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LAF and Landscape Performance at CELA

LAF, CSI, and landscape performance will be well-represented at the upcoming Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference March 27-30 at the University of Texas at Austin.

cela2013LAF will participate in four panel sessions on various aspects of evaluating landscape performance. There are also a number of presentations from past LAF Research Fellows and student Research Assistants on their Case Study Investigation (CSI) program research and projects. In addition to these Concurrent Sessions, LAF will host a morning meet-and-greet for the 2013 CSI Research Fellows and give updates at the CELA Board Meeting and Administrators Meeting .

 

Research & Methods Track

Session 1- Wed 3:20-4:30pm (Room: AT&T 203)
Presentations Based on 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) Research

Presentations:   Do Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits Always Complement Each
                              Other? A Study of Landscape Performance
                              Yi Luo, Ming-Han Li, PhD Texas A&M University

                              On the Research Front: 2012 CSI and the Case of Streetscape
                              Bo Yang, PhD, Yue Zhang, Pamela Blackmore, Utah State University

                              Quantifiable Landscape Performance Benefits: The Case of Brent Elementary
                              Mark Storie, Byoung-Suk Kweon, PhD, Chris Ellis, PhD, University of Maryland

                              Strategies for Developing Landscape Performance Case Studies
                              Jessica Canfield, Kansas State University, Bo Yang, PhD Utah State University

 

Session 2 - Thurs, 8:30-9:40am (Room: AT&T 107)
Evaluating Landscape Performance: Economic Benefits

Panel with:          Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Landscape Architecture Foundation
                              Bo Yang, PhD, Utah State University
                              Yue Zhang, Utah State University
                              Dennis Jerke, Texas A&M University

 

Session 4 - Thurs, 1:30-2:40pm (Room: AT&T 108)
Evaluating Landscape Performance: Environmental Benefits

Panel with:          Kristina Hill, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
                              Mary Myers, PhD, Temple University
                              Barry Lehrman, Cal Poly Pomona
                              Ming-Han Li, PhD, Texas A&M University

 

Session 5 - Thurs, 3:10-4:30pm (Room: AT&T 107)
Applying Science to Design for and Evaluate Performance

Panel with:          Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Landscape Architecture Foundation
                              Mark Simmons, PhD, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
                              Danielle Pieranunzi, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
                              Deb Mitchell, FASLA, SmithGroupJJR

 

Session 6 - Fri, 9:00-10:10am (Room: AT&T 203)
Evaluating Landscape Performance: Social Benefits

Panel with:          Linda Ashby, Landscape Architecture Foundation
                              Victoria Chanse, PhD, University of Maryland
                              Bo Yang, PhD, Utah State University
                              Byoung-Suk Kweon, PhD, University of Maryland

 

Session 7 - Fri, 10:40-11:50am
Two sessions include presentations on 2012 CSI projects:

                             Perception of a Functional Wetland Landscape in a Senior Living Community
                             Mary Myers, PhD and Allison Arnold, Temple University (Room: AT&T 107)

                             Cross Creek Ranch Master Planned Community: Landscape Performance
                             Ming-Han Li, PhD, Bruce Dvorak, and Yi Luo, Texas A&M University and Matt
                             Baumgarten, SWA Group (Room: AT&T 202)



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2013 CSI Research Fellows Meeting

Friday, 8:00-8:50am (Room: AT&T 104)
CSI Meet & Greet
Faculty members selected as 2013 LAF Research Fellows and any past CSI program participants are invited to this casual gathering to meet LAF staff, network with colleagues, and exchange information as the 2013 CSI program gets underway.

2013 CSI Firms and Projects Announced

A total of 20 design firms and 24 projects have been selected for LAF’s 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program.CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects.

Participants from each firm will work with the 2013 Reseach Fellows to evaluate the performance of one or more built projects and produce Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs. Projects are selected based on design innovation, potential to produce comprehensive quantified benefits, availability of baseline information, and the firm’s commitment to the research collaboration.

The 2013 CSI program is just getting underway. You can expect to see new Case Study Briefs in the fall from these participating firms and projects:

  • Alameda County Surplus Property Authoritycsi-advocatelutheranhospitalCDF's Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
    Tassajara Creek Restoration
  • Conservation Design Forum
    Ann Arbor Municipal Center
    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • de la fleur LLC
    One Drop at a Time
  • Design Workshop
    Capitol Valley Ranch
    Cascade Garden
    Riverside Ranchcsi-eriestplazaStoss Landscape Urbanism's Erie St Plaza
  • Fred Phillips Consulting
    Yuma East Wetlands
  • Ground, Inc
    Parc Nouvelle: A Tapestry of Experiences and Planting
  • Hitchcock Design Group
    Boneyard Creek Restoration: Scott Park and the Second Street Detention Basin
  • Jacobs/Ryan
    Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home: Green + Wired
  • Living Habitats
    Chicago Botanic Garden Lake Shoreline Enhancement Projects
  • MIG
    Napa River Flood and Watershed Protectioncsi-chicagobotanicgardenLiving Habitats' Chicago Botanic Garden Lake Shoreline Enhancement Projects
  • The Office of James Burnett
    Klyde Warren Park
  • OLIN
    Simon and Helen Director Park
  • PWP Landscape Architecture
    UT at Dallas Landscape Improvements
  • Richard Burck Associates
    Watch Factory
  • SmithGroupJJR
    Carmel Clay Central Park
    Millikin State Park & Harbor
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanismcsi-randallkidshospitalZGF Architects' Randall Children's Hospital
    Erie Street Plaza
  • SWA Group
    Buffalo Bayou Promenade
  • Terry Guen Design Associates
    63rd St Beach
  • WRT
    Dutch Kills Green
  • Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
    Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

2013 CSI Research Fellows Announced

Nine faculty Research Fellows have been selected for LAF’s 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty and student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects as Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.

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Research Fellows lead the CSI collaboration, work with firms to identify performance benefits 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 selection process was highly competitive with applications received from over 20 researchers and 32 firms from across the U.S. The following LAF Research Fellows will lead the eight 2013 Case Study Investigation teams:

  • Maria Bellalta, Boston Architectural College
  • Aidan Acker, Boston Architectural College
  • M. Elen Deming, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jinki Kim, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • G. Mathias Kondolf, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • Mary Pat Mattson, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Taner R. Ozdil, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Roxi Thoren, University of Oregon
  • Bo Yang, PhD, Utah State University

Congratulations to this accomplished group! Stay tuned for an announcement of the projects and firms selected for participation.

New CSI Video Features Research Fellows

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LAF Research Fellows are leading the way in helping students find funded research opportunities and providing critical professional development through LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. The program’s benefits extend beyond research assistants, and also provide savvy marketing and advocacy tools for practitioners making the case for sustainability.  

In a new video, LAF Research Fellows discuss CSI, and highlight some of its merits for students, researchers, firms, and the landscape architecture discipline. Click here to view.

It’s not just an academic conversation, and it’s not just a practice conversation. This is the time, not to sit on the sidelines, but to get in.
 - Kristina Hill, PhD, Associate Professor, Univeristy of California Berkeley

We need to prove to the rest of the world that we can do those other functions well, and successfully, and over time, and just as reliably as a hard solution.
 - Alexander Robinson, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

You are upraising a new generation of experts on understanding and measuring performance.
 - Jessica Canfield, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University


Academia can help make that bridge, to make research more readily available to the profession and to clients.
 - Nancy Rottle, Associate Professor, University of Washington


It’s a unique bridge between practice and education –  for students, and for the faculty, and for the firms.
 - Bo Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Utah State University


Exploring Performance Metrics: From Downtown Boston to the Italian Countryside

By Jennifer Salazar, PhD Candidate in Urban & Regional Planning and Victoria Chanse, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

One of the many benefits of participating in the Case Study Investigation (CSI) program has been examining a variety of projects in order to develop metrics suitable for each one. As we’ve investigated and developed potential metrics, we’ve started to uncover some interesting lines of inquiry for theory and practice.

We’ve worked on three fascinating sites, each with a different design emphasis and unique landscape performance benefits. Some of the performance questions that we’ve tried to examine range from the social and economic dimensions (What is the value of green space in a dense urban area? What is the restorative benefit from views of greenery?) to the ecological (What benefits does a water feature in an urban plaza offer to birds?)

EDSA’s Castiglion del Bosco: Cultural Heritage and Tourism Benefits

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The 45,000-acre Castiglion del Bosco in the Tuscany region of Italy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that operates as a hotel, winery, and private member club. To document performance, we needed to understand and develop cultural preservation and tourism benefits. The distance, language barriers, and the fact that this is a private estate posed a number of challenges, not least of which was to quantify the conservation and restoration of a historic landscape along with the preservation of regional cultural traditions (including design traditions) related to land use and management. For insight on this, we turned to a variety of different resources, including information from the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

Reed Hilderbrand’s Central Wharf Plaza: A Tree Canopy Oasis

csi-umd-vc2The 13,100-sf Central Wharf Plaza provides shade and a place to relax.

The Central Wharf Plaza offers a source of respite in a busy area of downtown Boston, Massachussetts. The tiny plaza’s 26 mixed-species oaks stand in marked contrast to the wide-open swath of nearly treeless parks that cover Boston’s infamous Big Dig. The plaza has been a major draw for downtown workers, student groups visiting the New England Aquarium, and tourists and commuters walking to nearby ferries. In evaluating performance, some of the challenges were trying to quantify carbon sequestration and determine the variety of social benefits such as sitting, pedestrian circulation, occupant experiences, and benefits from views of the trees. Some of these challenges also applied at our third case study site described below.

Sasaki’s The Avenue: New Approaches to Urban Sustainability

csi-umd-vc3Recording observations in The Avenue's central courtyard

This 2.6-acre site in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, DC is a model of transit-oriented development and beautiful, innovative stormwater management design. At a system scale, the project functions well in terms of stormwater collection, wide sidewalks for the high volume of pedestrians, and a beautiful courtyard space with an iconic water feature. At the scale of the plaza, are the more difficult-to-measure but important-to-consider landscape performance benefits. Sounds of the small fountain, cooler areas by the water, and green space provide a wonderful respite from the urban intensity of the adjacent university, hospital, and Metro station. The surprising number of small birds (not pigeons) also add to the experience of the small plaza.

CSI has been a great experience in terms of investigating and exploring which performance metrics are most measurable and useful to assessing a site. The collaboration between academic research and landscape architecture practice is invaluable — it was great to get out and measure how built projects are actually performing and to learn first-hand about the challenges firms face when implementing sustainable design practices.

Professor Victoria Chanse and student Research Assistant Jennifer Salazar are participating in LAF’s 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program and working to quantify the landscape performance benefits at three diverse project sites.