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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is one 38 national, regional, state, and local nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Art Works grant in the Design category.
LAF is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support the Summer 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Ten research teams will participate in the Summer 2012, and the NEA grant will fund half of the $5,000 stipend paid to the student Research Assistant on each team.
“We are thrilled that NEA is investing in this research to show the environmental, economic, and social value of exemplary design,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, ASLA.
The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications for this round of Art Works funding. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Visit the NEA website for a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support.
Over 20 design firms and 30 projects have been selected for LAF’s 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. This unique research collaboration matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects as Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.
Participating firms were selected based on the the quality of projects submitted, potential to produce comprehensive quantified benefits, availability of baseline information, and commitment to the research collaboration. Practitioners provide the background information and narrative for projects, help identify potential performance benefits and information to quantify them, and provide the faculty-student research teams with access to key project personnel, photos, documents, clients, and other stakeholders.
The collaborations are now underway — look for updates throughout the summer and new Case Study Briefs in the fall from these participating firms and projects:
Stuyvesant Cove Waterfront Open Space AECOM
- Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute
Beijing Olympic Forest Park
Tangshan Nanhu Eco-city Central Park
- The Berger Partnership
Magnuson Park Wetlands
- CDF, Inc.
Queens Botanical Garden Visitor Center
Charles City Permeable Streetscape
- Design Workshop
Cherry Creek North & Fillmore Plaza
South Grand Boulevard Great Streets Initiative
Park Avenue/ Highway 50
- Ecological Landscape Design & Restoration
Stone Mill at the New York Botanical Garden
Castiglion del Bosco
- EPT Design
Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies
- Jones and Jones
Cedar Lake Park and Trail
- KMS Design Group
Black Rock Sanctuary
- Mia Lehrer + Associates
Vista Hermosa Natural Park
- MIG, Inc.
West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail
Eden Hall Campus at Chatham University
Hubbard Homestead Park
- Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
Tunjunga Wash Greenway
Celebrezze Federal Building Plaza
- Frederick Law Olmsted
Back Bay Fens
- Reed Hilderbrand
Central Wharf Plaza
- SWA Group
Cross Creek Ranch
- UW Campus Sustainability Fund
Biodiversity Green Wall & Water Harvesting System
- Wells Appel
Pennswood Village Regional Storm Water Quality and Management System
Friday, April 27, 2012
The Center for Architecture
536 La Guardia Place, New York, NY 10012
As part of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ High-Performance Lecture Series, LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch will present the Landscape Performance Series and how to quantify performance benefits. Each of these 1-hour sessions qualifies for one LACES HSW CEU. Presentations will be followed by a networking cocktail reception.
Greg Searle, Executive Director, BioRegional North America
1:15-2:10pm Ecological Footprinting and One Planet Communities Case Studies
2:15-3:10pm Engaging Residents: Designing and Operating for Sustainable Lifestyles
Barbara Deutsch, ASLA, Executive Director, Landscape ArchitectureFoundation
3:30-4:25pm A Primer on LAF’s Landscape Performance Series
4:30-5:25pm How to Quantify Benefits of Your High Performance Landscapes
Members (ASLA, AIA, Hort): $79.00