ASLA Announces 2011 Professional Awards

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the winners of the 2011 Professional Awards. More than 560 submissions were received and 37 were selected for recognition. ASLA will present awards in the categories of General Design, Residential Design, Analysis and Planning, Communications, Research, along with the Landmark Award during a ceremony that will take place on Wednesday, November 2, at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO  in San Diego.

This year’s prestigious jury included David Yocca, FASLA, Conservation Design Forum (chair); Robert Campbell, FAIA, The Boston Globe; Mark Hough, ASLA, Duke University; Ilze Jones, FASLA, Jones and Jones Architects and Landscape Architects, Ltd; Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, University of Virginia; Laurie Olin, FASLA, OLIN; Pamela Palmer, ASLA, ARCHECHO; Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects; and Alexandros Washburn, AIA, Chief Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning. William Tishler, FASLA, University of Wisconsin joined the jury on behalf of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the selection of the Landmark Award.

Highlighted are the select projects that won Awards of Excellence:

General Design Award of Excellence
Portland Mall Revitalization
Portland, Oregon
ZGF Architects LLP, Portland, Oregon
Client: Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon and Portland Bureau of Transportation
(see image above)

Project statement: “The Portland Mall, a landscape architecture legacy project and icon for progressive urban planning and design, has been transformed into a Great Street. Today it extends the entire length of downtown Portland, mixes multiple modes of transportation, stimulates adjacent development and re-establishes itself as Portland’s civic spine. A new benchmark in design, placemaking and infrastructure for the 21st century – the Portland Mall represents the region’s commitment to civic space, vital urban centers and sustainable transportation.”

Analysis and Planning Award of Excellence
An Emerging Natural Paradise — Aogu Wetland Forest Park Master Plan
National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Client: Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Taiwan

Project statement: “Aogu is a 1,600-hectare site located on the route of Asian migrating birds. The site has been reclaimed from the sea and unexpectedly reverted to a coastal wetland because of land subsiding and the cessation of farming in the area. The project focuses on establishing a series of re-habitation strategies on site that is reclaimed for human development, and emphasizes the site as a seeding process for the natural systems, as well as environmental education and eco-tourism.”

Communications Award of Excellence
LID Low Impact Development: A Design Manual for Urban Areas
University of Arkansas Community Design Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Client: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

Project statement: “Low Impact Development: A Design Manual for Urban Areas is designed for those involved in urban property development, from homeowners, to institutions, developers, designers, cities, and regional authorities. The manual presents a graphic argument, illustrating the application of ecologically-based stormwater treatment technologies in urban contexts. The manual’s unique contribution is its advancement of LID from a set of suburban lot-based technologies to a distributed urban treatment network deployed at neighborhood, municipal, and regional scales.”

Landmark Award (in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation)
First San Diego River Improvement Project
San Diego, California
Wimmer Yamada and Caughey, San Diego
Client: City of San Diego

Project statement: “Great examples of landscape design often go unrecognized because the finished look is so natural it is unnoticed as “man made” by the observer. The first phase of the “First San Diego River Improvement Project” or “FISDRIP” is a good example. In place of a planned concrete channel as envisioned by the Army Corps of Engineers, the project was a successful collaboration by Public Agencies, Engineers, Biologists and Landscape Architects in designing a highly sustainable and functional flood control system that respected and preserved the natural habitat. Originally completed in the late 1980’s, this project represents an excellent example of restorative design within an urban context, testimony to nature’s ability to heal itself, survive within a busy transportation corridor and provide human connections to the natural environment.”

Explore the 2011 Professional Awards

Image credits: (1) ZGF Architects LLP, (2) National Sun Yat-sen University, Yannlin Photo, Forestry Bureau, (3) University of Arkansas Community Design Center / © 2000 Joel Sternfeld, (4) Kevin Walsh and Wimmer Yamada and Caughey

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