ASLA 2010 Student Awards Announced


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2010 Student Awards. ASLA presented awards to 32 projects in seven categories, including general design, residential design, analysis & planning, communications, research, community service, and student collaboration. In total, more than 275 entries were received and considered.

Team representatives from colleges and universities around the world will be honored at a ceremony and reception at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Six entries won Awards of Excellence, the highest honor:

General Design
Vacant Lot Library (see image above)
Cecil Howell, Student ASLA, University of California, Berkeley
Faculty Advisor: David Meyer

“San Francisco is dotted with vacant lots, unused and often forgotten spaces concentrated in the poorest neighborhoods of the city. This project proposes creating a network of outdoor libraries within vacant lots. By converting these spaces into learning landscapes, San Francisco will invest in the knowledge of it’s citizens and transform the forgotten into public spaces that help support creativity, education and community, the foundation for a truly sustainable city.”


Analysis & Planning
Sh*tscape: Mumbai’s Landscape In-Between
Bret Betnar, Student ASLA, University of Pennsylvania
Faculty Advisors: Anuradha Mathur, ASLA and Dilip da Cunha

“Sh*tscape, Mumbai’s Landscape In-Between focuses on the Appapada Quarry in the northern Mumbai suburb of Malad East. It addresses the issue of informal settlements and sanitation at the western boundary of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. This project will propose the making of an entirely functioning landscape built from human excreta. It will recover the ‘soil’ from the settlements while extracting the beneficial flora from the forest and, in turn, utilize both as a generator for a new and evolving landscape.”


Communications

Tactical Operations in the Informal City
Andrew Christopher tenBrink, Student ASLA, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Faculty Advisor: Christian Werthmann

“13 students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design developed, with the assistance of São Paulo’s Social Housing Agency Sehab, design tactics for the 30,000 person favela, Cantinho do Céu, in the South of São Paulo. The results allow us a glimpse into the future of slum upgrading, leading to a more integrative and tactical design practice.”


Research
The Cooling Ability of Urban Parks
Graham Slater, Student ASLA, University of Guelph
Faculty Advisor: Robert D. Brown and Terry Gillespie

“This study investigated the potential of urban parks to mitigate the urban heat island effects of their surroundings.  Results indicated that parks were up to 7°C cooler than their surrounding streets, and that park cooling, while variable, can extend almost 100m beyond a park’s boundaries. From this research, it is possible to generate design implications that can inform urban park and street design, creating cooler neighborhoods, increased human thermal comfort, and climate-sensitive design.”


Community Service
Landscape Progress Administration
Hugo Bruley, Student ASLA; Eustacia Brossart, Student ASLA; Kirsten Dahl, Student ASLA; Jesse Jones, Student ASLA; Clare O’Reilly, Student ASLA and Adrienne Smith, Student ASLA, University of California, Berkeley
Faculty Advisor: Marcia McNally

“In the wake of California’s 2009 budget crisis, funding was slashed to public programs across the state. As we saw staff and faculty furloughed and student services threatened in our own department, we took action. Our student group led a participatory process to reach out to public schools and parks similarly impacted by the budget cuts. Dubbing ourselves the Landscape Progress Administration, our department volunteered both time and expertise in support of public landscapes.”


Student Collaboration

Catalytic Integration: Redefining Desert Tourism
You-Been Kim, Student Affiliate ASLA and Matthew A. J. Brown, Student ASLA, University of Toronto
Faculty Advisor: Aziza Chaouni

“This project introduces a new concept for sustainable tourism in remote desert locale. Through the collaboration of Architect and Landscape Architect, this design exhibits new program that capitalizes on local resources and context while also providing a new hotel typology that weaves seamlessly into the existing village, oasis and surrounding context.”

Learn more about all 32 winning entries.

Image credit: (1) Cecil Howell / Vacant Lot Library. Cecil Howell, Student ASLA, University of California, Berkeley. (2) Bret Behar / Sh*tscape: Mumbai’s Landscape In-Between. Bret Betnar, Student ASLA, University of Pennsylvania, (3) Andrew tenBrink / Tactical Operations in the Informal City. Andrew Christopher tenBrink, Student ASLA, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, (4) Graham Slater / The Cooling Ability of Urban Parks. Graham Slater, Student ASLA, University of Guelph, (5) Hugo Bruley, Student ASLA; Eustacia Brossart, Student ASLA; Kirsten Dahl, Student ASLA; Jesse Jones, Student ASLA; Clare O’Reilly, Student ASLA and Adrienne Smith, Student ASLA / Landscape Progress Administration. Hugo Bruley, Student ASLA; Eustacia Brossart, Student ASLA; Kirsten Dahl, Student ASLA; Jesse Jones, Student ASLA; Clare O’Reilly, Student ASLA and Adrienne Smith, Student ASLA, University of California, Berkeley, (6) You-Been Kim, Student Affiliate ASLA and Matthew A. J. Brown, Student ASLA / Catalytic Integration: Redefining Desert Tourism. You-Been Kim, Student Affiliate ASLA and Matthew A. J. Brown, Student ASLA, University of Toronto.

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