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Claude Cormier: How Sweet

There’s no swimming at Sugar Beach, but the crowds come anyway.

By Daniel Jost, ASLALAM-Jan2013-SugarBeachSkyline

 It’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or, as they say here in Toronto, a balmy 27 degrees. Stephanie McCarthy leans back in a white Adirondack chair and digs her feet into the sand. On Canada’s Sugar Beach she’s just a short walk from her downtown apartment, though as she sits in the shade of a pink umbrella, it seems a little unreal. “It feels like you’re somewhere tropical,” she says, “like a minivacation.” Continue reading Claude Cormier: How Sweet

The 2022 ASLA Awards Issue

Cover of October issue of LAM showing swing-like sculpture in Seattle park.
“Riverfront Spokane,” a 2022 ASLA Professional Award winner for General Design by Berger Partnership. Cover photo by Built Work Photography.

The October 2022 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine is the annual awards issue devoted to showcasing the ASLA Student and Professional Award winners, as well as the ASLA Honors recipients.

The Student Awards jury, led by Mark Hough, FASLA, reviewed 459 projects in eight categories and named just 19 award winners, including five Awards of Excellence. Dennis Otsuji, FASLA, chaired the 11-member Professional Awards jury, which reviewed 506 submissions across seven categories and awarded 28.

The efforts of the Student Award winners revealed a growing concern over the impacts of climate change and the need to solve problems with a combination of rigorous research and imaginative designs. Students are clearly looking forward to a future in which landscape interventions can make a real difference on the local and global scales.

In the Professional Awards, look for projects that focus on social justice, climate resilience, site responsiveness, and financial feasibility. The winning teams vigorously pursued community input, often in inventive ways. Jurors were impressed with approaches that asked the right questions and laid a foundation on which other landscape architects could build.

Among the ASLA Honors is the Bradford Williams Medal. LAM’s Editorial Advisory Committee selects two Bradford Williams Medal awards each year, one published in LAM and one in a mainstream publication, that demonstrate excellence in writing about landscape architecture.

For writing in LAM, the winner is “Paths Forward,” by Katharine Logan, in LAM’s August 2021 issue, on the work of reconciliation in action in Canada.

For writing in the general media, the winner is “Manufacturing Nature,” by Eric Klinenberg, The New Yorker, August 9, 2021, on the work of Kate Orff, FASLA, and SCAPE.

As landscape architecture becomes more visible to the public in this era of climate emergency, the ability of journalists to write critically about the role of design and landscape is particularly vital.

Also in this issue:

  • Now: MASS Design Group expands habitat for Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. (Online October 12)
  • Now: North Carolina’s riverfront parks must do more to stay dry.
  • Now: A bike-friendly park by Offshoots makes a big impact in a small footprint. (Online October 26)
  • Now: A new atlas will track land restoration and conservation nationwide.
  • Now: Hood Design Studio builds crows’ nests at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (Online October 19)


A deck park proposal for the city of Peoria picks up speed.

By Jennifer Reut

A concept for InterPlay Park called “The Window” would allow visitors to observe the highway traffic below. Image by Terrain Work.

Seattle’s Freeway Park, Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, and Dallas’s Klyde Warren Park. Although all three highway deck parks are known outside their home cities for their audacious design and engineering, it’s the third, by OJB, that arguably has set off a wave of similar projects in the past several years. Continue reading Inter-Active

Finding Community in the Floodwaters

Designers from SCAPE’s New Orleans and New York offices talk about the lessons from Hurricane Ida, in and out of the office.

By Jennifer Reut

In early September, a few days after Hurricane Ida raked through Louisiana on its way up the East Coast, three designers from SCAPE Studio met up on Zoom to talk with Landscape Architecture Magazine’s Acting Editor, Jennifer Reut, about Ida’s aftermath. Continue reading Finding Community in the Floodwaters

Big Bend in the Road

As part of an ongoing effort to make content more accessible, LAM will be making select stories available to readers in Spanish. For a full list of translated articles, please click here.

Four communities in remote West Texas try to find a way to manage the future before it runs over them.

By Jennifer Reut 

There are a lot of different kinds of roads in Texas. There are state and federal highways that pull truckers through long stretches of the state from one town to another. They tangle up briefly in urban and suburban streets before heading west. Continue reading Big Bend in the Road