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2018 CSI Teams and Projects Announced

thesandlotMahan Rykiel Associates' The Sand Lot in Baltimore, Maryland

Seven faculty Research Fellows and eight high-performing landscape projects have been selected for LAF’s 2018 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches faculty-student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Teams develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits and produce Case Study Briefs that are published in LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series.

Research Fellows lead the CSI collaboration and receive funding to support a student Research Assistant. Participants from each firm serve as liaisons and work with the academic team. This year, each of the five teams will study one to two projects (instead of three, as in past years) in order to increase the breadth and depth of the research.

The selected projects include waterfront sites, brownfield reclamations, and — a CSI first — a pop-up park and restaurant. The diverse public spaces include a SITES-certified heritage site and a SEED-certified park designed to promote social equity.

The 2018 CSI program kicks off in February and runs through early August. We look forward to working with this impressive group and to learning more about these outstanding projects and their impacts!

CSI Research Fellow:
Catherine De Almeida, University of Nebraska
Student Research Assistants: Hannah LoPresto and Brandon Zambrano

  • Design Workshop - P Street Corridor, Lincoln, NE
  • Sasaki - Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, Council Bluffs, IA

CSI Research Fellow:
Lisa DuRussel, RLA, LEED AP, Pennsylvania State University
Student Research Assistant: Aastha Singh

  • Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects - West Point Foundry Preserve, Cold Spring, NY
  • SWA - Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, Queens, NY

CSI Research Fellows:
Jon Calabria, Alfred Vick, and Brian Orland, University of Georgia
Student Research Assistant: Rachael Shields

  • HDR, Inc - Historic Fourth Ward Park Phase 1, Atlanta, GA
  • HDR, Inc - University of Georgia Science Learning Center, Atlanta, GA

CSI Research Fellow:
George Bradley Guy, Assoc AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SEED, Catholic University of America
Student Research Assistant: Jazzmin Reid

  • Depot Park, Gainesville, FL

CSI Research Fellow:
Pavlina Ilieva, AIA, Morgan State University
Student Research Assistant: Naomi Wong Hemme

  • Mahan Rykiel Associates - The Sandlot, Baltimore, MD
  1. Alexandra @ Emergency Wigan PlumberMar 19th, 2018 12:22am
    Alexandra @ Emergency Wigan Plumber said:

    It sounds like they are very interesting projects.

  2. Wayne @ Manchester Plumbers 24 7 365Mar 16th, 2018 7:35pm
    Wayne @ Manchester Plumbers 24 7 365 said:

    The place in the photo looks fantastic!

  3. ChrisMar 5th, 2018 10:15pm
    Chris said:

    Good information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on this!

  4. Chiropractor Monroe NCMar 1st, 2018 2:23pm
    Chiropractor Monroe NC said:

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  5. Rob @ Emergency Stockport PlumberFeb 24th, 2018 5:30pm
    Rob @ Emergency Stockport Plumber said:

    Here's to a good 2018 then :-)

  6. TanerJan 25th, 2018 3:14pm
    Taner said:

    Congratulations to 2018 fellows/participants!

  7. Pool Deck ResurfaceJan 15th, 2018 10:22am
    Pool Deck Resurface said:

    Great piece! Thanks

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