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LAF has selected 18 high-performing landscape projects for its 2015 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading design practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary landscape projects.
Participants from each firm will work with the 2015 Research Fellows to evaluate the environmental, social, and economic performance of the selected projects. The resulting Case Study Briefs are published to LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series database of over 100 projects.
The 2015 projects will add unrepresented geographies — namely South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Saudi Arabia — to the Landscape Performance Series. While many are civic projects of national or regional significance, the list also includes university campus enhancements, a catalytic right-of-way reconstruction, part of the redevelopment of a former Naval Air Station, and the rehabilitation of a 120-km river corridor.
The 2015 CSI program kicks off in March and runs through early August. The resulting Case Study Briefs from these participating firms and projects will be published in the fall:
Northern Kentucky University Loch Norse Commons, Highland Heights, KY CARMAN
Sioux Falls Downtown River Greenway, Sioux Falls, SD
- Conservation Design Forum
Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center, Elmhurst, IL
- Design Workshop
Bagby Street Reconstruction, Houston, TX
- element design
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Alumni Plaza, Lexington, KY
- FourFront Design
Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD
Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, Durham, NC Jesse Turner Landscape Architect
- Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, TX
- Moriyama & Teshima
Riyadh Bioremediation Facility, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Wadi Hanifah Civic Parks, Nejd Region, Saudi Arabia
Wadi Hanifah Comprehensive Development Master Plan, Nejd Region, Saudi Arabia
Lower Howard’s Creek Corridor Management Plan, Clark County, KY
- site design group
Mary Bartelme Park, Chicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL SmithGroupJJR
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
- Swanson and Associates
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
- Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
The Belo Center for New Media, Austin, TX
- Wyss Associates
Mount Rushmore Memorial Visitor Services Redevelopment, Keystone, SD
An important aspect of landscape performance is the impact landscapes have on the public’s well-being; yet the general public doesn’t have a clear understanding of what this means to them in everyday life.
That’s where you could play a role. Our friends at the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) are seeking entries for the Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Foundation’s 2015 Wayne Grace Memorial Student Competition. The challenge: effectively communicate the vital role that landscape architects play in protecting and enhancing “public welfare”. The prize: $10,000!
This is not a typical student design competition. CLARB’s research on “Landscape Architecture and Public Welfare”, establishes seven key impacts that the landscape architecture projects have on public welfare. To enter the competition, pick one (or more!) of the impacts and create a communication piece (infographic, pamphlet, video, etc) that can be easily shared with the public.
- Ease of sharing with the general public
The competition is open to junior and senior undergraduate or graduate students in landscape architecture. Entries may be submitted by individuals or groups; for group entries, students in other disciplines may be members of the group, but a landscape architecture student must submit the entry.
Six faculty Research Fellows have been selected for LAF’s 2015 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 for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series.
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 following LAF Research Fellows will lead the six 2015 Case Study Investigation teams:
- Andrew Fox, PLA, ASLA, North Carolina State University
- Matthew James, Ed.D., South Dakota State University
- M. Elen Deming, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Christopher Sass, PhD, ASLA, University of Kentucky
- Jean Trottier, CSLA, CIP, University of Manitoba
- Allan Shearer, PhD, ASLA, University of Texas at Austin
We look forward to working with this outstanding group! The 2015 CSI program gets underway in March and runs through early August. The research teams will document the performance of 18 exemplary projects, which will be announced next week.
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) launched the 100 Firm Campaign at the end of 2012 as a way to increase the number of firms participating in the work of the Foundation through their financial support and thought leadership. Landscape architecture firms who make an investment of $1,000 or more join the 100 Firm Campaign and are recognized annually as part of the LAF Leadership Circle. Support from the community of landscape architects has allowed LAF to continue to grow and make an impact both in and outside of the profession.
“We are honored to recognize these leading firms for their contribution to LAF and the profession,” said Mark Dawson, FASLA, President of the LAF Board of Directors. “Through their collective support, we are able to scale up our efforts to cultivate the next generation of landscape architects, invest in research to provide greater evidence of the value of landscape architecture, and develop resources to increase the impact of the profession.”
Members of the 100 Firm Campaign are invited to provide input and feedback on LAF’s innovative programs and are given advance notice of forthcoming news and events. Though the 100-mark has been surpassed, LAF is continuing the 100 Firm Campaign as a way to get more firms more engaged with the Foundation. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
As of January 28, 2015 the following 101 firms have joined the 100 Firm Campaign:
AHBE Landscape Architects
Alta Planning + Design
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
April Philips Design Works
ARTECHO Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Brown, Richardson & Rowe
Bruce Dees & Associates
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio
Clark Condon Associates
CMG Landscape Architecture
Conservation Design Forum
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture
Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects
GLS Landscape | Architecture
Graham Landscape Architecture
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Halvorson Design Partnership
Hamilton Anderson Associates
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
James Corner Field Operations
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Klopfer Martin Design Group
Lee and Associates
Mahan Rykiel Associates
Mia Lehrer + Associates
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
Nievera Williams Design
Oehme van Sweden
Office of Cheryl Barton
Pamela Burton & Company
Peridian International Inc.
PWP Landscape Architecture
Quinlan + Quinlan
Rabben/Herman design office
Raymond Jungles, Inc.
Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Rhodeside & Harwell
Ridge Landscape Architects
robert chipman landscape architect, inc.
Site Design Group
SiteWorks Landscape Architecture
Stoss Landscape Urbanism
SvR Design Company
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Terry Guen Design Associates
The Office of James Burnett
Thomas Balsley Associates
ValleyCrest Design Group
W Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Wallace Roberts & Todd
Wilson Design Studio
by Josh Martin, President, Aquatic Design & Engineering
Aquatic Design & Engineering (ADE) was founded 28 years ago to provide sound engineering for aquatic features. Over time, we have refined and focused in on what our mission and values as a company should be — specifically with regard to developing enduring engineering solutions. As we moved toward those goals of sustainability and innovation, more and more our company’s mission became aligned with that of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), and now in retrospect, it is no surprise to me that we found a home with this organization.
At its core, the Landscape Architecture Foundation is a community of thought leaders who are passionate about elevating the practices in our industry. ADE became involved through LAF board members reaching out to their development partners, consultants and clients. I got a phone call from then- board member Gregg Sutton of EDSA telling me that LAF was something that ADE had to be a part of. He was right. I think that Gregg and others saw that ADE was interested in sustainability, but had yet to be challenged to really elevate its practices. Being involved with LAF has stretched us to do that.
While our company focused on delivering engineering that placed an emphasis on high-performance systems, we had not engaged fully with the industry’s movement toward sustainability. One of the main reasons was presumed additional costs for developers. Through our discussions with LAF board members and using the resources of LAF’s Landscape Performance Series, we have been able to develop life cycle costing for key components and provide sustainable engineering practices. The inspiration and passion of those board members encouraged us to continue improving the way water features and aquatic facilities are engineered.
ADE has placed a focus on innovating new, sustainable systems for our aquatics over the last few years in a fresh way. To echo the sentiments of LAF, we believe that water is a precious resource, but also a resource that can help create more engaging environments and amenities. Eliminating water features altogether in the name of sustainability would have a negative impact on future projects like community parks, public plazas and commercial developments. Instead, we focus on engineering these features in a sustainable way, thus enhancing the environment and helping the community as a whole.
An example of sustainable aquatics is a project ADE is working on for Walt Disney World’s multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a vibrant district that celebrates the turn-of-the century lakeside towns that dotted the Florida landscape. “The Disney Springs” is a water feature that will utilize the highest performance technology available. ADE has implemented filtration technology that creates as much as an 80% reduction in water lost to waste.
Outside of our work with Walt Disney World, our team is designing low-chlorine fountains and pools that use only the minimum required amount of chlorine. We also place a strong emphasis on incorporating design methods to reduce water lost during non-peak hours. These are just a few of the ways that ADE is innovating to improve sustainability in aquatics, and LAF has been a source of support and inspiration for that growth.
Josh Martin, MBA is the president of Aquatic Design & Engineering in Orlando, Florida. ADE specializes in sustainable, innovative aquatic features that create engaging environments for the community.