American Architecture Awards Feature Landscape, Planning Projects

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press recently announced the 64 winners of the 2009 American Architecture Awards recognize. The awards seek to highlight “distinguished projects designed and built in the United States by leading American and international architecture firms.”

One project, “Wandering Ecologies,” Weiss/Manfredi‘s design proposal for Toronto’s Lower Don Lands, was among the select group of winners. According to Bustler, “the design renaturalizes the Lower Don River and establishes a new identity for Toronto, where recreational, cultural, and residential activities are free to wander and overlap, creating a new model for sustainable waterfront expansion on the eastern edge of the city. Urban life and nature are conceived as reciprocal conditions that together will reclaim infrastructure and transform Toronto’s Lower Don Lands into a new cultural and ecological paradigm. The essence and potential of Toronto’s Lower Don Lands will celebrate multiple ecologies: city and water, infrastructure and landscape, destination and retreat.”

Read the article and see more images.

Also, check out the other 64 winners, including two ASLA professional award-winning projects: Porchscapes: An affordable LEED neighborhood development, and Museo del Acero Horno.

Image credit: Bustler / Weiss/Manfredi

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