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Browsing through the latest issue of Azure magazine, one can see socially conscious design is making its way even into the far reaches of Winnipeg, Canada. Folly Forest, a great, small project at the Stratchona School, which is in a low-income neighborhood, was put together with just $80,000 by local design firm Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects and Urban Designers.

50-year old asphalt was broken apart so 100 trees could be planted within bright red and yellow-lined star-shaped spaces. Azure tells us: “To add rich texture and provide ground cover for the new plantings, they arranged bricks, logs, and stones inside the bases.”

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There are also “rusty cauldrons” and “silvery wooden beams,” found objects that add an industrial glamor.

The project has deservedly taken home a ton of Canadian design awards. Azure‘s jury gave it a merit award, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) awarded it a citation. CSLA said the project “demonstrates the immense potential of landscape architecture as a spatial and social transformer. It showcases how a simple measure can take ecological and aesthetic effects and turn them into the formative element of design.”

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The Prairie Design Awards also honored the project, writing that at just $20 per square foot, nature is allowed to “take root through an asymmetrically disposed composition of newly planted trees, benches, follies and earthen mounds. The program fosters playful engagement, through the eyes of a child, and provides any visitor, young or old, to engage with a truly delightful and special place.”

But beyond all the accolades from the design world, the teachers and kids at the school seem to get a lot of out their rugged new green space, too. Erin Hammond, a teacher at Stratchona School, told CBC News, the new space has been a boon for the kids. “It’s just been an amazing enticement to get kids outside.”

Teachers are using the green space to start new conversations about ecology. “Kids are going, ‘How come that tree has more leaves than this one?’ Well, that one has more sun than this one,” said Hammond.

See a video about the project.

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The American Society of Landscape Architects has launched a new Career Discovery web site to help young people explore the profession of landscape architecture. To help teachers steer young people towards the field, a new resource center has also been created, filled with classroom activities.

The Career Discovery website, aimed at students in middle school and high school, explains what a landscape architect does and how to become one. With a background that features the evolution of Columbus Circle in New York City from sketch to reality, the website shows how landscape architects creatively solve complex urban and environmental issues through design. Columbus Circle was redesigned by OLIN, a landscape architecture firm, and received a 2006 ASLA Honor Award in the General Design category.

The website also includes two videos—“Personal Paths” and “Why Become a Landscape Architect?”—featuring landscape architects and designers on why landscape architecture is the perfect career for art- and science-oriented students.

Tools for Teachers is a new education hub for K-12 teachers.  It is loaded with fun, free classroom activities that will inspire lesson plans and start classroom dialogues about landscape architecture. It includes links to all of ASLA’s educational resources, including:

“Students need to know at an earlier age why landscape architecture is a fun, rewarding, and important career that helps communities become great places to live,” said Mark A. Focht, FASLA, president of ASLA and first deputy commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. “Our educational and career discovery resources will help them and their teachers get excited about what we do and why it matters.”

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The ASLA public awareness campaign launched the Year of Public Service (YPS) in 2013 for two reasons. First, the campaign encouraged ASLA members to ramp up existing pro-bono efforts. Second, ASLA wanted to highlight the great service projects already done by landscape architects across the country.

A year later, the YPS blog boasts nearly 50 projects, with more still trickling in. Just a few examples: in the past year, landscape architects have created a new scenic trail plan; designed a healing, sensory garden; built a butterfly and bird habitat; and launched a community space, all for deserving communities.

A New Vision for the Great Shasta Rail Trail

Many projects, like the Great Shasta Rail Trail (GSRT), took advantage of longstanding relationships between ASLA chapters and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. See the video above.

The vision for the project was to develop an 80-mile scenic, multi-use trail along the existing rail bed between the towns of McCloud and Burney, near Mt. Shasta, California. The workshop addressed the project’s many design challenges while generating concepts that can be used to communicate with the public.

 A New Sensory Garden for Outside the Box

The Indiana Chapter of ASLA designed and installed a sensory garden for a non-profit, Outside the Box (OTB). Located on the north side of Indianapolis, OTB is a provider of day, employment, and art services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. OTB views their 200 patrons as capable individuals who can enrich their own lives through contributions to their community.

The chapter’s public service committee visited OTB to observe a typical day while meeting staff and participants, and decided to host a design charrette for a new sensory garden. Last April, Indiana ASLA held a one-day work session during National Landscape Architecture Month.

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Sensory Garden construction / Indiana ASLA

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Sensory Garden / Indiana ASLA

ASLA Indiana voted to provide maintenance funds to OTB to keep the garden looking beautiful year after year.

A New Butterfly and Bird Habitat for Southside Elementary School

Also featured on the blog are many member submissions. Michael Gilkey, ASLA, was integral to establishing an edible garden along with a bird and butterfly garden in Sarasota, Florida. He even lead kindergarten classes in the creation of their own shoebox butterfly gardens.

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Southside Elementary Eco-Garden Co-Chair Emily Morgan helps a third grade class release their own hatched monarch into the newly certified butterfly and bird habitat garden / Michael A. Gilkey, Inc.

When the garden team of the Southside elementary school approached Gilkey about the dire need to redo the front school façade, he volunteered his time and designs to create a butterfly and bird habitat garden that would welcome students and parents into the historic building. The garden was planted in early 2013, and is now considered a certified wildlife habitat.

A New Community Space in Athens

Thanks to the students who attended LABash 2013, an annual landscape architecture student symposium, Athens-area Habitat for Humanity created a new community space at The Foundation, an apartment complex, in an area once riddled with crime. Athens Habitat bought The Foundation property, renovated the units, and created a haven for deserving families to call home.

The students who participated in this year’s LABash were encouraged to team up and submit a plan for a community space in a quick-fire competition organized by the University of Georgia Center for Community Design and Preservation. At least 60 students from 18 universities competed.

The submissions were judged by a panel of experts comprised of sponsors, UGA faculty, Habitat staff, and Tom Tavella, FASLA past-ASLA president. The competition allowed students to gain real design experience, while strengthening ties between UGA and Athens businesses and nonprofits. Once the winning teams were chosen, construction commenced.

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Winning design / UGA LABash 2013 Facebook Page

ASLA’s chapters, members, and students are making the country a better place, but this is nothing new. Many landscape architects do pro-bono projects every year. This campaign just highlighted those efforts. See all YPS projects.

This guest post is by Phil Stamper-Halpin, ASLA PR and Communications Coordinator

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DesignIntelligence recently announced its 2014 landscape architecture graduate and undergraduate program rankings. For the first time since 2007, Pennsylvania State University came in at the top of undergraduate landscape architecture programs, unseating long-time leader Louisiana State University. For the tenth year, Harvard University came in as the best graduate program in the annual survey conducted by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council.

Detailed rankings are available in the 14th edition of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools, which assesses program rankings and education trends in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and industrial design.

Respondents from nearly 800 “professional practice” organizations (up nearly double over last year) answered questions about how well prepared graduates are from different undergraduate and graduate programs. Some 74 percent said they “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the state of landscape architecture education in the U.S., down from 80 percent last year. Some 64 percent found that graduating students had an “adequate understanding” of biology, biodiversity, and environmental degradation, also slightly down. Some 60 percent thought their firms benefited from the new ideas about sustainability that recent graduates brought with them.

This year, the top five emerging concerns by practitioners are:

    Sustainability / Climate Change (58 percent)
    Maintaining Design Quality (50 percent)
    Integrated Design (42 percent)
    Urbanization (35 percent)
    Retaining Quality Staff in Design Practices (31 percent)

Interestingly, sustainability / climate change became the top issue by far this year, a change over the past few years.

DesignIntelligence asks us to only list the top five schools for each program. To see the top fifteen rankings for each category, purchase the report.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree Rankings:

1) Pennsylvania State University
2) Louisiana State University
3) Purdue University
4) California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
5) University of Georgia

Master of Landscape Architecture Degree Rankings:

1) Harvard University
2) Kansas State University
3) Louisiana State University
4) University of Pennsylvania
5) Cornell University

An additional deans and chairs survey asked leaders of 63 landscape architecture academic programs about the top programs and the issues they find significant. According to 82 percent of the professors surveyed, the design profession’s biggest concern is climate change / sustainability, while another 66 percent said urbanization and 42 percent said globalization. The percentage identifying those issues has only increased over the past few years.

Among the biggest changes to curricula in the last 5 years: some 68 percent thought it was the greater “emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and integrated practice,” while 58 percent thought it was the increased focus on sustainable design.

For the third year, DesignIntelligence surveyed 679 landscape architecture students to gauge their satisfaction with the programs covered. Students were most satisfied at University of Pennsylvania followed by those at Cornell University and then the University of Virginia.

To see the full responses from professors and students, purchase the report.

Check out the 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 program rankings.

Lastly, a big round of applause to Dick Zweifel, FASLA, professor and associate dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, who was listed as a DesignIntelligence top 30 most admired educators for 2014. “His consistency and vision have kept Cal Poly SLO among the best education programs in multidisciplinary design professions.”

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released its call for entries for the 2014 professional and student awards, the premier awards programs for the profession. Award recipients will receive featured coverage in the October, 2014, issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and in many other design and construction industry and general-interest media.

Award recipients, their clients, and student advisors also will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver, November 15–18, 2014. The award-winning projects will be featured in a video presentation at the ceremony and on the awards website following the event.

The prestige of the ASLA awards programs relies on the high-caliber juries that are convened each year to review submissions. Members of this year’s professional awards jury are:

  • James Burnett, FASLA, Office of James Burnett, Solana Beach, Calif., Jury Chair
  • Catherine Barner, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco
  • Alain DeVergie, FASLA, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
  • Kona Gray, ASLA, EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • David Hocker, ASLA, Hocker Design Group, Dallas
  • Keith LeBlanc, FASLA, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, Boston
  • Anne Raver, Journalist, Reisterstown, Md.
  • Jerry van Eyck, ASLA, !melk, New York City
  • Thaisa Way, ASLA, University of Washington, Seattle.

Members of the student awards jury are:

  • Gina Ford, ASLA, Sasaki, Watertown, Mass., Jury Chair
  • Rebecca Barnes, FAIA, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Sandra Y. Clinton, FASLA, Clinton & Associates, Hyattsville, Md.
  • Bernard Dahl, FASLA, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Christian Gabriel, ASLA, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Eric Kramer, ASLA, Reed Hilderbrand, Watertown, Mass.
  • Willett Moss, ASLA, CMG Landscape Architecture, San Francisco
  • Brian Sawyer, ASLA, Sawyer/Berson, New York City
  • Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, Parker Rodriguez, Alexandria, Va.

Both the ASLA Professional and Student awards feature five categories: General Design; Residential Design; Analysis and Planning; Communications; and Research. The Professional Awards also include The Landmark Award, while the Student Awards include the Student Community Service Award and Student Collaboration categories.

Entry forms and payment must be received by:

March 7, 2014 for ASLA Professional Awards
April 25, 2014 for ASLA Student Awards.

Submission binders must be received by:

March 21, 2014 for ASLA Professional Awards
May 9, 2014 for ASLA Student Awards.

In need of inspiration? View the ASLA 2013 professional and student award-winning projects.

Image credit: ASLA 2014 Professional General Design Honor Award. The Crown Sky Garden: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Mikyoung Kim Design / George Heinrich Photography

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ASLA has announced the call for presentations for the 2014 Annual Meeting and EXPO, to be held in Denver, November 21-24 2014, at the Denver Convention Center. The deadline for education session proposals is January 30, 2014, and detailed information is available online. More than 6,000 attendees are expected.

The meeting will feature industry experts speaking on a wide range of subjects, from sustainable design to active living to best practices and new technologies. More than 130 education sessions and field sessions will be presented during the meeting, providing attendees with the opportunity to earn up to 21 professional development hours under the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™).

Many of the sessions will also qualify for continuing education credit with the Green Building Certification Institute (toward LEED AP credential maintenance), the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and other allied professional organizations and state registration boards.

In need of inspiration? See an overview of this past year’s sessions.

Submit your proposal by January 30, 2014.

Image credit: Denver Convention Center

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In what has become an annual tradition, The Dirt offers a number of must-have books on design and the environment that came by our desks this year. All would make great presents for your favorite landscape architect or designer. Here are our top ten books of 2013:

Garden Park Community Farm by Warren Byrd, FASLA, Thomas Woltz, FASLA, Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, and Stephen Orr (Princeton University Press, 2013)

This coffee-table book highlights some of their recent and best designs, but also showcases their philosophy as landscape architects, one that “encourages a responsiveness to the environment through artful design and ecological narratives that connect people to place.” Read the full review in The Dirt.

The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman (Portfolio, 2013)

From The New Republic review: “Zuckerman’s fast-paced, densely interesting The Frackers is the first book to tell the stories of the obstinate, ravenous, methodical, sometimes rascally oil executives of the recent boom. By focusing on people instead of trends, it gets to the heart of why the United States is once again the largest supplier of oil and gas in the world.”

Go: A Kidd’s Design to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd (Workman Publishing, 2013)

From Kirkus Reviews: “Beginning with the striking cover design—a red stop sign reading ‘GO’—this book challenges our assumptions about what we see and read. Kidd skillfully uses typography and illustration to demonstrate how graphic design informs the ways we make decisions that affect our lives. . . . An engaging introduction to a critical feature of our modern, design-rich environment.”

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton (St. Martin’s Press, 2013)

From The Atlantic magazine review: “Visually arresting and disarmingly deep… The photographs in this volume, some of which have never been published before, capture the city’s inhabitants with a commendable eye for demographic diversity and everyday street fashion. But it’s Stanton’s interviews with his subjects, usually excerpted from their rawest moments, that are the most captivating as they highlight both the hardship and the little victories of an often-unforgiving city.”

If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities by Benjamin Barber (Yale University Press, 2013)

In The New York Times Book Review, Sam Roberts, writes: “Barber’s book is the most audacious — even messianic — of a torrent of recently advanced urban manifestoes. He tosses out facts with abandon, all in an effort to persuade the reader that modern cities are the incubators for problem-solving while national governments are doomed to failure.”

In the City by Nigel Peake (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013)

Nigel Peake sees cities, wherever they are, as an aggregation of units: the smallest materials and patterns give shape to the larger ones (apartments, stores, and parking lots), and then greater collections (neighborhoods and boroughs). Streets and bridges also fascinate him, as they separate and define the units that make up the city, but are also central to its patterns. He is awed by the sheer diversity of textures in a city — and how they fragment and change over time, creating a new city in the process. Read the full review in The Dirt.

James Turrell: A Retrospective by Michael Govan, Christine Kim, Florian Holzherr, and others (Prestel, 2013)

“If you are unfamiliar with artist James Turrell, this is your chance to be immersed in his work, which harnesses space and light to play with your perceptions. If you are familiar, you will be dazzled by the breadth of his career, from sketches and small light projects to one of the most ambitious art projects in the world, the remolding of Roden Crater in Arizona that realigns the visitor with his or her senses…and the world.” — Terry Poltrack

The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience by Alexandros Washburn, Hon. ASLA (Island Press, 2013)

Entertaining and attractively designed, Alexandros Washburn’s new book provides a fantastic introduction to the discipline of urban design for non-designers. Washburn, the chief urban designer for New York City, uses New York City as a case study to explain what exactly urban designers do and why it matters. He broadly defines urban design as “the art of changing cities, guiding growth to follow new patterns that better meet our challenges while improving our quality of life.” Read the full review in The Dirt.

The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream by Thomas Dyja (Penguin Press)

From Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times architecture critic: “Thomas Dyja’s The Third Coast is a wonderful, beautifully-written, eye-opener and genuine page-turner about Chicago, as sweeping and astonishing as the city itself. It does nothing less than help rewrite postwar American history and culture and cure our bi-coastal myopia. It links half-a-century’s worth of economic and social changes with cultural revolution, racial strife with sexual upheaval, architecture with politics, literature with gospel music, Hugh Hefner with Tina Fey, Mies van der Rohe with Mayor Daley, Ray Kroc with Katherine Kuh—it’s the whole grand, messy American story, lived through bigger-than-life characters in a bigger-than-life city.”

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by Edward Burtynsky (Steidl, 2013)

From the Amazon.com review: “Often using a bird’s-eye perspective, the photographer shows us its remote sources, remarkable ancient step-wells and mass bathing rituals, the transformation of desert into cities with waterfronts on each doorstep, the compromised landscapes of the American Southwest. Furthermore, Burtynsky explores the infrastructure of water management: the gigantic hydroelectric dams and terraced rice fields in the heart of China, the vast irrigation systems of America’s bread basket and the use of aquaculture. The colour photographs in this book are poetic and at the same time highly relevant: they reveal another vital component of our life on earth that drives the bloom of civilization, and foreshadow the extent to which our future depends on our everyday behavior in dealing with this increasingly scarce resource.”

Also, here are a few notable books for sustainable landscape design educators, students, and practitioners: Principles of Ecological Landscape Design by Travis Beck, ASLA (see The Dirt review); Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces by Clare Cooper Marcus, Honorary ASLA, and Naomi Sachs, ASLA (see The Dirt review); Designing Urban Agriculture: A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Management of Edible Landscapes by April Philips, FASLA (see The Dirt review); Creating Green Roadways: Integrating Cultural, Natural, and Visual Resources into Transportation, James L. Sipes, ASLA, and Matthew L. Sipes (see The Dirt review); Rendering in SketchUp: From Modeling to Presentation for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design by Daniel Tal, ASLA (see The Dirt review); and R. Buckminister Fuller: World Man by Daniel Lopez-Perez (see The Dirt review).

For more, check out Books by ASLA Members, a hub offering up hundreds of books written over the years (all available via Amazon.com), and the top 10 books from 2012.

Image credit: Princeton Architectural Press

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At the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Mies Van Der Rohe in the mid-80s, there were tons of news stories, books, and conferences about the legacy of that great architect. But Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, head of the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), said nothing would have been done for famed Modern landscape architect Dan Kiley on his 100th, unless he and his organization had stepped up to honor him. At the opening of a new photography exhibition on the work of Kiley at the Boston Architectural College (BAC), Birnbaum said Kiley was only second to Frederick Law Olmsted in terms of the number of his landscapes that have been added to the national register of historic places.

In this exhibition, we see 27 of his 1,000 works of landscape architecture. The vast majority are in the U.S. but one remarkable landscape, L’Esplanade du Charles De Gaulle, leads up to La Defense in Paris. Newly-commissioned photographs were taken by some of the best landscape photographers, including Alan Ward, FASLA, who is also a partner at Sasaki Associates.

Birnbaum said it was important to document these landscapes so they don’t “die silent deaths.” He added that writing about Kiley is crucial to “making his legacy visible. It’s really a case of publish or perish.”

For Cornelia Oberlander, FASLA, the grand-dame of Canadian landscape architecture and a Kiley firm alumna, the Esplanade in Paris shows “how he brought the grandiose nature of structure into the landscape.” Pointing at a photo of the project, she said, “that’s Paris. It’s brilliant.”

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She said Kiley was inspired by 17th century French landscape designer Andre Le Notre, who laid out gardens with structural forms like grids and allees.  For her, Kiley’s legacy is taking that French structure and applying it to Modern landscapes everywhere. She said his genius was using a Modern approach to create a “classical feeling.”

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Oberlander’s favorite Kiley landscape is the Miller Garden in Columbus, Indiana, which is viewed as his residential masterpiece. She said “this shows a new way of thinking, a new way of living in the garden.”

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Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA, principal of Reed Hilderbrand, believes the best word to characterize Kiley is “itinerant,” given his constant travels across the U.S. creating so many works of landscape. He said Kiley was “deeply committed to landscape architecture.”

While he said cultures change — so most landscapes will not even last a hundred years — many of Kiley’s landscapes should live on, at least in some form. One he highlighted was the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, home to the famous arch by Saarinen. “The origins of that design need to remain in some form.”

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His favorite Kiley work is Fountain Place in Dallas, which he has to visit every time he goes to that city. “It’s otherworldy.”

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And how does he sum up Kiley’s legacy? “Kiley’s work transcends his era.” His landscapes go beyond Modernism. “There is an essential quality.”

Explore all the Kiley projects and photos online or buy a gallery guide.

Image credits: (1) Patterns / Roger Foley, (2-3) L’Esplanade du Charles de Gaulle / David Bacher, (4) Miller Garden / Millicent Harvey, (5) Jefferson National Expansion Memorial / David Johnson, (6) Fountain Place / Alan Ward.

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“When was the last time you spent two hours sitting still and looking at something? Really looking,” said Lluís Viu Rebés, principal at Max de Cusa Arquitects, at a workshop for design students at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. The workshop was an exercise in the practice of learning through close observation. “If you can draw it, you’re seeing it. If you’re seeing it, you’re thinking about it. Our goal today is to reveal the hidden language of things.”

Viu Rebés is perhaps most well known for his role in the design of the Yokohama International Port Terminal by Foreign Office Architects (FOA), a design heralded for blurring the boundary between landscape and structure (see image above). He’s a practicing architect and editor in chief of the Andorran boutique architectural publishing house Editorial Andorra.

Viu Rebés descibes himself as a person who cooks, fishes, and runs a bed and breakfast in the Pyrenees, which serves local organic produce. To call Viu Rebéss passion for farming a side project would be an understatement. To say it’s an influence on his design would be reductive. He is one of those rare individuals whose professional and personal lives operate in tandem. “The way to improve the profession,” Viu Rebés said, “is to constantly look through different lenses.” As his strenuous years on the Yokohama team would indicate, he’s capable of putting in long days in the studio, but he credits his success as a designer to close, patient observation and openness to broad influences.

This philosophy of rigorous, slow observation formed the basis of the drawing workshop at the University of Virginia. On an unseasonably warm Saturday morning in early October, Viu Rebés walked two-dozen undergraduate and graduate design students to a nearby day-lit stream.

After marking off a grid with 200-foot lengths of cotton twine, he assigned pairs of students to each grid line and presented the exercise: spend two hours registering anything along the linear course that interested us, with whatever notation we felt best conveyed our objectives.

In macro view, the site was fairly homogenous — a sloping mowed field interspersed with hardwood trees and crossed by a wide gravel path. Viu Rebés encouraged students to pace their grid lines several times before choosing what to chart, to look at elements above, below, and directly touching the line of string, and avoid being too literal in how conditions were represented. For two hours we stood, stooped, sketched, and studied.

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Afterwards, we returned to the studio to discuss our drawings and observe what happened at the intersections. Back on campus, Viu Rebés emphasized the ability of abstract representation to reveal unseen relationships that become inspiration for designs. “Abstract drawings have power,” he said. “They can become other things.” By way of example, he pointed out that many of our drawings were visually similar to musical scores.

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After the design debrief, Viu Rebés talked about his experience working on the Yokohama Terminal. Brought on to the project as a recent graduate, largely for his unorthodox vision as well as his expertise in geometry, he spent six years hand-drafting hundreds of iterations, building complexity in the project. He recalled that one of the competition judges, Pritzker-prize winner Toyo Ito, had voted for the project because he couldn’t understand it. “Ito said ‘It doesn’t look like architecture.’ He just wanted to see it built, to see if it could happen.”

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Twenty years later, what does he think of the project? “After all these years, I’m more interested in the life behind buildings than the buildings themselves,” Viu Rebés said.

This guest post is by Emily Vaughn, Masters of Landscape Architecture candidate, University of Virginia.

Image credits: (1,5) Yokohoma International Port Terminal / Lluís Viu Rebés, (2-4) Drawing with UVA Students / Emily Vaughn

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2013 Student Awards this week.

The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available online for free viewing. October’s LAM will be featured on the end-caps of the magazine sections in nearly 500 Barnes & Noble stores beginning October 14.

The awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Boston on Monday, November 18. Twenty-six awards will be presented to students, selected from 391 entries representing 91 schools.

The student awards jury included: Mikyoung Kim, ASLA, Chair; Michael Blier, ASLA; Kerry Blind, FASLA; James Coffman, ASLA; Gina Ford, ASLA; Lucy Lawliss, ASLA; Peter Osler, ASLA; and Prakash Pinto AIA, AICP.

General Design Category

Award of Excellence
Dredge City: Sediment Catalysis (see image above)
by Matthew Moffitt, Student ASLA, undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University

Honor Awards
50,000 Trees
by Sarah Moos, Student ASLA, graduate student at University of California, Berkeley

Future Hopley: Hutano, Mvura, Miti
by Leonardo Robleto Costante, Assoc. ASLA, graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania

The Horizontal Dike
by a graduate student team from the University of Pennsylvania

Sand Flows ǀ Oyster Forms
by Dasha Lebedeva, Student ASLA, graduate student at the University of Virginia

Aqua Delta
by Stephanie Hsia, Student ASLA, graduate student at Harvard Graduate School of Design

Migrating Beyond Boundaries
by a graduate student team from the University of Pennsylvania

Preservation as Provocation: Redefining Tourism
by Zheming Cai, Student ASLA, undergraduate student at Purdue University

Concrete Habitat Units
by an undergraduate student team from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Residential Design Category

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Award of Excellence
Paths of Life-Rethink the Relationship between Different Agriculture Landscapes and Community Life (see image above)
by a graduate student team from the University of Pennsylvania

Analysis & Planning Category

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Award of Excellence

Natural Water as Cultural Water / A 30-Year Plan for Wabash River Corridor in Lafayette (see image above)
by Daniel (Zhicheng) Xu, Student ASLA, undergraduate student at Purdue University

Honor Awards
The Overlapped City
by Chen Chen, Student ASLA, graduate student at Harvard Graduate School of Design

PROVIDENCE DIGS_Designing Soil Infrastructure for Grounded Urbanism
by Samantha Dabney, Assoc. ASLA, graduate student at Rhode Island School of Design

Re-Transforming Landscape at the Arroyo Seco Confluence
by Yingjun Hu, Assoc. ASLA, graduate student at the University of Southern California

Longhorn: In Defense of Change
by Andrew Doyle, Student ASLA, undergraduate student at Louisiana State University

Designing for Resilience: Reshaping Our University’s Campus for an Ecologically Sound Future
by an undergraduate student team from Purdue University

Communications Category

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Award of Excellence
Above Below Beyond (see image above)
by an undergraduate student team from Temple University

Honor Award
GROUND UP Issue 02: Grit
by a graduate student team from the University of California, Berkeley

Research Category

Honor Award
GROUNDWORK: Primary Productivity in the Hudson River Estuary
by an undergraduate student team from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Community Service

Honor Awards
Shadeworks: Designing and Building Community Shade
by a graduate student team from the University of Colorado, Denver

Design Teach
by a graduate student team from Cornell University

Ichi-Go Ichi-E Garden Courtyard
by an undergraduate student team from the University of Washington

Student Collaboration

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Award of Excellence

Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum
by an undergraduate student team from Mississippi State University

Honor Awards
METABOLIC CHANGE: Coastal Patterns of Human Settlement and Material Flow
by a graduate student team from Louisiana State University

The Armory: Resilient Minneapolis by Design
by a graduate student team from Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City

X-Scape
by an undergraduate student team from Arizona State University

Explore all 2013 student award winners.

Image credits: (1) ASLA 2013 Student General Award of Excellence. Dredge City: Sediment Catalysis by Matthew Moffitt, Student ASLA, undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University, (2) ASLA 2013 Student Residential Award of Excellence. Paths of Life-Rethink the Relationship between Different Agriculture Landscapes and Community Life by a graduate student team from the University of Pennsylvania, (3) ASLA 2013 Student Analysis and Planning Award of Excellence. Natural Water as Cultural Water / A 30-Year Plan for Wabash River Corridor in Lafayette by Daniel (Zhicheng) Xu, Student ASLA, undergraduate student at Purdue University, (4) ASLA 2013 Student Communications Award of Excellence. Above Below Beyond. Diana Fernandez, Assoc. ASLA; Susan Kilber, Student Affiliate ASLA; and Amy Syverson, Assoc. ASLA, Undergraduate, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania, (5) ASLA 2013 Student Collaboration Award of Excellence. Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum by an undergraduate student team from Mississippi State University / image credit: Cory Gallo

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