Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

American Society of Landscape Architects 2014 awards

(For what it's worth, generally landscape architects are the best physical planners, because they understand "landscape" and context.")
Norman B. Leventhal Park, Boston, at night, fine art photograph by Joann Vitali
Night in the Norman B. Leventhal Park, Boston.  The park was created as part of the reconstruction of an underground parking structure.  Fine art photograph by Joann Vitali.

From a press release:
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2014 Professional Awards and Student Awards today. The awards honor top public, commercial, residential, institutional, planning, communications, and research projects from across the U.S. and around the world.

The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available online for free viewing. October's LAM will be featured on the end-caps of the magazine sections in nearly 600 Barnes & Noble stores beginning October 14.

The awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver on Monday, November 24, at 12 noon, at the Colorado Convention Center. The 2014 awards program is sponsored by Victor Stanley.

ASLA will present 34 professional awards selected from more than 600 entries. See awards criteria, project information and images.
Here are some of the awardees that sound particularly interesting (and there are also categories for books and media, student projects, and contributions to the profession):
  • Segment 5, Hudson River Park A Resourceful and Resilient Space for a Park-Starved Neighborhood, New York City by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. for the Hudson River Park Trust
  • Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, Queens, NY, by Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi for the New York City Economic Development Corporation/City of New York
  • Midtown Detroit Techtown District, Detroit by Sasaki Associates Inc. for Midtown Detroit
  • The Creative Corridor: A Main Street Revitalization for Little Rock, Arkansas, by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architect for the City of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Devastation to Resilience: The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Houston by Design Workshop Inc., Aspen, and Reed/Hilderbrand for the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
  • Zidell Yards District-Scale Green Infrastructure Scenarios, Portland, Ore. by GreenWorks, PC, for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and ZRZ Realty
  • Yerba Buena Street Life Plan, San Francisco by CMG Landscape Architecture for the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
  • Unified Ground: Union Square - National Mall Competition, Washington, D.C. by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol for the Trust for the National Mall
  • Finding Connections to the Outdoors for Youth and Families in Larimer County, Colo. by Design Workshop Inc. for Great Outdoors Colorado and Larimer County, Colo.
  • Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square, Boston by Halvorson Design Partnership Inc. for the Friends of Post Office Square Inc.

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