional facilities management executives, interior designers, and architects, who are responsible for selecting and buying furniture and furnishings for their specific organizations or clients. A full list of this year’s winners and entrants can be found online at (registration required). This year’s Gold Awards Winners are: Architectural Products Botania, Skyline Design Carpet: Broadloom Wool, Shaw Contract Group Carpet: Modular (tiles) Wool, Shaw Contract Group Case Goods: Desks and Credenzas Denizen, Coalesse Education Solutions Dewey by Fixtures Furniture, izzy+ Flooring: Hard-Surface UltiMetal, Crossville Flooring: Resilient Space, Johnsonite Healthcare Furniture Health-First Infection Control Centers, Peter Pepper Products Healthcare Fabrics Now & Zen Woven Agion Collection, cf stinson Healthcare Seating Graduation Push Back Recliner, Cabot Wrenn Healthcare Textiles Midori Collection, Arc-Com Lighting: Decorative: Chandeliers, Pendants, Sconces Light Art, 3form Lighting: Specialty: Fiber Optic, LED, Remote-Source Twist, The Be Collection by Herman Miller, Inc. Lighting: Task/Desktop, Furniture-Integrated Element, Humanscale for Hospitality Office Accessories M2 Monitor Arm, Humanscale Seating: Conference Setu, Herman Miller, Inc. Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task Generation by Knoll, Knoll Seating: Guest Solace Chair, HBF Seating: Sofas and Lounge Elle, Loewenstein Seating: Stacking Vili, Gunlocke Software Technologies GreenGenie, Armstrong Ceilings & Wall Systems Surfacing Materials Dreamwalls Color Glass, Dreamwalls Color Glass Tables: Conference AERO Conferencing Series, CCN International Tables: Occasional Campfire Paper Table, Turnstone Tables: Training Zii Drive, Surface Works Technology Support Powermat, Powermat Textiles: Drapery Air Rights, Knoll Textiles Textiles: Upholstery The Campion Platt Collection, HBF Textiles Wall Treatments Digital Projects, Maharam Worksurfaces: Height-Adjustable Planes Height-Adjustable Tables, Haworth Workplace Technologies DC FlexZone Ceiling Systems, Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Systems      
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ICFF: The Winners Are

Wrapping up a design-filled weekend of parties, openings, lectures, and events, this year’s ICFF did not disappoint. In fact, it left us up to our necks in piles of work that we have been neglecting from all that party hopping! Thankfully for us, a panel of U.S. and international editors sorted through all the furniture, lighting, and accessories at the Javits Center and selected their picks for the best-of-show at ICFF. Comprised of editors from AbitareArchitectural Record, Azure, Domus, Dwell, Interior Design, Interni, Intramuros, Metropolis, and Metropolitan Home, the prestigious ICFF Editors Award was bestowed on16 designers and manufactures, some of which you might remember from our very own ICFF Preview. The winners are:

Body of Work


New Designer



Jaime Hayon for Baccarat




Magis Spa

Carpet and Flooring

Gan/Gandia Blasco USA's Mangas Carpet by Patricia Urquiola



Outdoor Furniture

Vitra, Inc.'s Vegetal Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec


Coverings, Etc.'s Ecocoverings

Wall Coverings

Tracy Kendall Wallpaper


ModKat's Litter Box


Anne Kyyro Quinn

Kitchen and Bath

Matteo Thun for Rapsel spa

Multiple Production

IKEA's PS 2009

Design School

Pratt Institute


German Design Council (Rat fur Formgebung)


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A Pat on the Back, thanks in part to this very blog, was named one of the Top Ten Websites for 2009 by Planetizen. At this time, we'd like to thank everyone who might have nominated us or put in a good word. We do this all for you, and couldn't have done it without you, either. Our commendation after the jump.
A clean and informative site covering the latest projects, developments and trends in the architecture world. Published since 2003 and now offering a California edition, the Architect’s Newspaper has joined the ranks of essential news sources for architects and those concerned about design and development issues. Archives are available dating back to the first issue, and the site recently branched out into the blogosphere, with near-daily postings since September 2008. A useful resource for planners seeking to understand more about architecture from an insider’s perspective.
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Report: World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival in Barcelona is in its second day and it's great seeing New Yorkers doing so well in this international competition. Marion and Michael (Weiss/Manfredi) won for their spectacular Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle and Snohetta (OK via Norway) for their Oslo Opera House. I was on the housing jury and we were presented with 13 strong projects: high rise towers, smaller garden apartments (some with a mix of market rate flats) and a ten unit housing scheme in the shape of a slithering garden snake. Except for the bizarre snake these were all different types of public housing. I am not sure why an American would be selected for this jury but seeing these 'social' projects was inspiring. It gives one hope we can do decent housing in this country for someone other than just the rich (Come on Barack, pull this thing out!). We gave our award to Mountain Dwellings in Denmark by the Bjarke Ingels Group (top). It's a great project but also have a look Adelaide Wharf by Allford Hall Monaghen Morris in Hackney, London (above). And what can I say about the snake??