Shangri La Botanical Gardens, Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects. 2012 ASLA Award, General Design.
Another ASLA Professional Awards cycle is upon us! This is your yearly chance to get your best work in front of a fantastic jury and potentially broadcast to a global audience of your peers and potential clients. If your work is honored, it will be published in LAM’s annual awards issue in October. The awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Denver in November.
Some people don’t enter because they’re shy or believe their projects won’t catch the jury’s attention. But you must play to win: “My advice: Believe in your work,” says Jeffrey Carbo, FASLA, of Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects & Site Planners in Alexandria, Louisiana. Carbo’s first national ASLA award, for the Cane River Residence in 2005, came on his third try. That award “was a springboard to other projects, including the project that won an award in 2012,” which was the Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, Texas.
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A monthly roundup of the news, dispatches, and marginalia that caught our eye.
CATCHING UP WITH…
- Annette Wilkus, FASLA, ASLA’s VP of Professional Practice, talks to Forbes magazine about her company, SiteWorks, and her career in construction management.
- LAM’s November 2012 issue on climate featured Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, who is to receive the 2014 IDC/IIDA Leadership Award of Excellence from the Interior Designers of Canada and the International Interior Design Association.
- Al-Azhar Park, in Cairo, covered in LAM in April 2011, is part of PBS’s e2 series. The series, narrated by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, looks at “the economies of being environmentally conscious.” Not new (2009), but new to us, and an intriguing look at the city before its current turmoil.
OUT AND ABOUT
- The Cities and Nature: Urban Ecological Design and Planning conference at the University of Texas at Austin (February 27–March 1, 2014) will reprise the ground-breaking conference that led to Ecological Design and Planning (1997).
- A bit late but worth keeping an eye on: the Rivers of the Anthropocene project just held its first conference at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. The event brought an international group together to focus on “rivers and their landscapes as human-nature entanglements,” particularly the Ohio and Tyne River systems.
DISTRACT ME FROM MY DEADLINE DEPT.
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Posted in ASLA, AWARDS, BIRDS, BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, COMPETITIONS, ECOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT, POLLUTION, RECREATION, SOIL, WATER, WILDLIFE on December 10, 2013 |
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Edison Park Site Proposal: A raised circulation system embraces a contained dredge production facility. Images courtesy of Matthew D. Moffitt.
The Penn State undergraduate Matthew Moffitt won the 2013 ASLA Student Award of Excellence in General Design by showing that not all dredge is created equal. Moffitt’s project, Dredge City: Sediment Catalysis, uses dredged material from the Maumee River, a tributary of Lake Erie, to restore a brownfield site, reestablish migratory bird stopovers, and connect urban and ecological systems, all in the context of an elegantly detailed park. By processing the material dredged from a shipping channel on the Maumee, Moffitt looked at Toledo, Ohio, the most heavily dredged port in the Great Lakes, and asked how one of the lake’s greatest polluters—the Maumee dumps a considerable amount of phosphorous into Lake Erie, causing algae blooms among other problems—can become a source of lifeblood for the city. We talked with Moffitt, who now works at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, about how he conceived the project and how dredge is becoming a hot research topic.
How did you become interested in dredging as a source of remediation?
The project originally began as a studio project during my senior year at Penn State. The studio origins were in Toledo, Ohio, so that’s how it all began. My professor, Sean Burkholder, is very knowledgeable about dredge and is often working in the greater Ohio region. There are several postindustrial sites in Toledo along the Maumee River, and the river feeds into the Western Basin of Lake Erie. We were given one of several sites along the river, and the site I chose was Edison Park. The challenges of the site included [combined sewer] outfall, dumping postindustrial material, and adjacency to one of the newer bridges and the downtown skyline.
His studio prompt was very inspiring, and from there I started making the connections between dredged material and the sediment itself, and from there it blossomed. The general goal for the studio was to use dredge or sediment from the shipping channel for a park design. The assignment was pretty broad, so we had a lot of room to use our imaginations.
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LAM Arrives at the 2013 ASLA Expo in Boston.
The ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO begins in Boston this Friday, and LAM will be there! Look for Editor-in-Chief Brad McKee and Writer/Editor Jennifer Reut, who will be hosting Meet the Editor sessions on the EXPO floor on Saturday and Sunday. Meeting attendees who’ve signed up for time slots can talk with them about article ideas or projects that might be of interest to our readers.
McKee will present this year’s Landscape Architecture Magazine Advertising Awards, also known as the Lammys, on Friday evening. Organized by LAM’s publisher, Ann Looper, Honorary ASLA, the awards recognize excellence in graphics, messages, and persuasiveness among the magazine’s advertisers. A jury made up of ASLA members from various practice and geographic areas represents the readership and chooses the winners, giving feedback on what kinds of ads catch the attention of landscape architects.
Among their many activities at EXPO, Reut and McKee will be attending meetings, stepping into Education and Learning Lab sessions, and, fresh off our November issue that focused on climate change, McKee will moderate the ASLA Open Forum on Climate Change at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. You can also follow Reut on Twitter during the EXPO @JenniferEditor.
I will be on the EXPO floor on Saturday to tour the booths and look for products to include in future Goods columns. In 2014 we’ll have columns on new plant varieties, furniture for residential and public spaces, water and irrigation, fences, play equipment, and more. If you’re going to be at EXPO, keep an eye out for the LAM staff and introduce yourself.
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From the January 2013 issue of LAM:
By Lydia W. Lee
Even though Alexander Dunkel, Student ASLA, has never visited the High Line in New York City, he can tell you exactly what part of the park is the most popular: the 10th Avenue Square. How? He spent a year analyzing Flickr, the popular image web site, and seeing where people take the most photos. Because many of the images in Flickr collections are tagged with their precise geographic location as well as a descriptor (“Golden Gate Bridge,” for example), Dunkel was able to generate maps of an area’s most frequently photographed subjects. From his home in Dresden, Germany, he spoke about his research at the University of California, Berkeley, which won a 2012 ASLA Student Honor Award.
What inspired you to study Flickr?
Flickr is a unique source of data that shows how people interact with the landscape. Some people take pictures all the time, some people only take a picture of things that are really important to them, but if you look at the whole data set, you see what the majority opinion is.
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Posted in ASLA, GOODS on September 29, 2012 |
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Landscape Structures’ booth at the ASLA EXPO in Phoenix
A jungle in the middle of the desert is surprising enough, but it’s even more startling when it’s in the middle of the Phoenix Convention Center. Landscape Structures wowed the crowd at the ASLA EXPO today with its plant-themed play structure, complete with climbing elements and slides.
The ASLA EXPO is the only show where every one of the exhibitors is relevant to landscape architects, and the attendees of the 2012 Annual Meeting are making the most of the opportunity to check out products they can use in their work. If you’re at the meeting, don’t miss the chance to see what’s here. And if you can’t make it, keep an eye on LAM’s Goods column to see some of what you missed.
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Posted in ASLA on September 29, 2012 |
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The ASLA Annual Meeting has brought thousands of landscape architects to Phoenix this weekend. Only a dozen or so showed up for a session on the ACE Mentor Program yesterday, but it was quite a lively event nonetheless. ACE is a program that works with professional designers, engineers, and construction workers to reach out to high school students interested in those fields. The grassroots program varies a little from city to city, but the basic idea is to have the students select a project and then work through the entire design process. Sometimes, they even get to build what they design.
Joseph M. Cole went through the program ten years ago, at the suggestion of his drafting teacher. ACE helped him realize that being an architect was an obtainable goal, he told the audience. Today he works for Thomas, Miller & Partners and he is a mentor himself. “It’s an awesome opportunity to network with other mentors,” he says.
Nationwide, the program engages about 8,000 students and 5,000 mentors per year. Two-thirds of those students are minorities and a third are young women. One group they haven’t been reaching so well, however, is landscape architects.
Robert J. Golde, ASLA, a landscape architect at Towers|Golde, thinks that’s a shame. He told the audience being a mentor has helped him to enlighten other professionals about the skills he has as a landscape architect. And it is inspiring as well: “It really gives you a fresh look on things,” he says, “which is always good as a designer.”
The organization has a booth at the ASLA Expo. If you are here in Phoenix, and you are interested in getting involved, you can visit them today or tomorrow. Or you can check out their website.
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