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To date, over 800 built environment professionals from around the world have signed LAF’s New Landscape Declaration, a new vision and 21st century call to action for landscape architecture. Have you signed?
By signing the Declaration, you join us in asserting the vital role of landscape architecture in solving the defining issues of our time: climate change, species extinction, rapid urbanization, and inequity. Together, we can amplify our voices at this critical time when the talents and services of the landscape architecture community are so vitally needed.
Here are some of the inspiring comments we’ve received:
- “It’s time to reinvigorate our profession with a new and bold vision that addresses the complex social, environmental and political challenges facing the planet.” — Jeffrey Hou, Seattle, Washington
- “As a landscape architect and environmentalist I believe our unique skill set is desperately needed. Especially now.” — Kerry Mattie, North Haven, Connecticut
- “Never has there been a more urgent need for us to join hands and walk in the same direction towards this complex common goal.” — Amy Rampy, Austin, Texas
- “The New Landscape Declaration is an eloquent call to action for the immediate and long future of our profession and our world. Every design decision needs to be made within its context.” — Ann Milovsoroff, Shelburne, Vermont
- “Landscape is our remedy for our sicknesses.” — Tiganila George, Bucharest, Romania
- “The need for interdisciplinary cooperation and vision has never seemed so urgent. As a profession people must engage at the policy level and also at the entertainment and political realm in new and innovative ways. We must show the value of landscape architecture as a means to better our communities and the environment of those communities and the natural areas within and around them.” — Ann English, Rockville, Maryland
- “What I connect with in this declaration, is it’s relevance to all corners of the globe. Let’s foster imaginative solutions that are tangible.” — Bernice Rumble, Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- “Let’s turn words into action and double down on our commitment to our field and to our shared future.” — Roberto Rovira, Miami, Florida
- “We have a collective vision, let’s share our collective tools, and achieve some collective goals faster for the sake of the planet.” — Brian R Nicholson, Denver, Colorado
- “As an ally, I am inspired by your thoughtfulness and heart. Please, please, landscape architects, carry on!” — Daisy Barquist, Baltimore, Maryland
Show your support by signing the New Landscape Declaration and sharing it with your colleagues, students, classmates, clients, and others. www.lafoundation.org/declaration
LAF has selected 13 high-performing landscape projects for the 2017 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with design practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary landscape projects.
Participants from each firm will serve as liaisons and work with the 2017 CSI Research Fellows to evaluate and quantify the environmental, social, and economic performance of the selected projects. The resulting Case Study Briefs are published in LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series database of over 100 projects.
With projects spanning three continents, 2017 CSI promises to be an engaging experience with marked additions to the Landscape Performance Series. Projects this year include a pedestrian trail that connects two oceanside cities, a former ballast quarry, three healthcare facilities, a master planned community, two reclaimed elevated rail lines, and more.
The 2017 CSI program kicks off in February and runs through early August. The resulting Case Study Briefs from these participating firms and projects will be published in the fall:
- ASPECT Studios
The Goods Line, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
- Design Workshop
Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Lewisville, TX
- HGA Architects and Engineers
Hennepin County Medical Center Whittier Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, Owensboro, KY
Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees, NJ
- James Corner Field Operations + Friends of the High Line
The High Line, New York, NY
- McGregor Coxall
Ballast Point Park Birchgrove, Sydney, Australia
- PWP Landscape Architecture
Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, Australia
- TBG Partners
The Shops at Park Lane, Dallas, TX
Harvest, Argyle, TX
- Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute
Yanxiu Park, Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province, China
Huludao-Xingcheng Coastal Trail, Huludao and Xingcheng, Liaoning Province, China
- Wenk Associates
TAXI II, Denver, CO
We appreciate these firms’ interest in the landscape performance of this impressive list of projects, and we look forward to working with each of them.
LAF’s 2017 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program kicks off next week with six faculty CSI Research Fellows. 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 for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series.
CSI Research Fellows lead the CSI collaboration, work with firms to identify measurable impacts of select projects, develop evaluation methods, and oversee the case study production process. These select faculty members receive an honorarium and funding to support a student research assistant.
The following LAF CSI Research Fellows will lead the five 2017 Case Study Investigation teams:
- Richard Plunz, Columbia University
- Hong Wu, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
- Simon Kilbane and Andrew Toland, University of Technology Sydney
- Taner Ozdil, PhD, ASLA, University of Texas at Arlington
- Shan Jiang, PhD, West Virginia University
We look forward to working with this distinguished group! From February through early August, the CSI research teams will work to document the performance of 13 exemplary projects. Stay tuned — next week, we’ll announce the projects and firms selected for participation.
With heartfelt gratitude, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is pleased to announce that our LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign raised over $4,160,000 to support landscape architecture research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives. The 1.5-year-long campaign concluded on December 31, 2016 with 55 companies and 92 individuals contributing.
Soundly surpassing the campaign’s initial goal of $3.5 million, the funds raised will be used to expand LAF’s existing programs and support new initiatives to increase the capacity of the profession to meet the demands of the 21st century.
Three of the major campaign initiatives are already underway:
- Last fall, we launched the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, 3-5 annual awards of $25,000 for mid-career and senior level professionals to incubate new ideas. We received over 50 applications and will announce the inaugural group of Fellows in February.
- In 2016, we launched the endowed $20,000 LAF Honor Scholarship in Memory of Joe Lalli and will make the second annual award this spring.
- We’ve been building our Olmsted Scholars Program infrastructure to better connect and engage this growing group of over 400 rising young leaders.
For 50 years, LAF has worked to provide knowledge and resources to enable landscape architects to use their unique skills to change the world. The campaign provides critical support to help LAF continue this legacy of leadership and rise to take on current challenges.
We would like to specially thank the following donors for their leadership and significant commitments to the LAF: 50 & Forward Campaign:
Jeanne Dawson Lalli
Brightview and Brightview Design Group
Anonymous, in memory of Deb Mitchell
Joe Brown and Jacinta McCann
Mark and Doreen Dawson
Thomas C. and Gerry D. Donnelly
Lucinda Reed Sanders
Aquatic Design and Engineering
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
L.M. Scofield Company
D’Arcy and Diane Deeks
!melk landscape architecture & urban design
CMG Landscape Architecture
Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
James Corner Field Operations
The Office of James Burnett
PWP Landscape Architecture
Rain Bird Corporation
Chip and Pat Crawford
Kathleen Garcia and David Rapaport
Sara and Eric Gilbert
A full list of campaign donors can be found at: