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2014 CSI Firms and Projects Announced

A total of 21 projects – submitted by 14 design firms, one organization and one institution – have been selected for LAF’s 2014 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 2014 Research 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, availability of baseline information, potential for quantified performance outcomes and the firm’s commitment to the research collaboration.

The selected projects represent a wide variety of typologies, locations and climates. The various public parks include several prominent brownfield reclamations, as well as plazas, streetscapes, creek restorations, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learning environments include three university campus sites and two exemplar public schools designed to encourage student appreciation of the sciences. Among the selected projects, several have been recognized with SITES and LEED certifications, while others were awarded national research grants from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Commerce.

The 2014 CSI program kicks off in March. Starting in the fall, look for the resulting Case Study Briefs from these participating firms and projects:

  • City of Charlottesville and the Nature Conservancy
    Meadow Creek Restoration
  • EDSAchattanooga-500w-m1tHargreaves' Chattanooga Renaissance Park
    NOVA Southeastern University
    Pompano Beach Streetscape
  • Hargreaves Associates
    Chattanooga Renaissance Park
  • Jacobs/Ryan Associates
    Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy
  • Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect
    Buffalo Public High School 305, McKinley High School
  • Morton Arboretum
    Meadow Lake Restoration & Permeable Main Parking Lot
  • Perkins + Will
    1315 Peachtree Streetatlantabelt-500wPerkins + Will's Atlanta Belt Line Eastside Trail
    Atlanta Belt Line Eastside Trail
  • PWP Landscape Architecture
    Nasher Sculpture Center
  • Raymond Jungles, Inc.
    1111 Lincoln Road
  • Rhodeside & Harwell
    James Madison University College of Integrated Sciences & Technology
  • Rick Manning Landscape Architect
    TREE Neighborhood, Eco Village at Ithaca
  • Rios Clementi Hale Studios
    Pete V. Domenici Courthouse
  • Site Design Groupcavalliere-500wSmithGroupJJR's Doc Cavialliere Park
    Henry Palmisano Park
  • SmithGroupJJR
    AT&T Performing Arts Center
    George “Doc” Cavialliere Park
  • Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
    Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center/Smith Education Center at Monticello
    Plaza at Sundance Square
  • Wolf Lighthall
    Cornell University Nevin Welcome Center

2014 CSI Research Fellows Announced

Eight faculty Research Fellows have been selected for LAF’s 2014 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.

csi-graphic-v2Research 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 proposals received from over 27 researchers across the U.S and abroad. The following LAF Research Fellows will lead the seven 2014 Case Study Investigation teams:

  • Chris A. Martin, PhD, Arizona State University
  • Michele Palmer, Cornell University
  • Ebru Ozer, Florida International University
  • Mary Pat Mattson, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Brad Collett, University of Tennessee
  • Taner R. Ozdil, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington
  • James P. Richards, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Leena Cho, University of Virginia

Congratulations to this impressive group! Later this week, we’ll announce the projects and firms selected for participation — stay tuned!

Help Us Create the Next Generation LPS

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is currently developing a new website to house its Landscape Performance Series and related resources. The goal of the redesign is to enhance the user experience with improved organization, new resources, and more ways to browse and search the content.

startrek-lps-300wTo help us create the most dynamic website possible, we are seeking input from a variety of LPS users, from the one-timers to the diehards. We’ve developed the following short surveys for different user groups.The surveys focus on your use of the LPS, what you find most useful, and what additional functionality and resources you would like to see. Please take a moment to complete the appropriate survey and tell us what you think!

As a thanks for completing the survey, your name will be entered into a drawing to win LAF’s award-winning book, “Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle’s Urban Community Gardens.”

LAF is also conducting phone interviews and focus groups for those wishing to provide more detailed feedback or engage in an open conversation about the website. If you are interested, please contact us at: lps@lafoundation.org.

Thank you in advance for your time, input, and assistance in making the Landscape Performance Series the best resource it can be!

Join LAF at the LA Expo Leaders' Reception

The 2014 LA Expo, a two-day trade show and educational conference in Long Beach, California, will feature a special Leaders’ Reception with all proceeds supporting Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) research and scholarships.

parkers-lighthouseParker's Lighthouse overlooking the harbor

Join LAF on Thursday, February 13 at Parker’s Lighthouse, known for its spectacular views of Long Beach Harbor. The event starts at 6pm, and the $75 ticket includes food, live music, and a hosted bar for the first hour. The evening will include a panel discussion with leaders in landscape architecture Mia Lehrer, FASLA, Susan Goltsman, FASLA and Stephanie Landregan, FASLA. Event sponsors include: ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, IRONSMITH, Landscape Architect and Specifier News, Scofield, SWG Trees, Old Town Fiberglass, Rainbird, and USA Shade & Fabric Structures, Inc. Many thanks to the LA Expo for this opportunity.

Purchase tickets here.
View sponsorship opportunities here.

The LA Expo also features a “Complimentary Learning Lab” with LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA on Friday, Feb 8 from 10-11am. Barbara will present the Landscape Performance Series, an online set of resources to quantify benefits, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

The LA Expo is the largest western trade show and educational conference for landscape architects, specifers, and design/build professionals. The LA Expo is produced by Landscape Communications, Inc and provides a regional venue where over 1,200 design and development professionals can exchange ideas, explore new products and technologies, and establish business relationships.

What's Next for Landscape Architecture?

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What’s Next for Landscape Architecture? LAF asked this question to attendees at the ASLA Annual Meeting EXPO in Boston. From the serious to the silly to the provocative, we got a great mix of responses from the leading practitioners, faculty, students, and others in the field. See the full range of answers on LAF’s Flickr Photostream.

We hope that your 2014 is off to a wonderful start, whatever the future holds!