July 22, 2018

Shortlist revealed for World Landscape Architecture Festival Awards 2018


The World Landscape Architecture Festival Awards 2018 have released the shortlists for both the Rural and Urban project categories at this years ceremony to be held in November.

Rural Projects

  • AECOM – Singapore-Nanjing Eco Island Waterfront Scenic Belt Phase 1, Nanjing, China
  • Batlle i Roig Arquitectura – Pedestrian Path along the Gypsum Mines, Barcelona, Spain
  • Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter with Landskapsfabrikken – Uredd rest area, Gildeskål Municipality, Norway
  • Shma Company – Lupin Research Park, Pune, India
  • TERROIR – Koondrook Wharf, Koondrook, Australia

Urban Projects

  • ANTAO Group – Pride of Life, Kunming, China
  • Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute – Olympic Committee Headquarters translation, Beijing, China
  • Ecoland Planning and Design – Laoximen – Urban Transformation Phase I, Changde, China
  • Gustafson Porter + Bowman – Marina One, Singapore, Singapore
  • HASSELL – Darling Harbour Public Realm, Sydney, Australia
  • HASSELL – Optus Stadium and Stadium Park, Perth, Australia
  • SCHØNHERR – Kokkedal Climate Adaptation, Kokkedal, Denmark
  • Sebastián Monsalve Arquitectura – Medellin River Parks, Medellin, Colombia
  • Sergey Kuznetsov, Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Heargreaves Associates & Citymakers – Zaryadye Park, Moscow, Russia
  • Shenzhen AUBE Architectural Engineering Design – Shenzhen Talent Park, Shenzhen, China
  • studioMilou – Place de la Breche, Noirt, France
  • Turenscape – Puyangjiang River Corridor: Building A Greenway, Jinhua, China
  • Yazgan Design Architecture – Hamamyolu Urban Deck, Eskisehir, Turkey

New West Midlands national park plans unveiled


A vision to create a national park in the West Midlands which would span more than seven cities and create hundreds of miles of green space, conservation areas and new cycle routes, has been unveiled.

The proposals have been drawn up by Kathryn Moore, professor of landscape architecture at Birmingham City University, and would make the region home to the UK’s 16th official national park.

The 15 existing parks are in areas including the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, the New Forest and the Peak District.

The plans have already gained support from West Midlands mayor Andy Street, Meriden MP Dame Caroline Spelman and other key bodies around the region.

Planners have said the concept, which was unveiled at the Critical Artistic Thinking in Design Conference, would have the potential to support further regeneration, boost environmental conservation, improve transport link and drive inward investment and tourism into the region.

They have also said that a West Midlands National Park could also help create new jobs across the region region and boost the economy by transforming the image of the area.

The vision was formally unveiled during the conference which was held at Birmingham City University’s city centre campus and featured talks from Street, Dame Caroline Spelman and landscape architect James Corner.

Moore said: “When we think of a National Park our natural inclination is to look at rural areas but there are swathes of natural beauty right here in the heart of a metropolitan region.

“For a long time the West Midlands has been viewed as a concrete jungle and the way that we have carried out our planning and construction has fed into that but if you look at the maps in a different way, there is huge potential for this project.

“Not only could creating a national park bring some real economic, social and environmental benefits, it would also drive investment, boost tourism and create new jobs at the heart of the country.

“This vision is about making the most of the opportunities the region has right now and making sure the arrival of HS2, the Commonwealth Games and the City of Culture leave a lasting legacy here and something we can all be proud of.

“This vision is all about quality of life. We want to have a better life, here together in the West Midland National Park. It starts here. It will happen.”

The next steps will see case studies undertaken on the Tame Valley, Curzon Street and Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games bid to decide possible revenue streams and how the vision may be realised.


Environmental Street Furniture opens first office in America


Northern Ireland based Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) has announced the opening of their first office in America. Simultaneously, the company’s Stellar Solar Smart Bench was launched in New York City by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, as part of the Smart Cities campaign.

ESF’s new office is located in Washington and is the company’s first entity in the US. The decision to open an American office follows numerous successful contracts in the themed entertainment industry in North America.

Alan Lowry, managing director of ESF said the move into America was the next step in growing the business. Alan said: “Throughout our five years in business we have established ESF as a reputable supplier of street furniture, themed furniture and solar powered products, initially within the UK, before expanding into the global market.

“During that time, we have experienced significant growth – our export sales increased to 30% in 2016-2017 and we forecast this growth to increase even further in the years ahead given the appetite for our products.”

Alan continued: “We want to ensure we continue providing our customers with an unrivalled service and feel that by establishing an office in America, we will be better placed to achieve this goal. There is a lot of potential within the American market, especially for our themed and solar powered products and we felt this was the right time to build this market.”

ESF received consultancy support from Invest Northern Ireland which helped to establish their US office.

Late last month also saw one of ESF’s key products, the Stellar Solar Smart Bench, launched in New York City, as part of the Smart Cities campaign. Ton Agelink from Newton Brown Urban Design (NBUD) who is ESF’s launch partner is NYC joined Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, The Brooklyn Chamber, New York University and a number of other organisations to launch the #SmartCitiesAndYou campaign on 29 May, where they revealed the Stellar Solar Smart Bench to the audience.

Speaking about the Stellar Solar Smart Bench, Ton Agelink said: “We are extremely excited to have the first Stellar Solar Smar Bench in New York. This innovative product is exactly what we were looking for the Smart Cities campaign and we’re delighted to facilitate ESF with their launch and promote this fantastic product.”

The Stellar Solar Smart Bench, designed and manufactured by ESF, includes features such as WiFi, USB charging and data gathering capabilities.

ASLA announces 2018 Honors recipients


Carol Franklin, FASLA to receive ASLA Medal, Andropogon wins Firm Award

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) today announced its 2018 honors recipients. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. The honors will be presented at the president’s dinner on October 22, held during the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, October 19–22, in Philadelphia.

2018 Honors

ASLA Medal: Carol Franklin, FASLA

Carol Franklin, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect. Franklin, a founding principal of Andropogon Associates Ltd., has been at the forefront of ecological design and sustainable landscapes since 1975. Her generous spirit has inspired countless people through her work, her teaching and her writing. Her award-winning landmark projects include the restoration of the North Meadow, Ravine, Ramble, and Loch sections of Central Park, New York; the rescue and restoration of three of Frederick Law Olmsted’s parks in Louisville, Kentucky; and the master plan, design and management plan for the Crosby Arboretum, in Picayune, Mississippi.

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ASLA Design Medal: Mikyoung Kim, FASLA

Mikyoung Kim, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Design Medal in recognition of her exceptional design work. Kim, the founding principal of Mikyoung Kim Design, is a preeminent practitioner of landscape architecture as cultural expression. She has harnessed critical research to develop approaches grounded in evidence-based design, particularly in healthcare. Her healing gardens are found at the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Her inspirational designs have focused on the needs and dreams of children and families, including those from underserved populations in Hartford, Connecticut to the regional learning center at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal: Patrick Miller, FASLA

Patrick Miller, FASLA, will receive the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal for significant and sustained excellence in landscape architecture education. Miller, most recently associate dean for graduate studies and outreach in the landscape architecture program at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has emphasized landscape architecture’s contribution to human well-being through better design and planning, particularly addressing underprivileged or underrepresented communities. His personal integrity is highly regarded by all, and his impact stretches across programs in the United States and around the globe. Miller is a past-president of ASLA, a Fellow of ASLA, and a Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

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LaGasse Medal – Landscape Professional: Scott Bradley, FASLA

Scott Bradley, FASLA, will receive the LaGasse Medal for contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes. As director of context-sensitive solutions and an assistant director in the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Environmental Stewardship, Bradley has been a leading representative in promoting a national research program on transportation project planning and design. He has become a national and international leader in shaping the management and conservancy of roads and roadsides. He has set a high bar for achievement in the planning and design of transportation systems to and through urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods and landscapes.

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LaGasse Medal – Non-Landscape Professional: David Archambault

David Archambault will receive the LaGasse Medal for contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes. Archambault, the former tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, was instrumental in the Dakota Pipeline protests, one of this nation’s most notable community protection campaigns in modern history. While the campaign was indeed initially focused on tribal natural resources, Archambault has become an articulate national spokesperson for the interconnectedness and importance of viewing the protection of natural resources, such as clean water, and native habitat preservation, as a systemic concern that should be important to all people.

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Olmsted Medal: Forterra

Forterra, a land conservation nonprofit in western Washington state, will receive the Olmsted Medal, which recognizes individuals, organizations, agencies or programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for environmental leadership, vision and stewardship. Forterra helps address environmental injustice and maintains the cultural character of communities by protecting land with a variety of uses—wilderness, farms, forests, waterways, urban green space, parks, even community gardens. It collaborates with public agencies, other organizations and communities for the common good. Forterra’s work also includes a large educational component to help communities and individuals understand how land conservation may be accomplished.

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Medal of Excellence: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections will receive the Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence. The award recognizes significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning and design, or a combination of these items. Dumbarton Oaks has played a significant role in the emergence of a rigorous discipline of landscape architectural history and in the shaping of research as an important contribution to contemporary practice. It has served as an exemplary steward of the historic landscape and gardens in Georgetown, Washington DC, originally owned by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss and designed by ASLA founding member Beatrix Farrand between 1921 and the late 1940s.

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The Landscape Architecture Firm Award: Andropogon Associates

Andropogon Associates will receive the Landscape Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor ASLA may bestow upon a landscape architecture firm in recognition of distinguished work that influences the profession. Founded in 1975 by Carol Franklin, Colin Franklin, Leslie Sauer and Rolf Sauer, Andropogon has become a model of ecologically based landscape architectural practice. Now led by principals José Almiñana, Yaki Miodovnik and Thomas Amoroso, Andropogon continues to promote the role of the landscape architect as a key partner for our communities. Its rare sensitivity to environmental issues can be seen in such projects as the Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania and the Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh.

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2018 Honorary Members


Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA may bestow upon non-landscape architects in recognition of notable service to the profession. Since its inception in 1899, ASLA has inducted only 223 honorary members.


Ann Breen, co-founder and co-director, The Waterfront Center

For over 40 years, Ann Breen has tirelessly advocated for urban waterfronts as one of the most fertile areas for protection, planning and community development. She founded The Waterfront Center in 1981 with co-founder Dick Rigby (nominated separately). Through the center, she has focused on educating key interests and the public about the value of waterfronts at every community scale. As a result, The Center has grown into an international voice that characterizes waterfronts as a community’s ‘front door’, and as a natural and cultural infrastructure opening tremendous opportunities for improving citizens’ quality of life and a community’s long-term health.

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Philip Enquist, FAIA, Urban Design and Planning partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP 

Philip Enquist, who leads the global city design practice of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, has focused on improving the quality of life and the environmental performance of cities on five continents. He designs location-sensitive master plans that integrate nature and urban density. Central to all his projects is a deep understanding and respect for the underlying cultural and natural fabric of the landscapes where he works. Nowhere is his big-picture approach better realized than in his 100-year vision for the Great Lakes—whose goal it is to serve as a catalyst for long-term thinking and environmental and economic renewal.

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James Garland, AIA, founder, Fluidity Design Consultants

Trained as an architect, James Garland is a master of water design who founded Fluidity Design Consultants in 2002. As a contributor to projects of landscape architecture, especially projects in the public realm, Garland has elevated the artistry and expectation of what water features can be in contemporary landscape design. In recent years Garland and his team have focused on sustainable systems, including water recycling measures that have added ecological approaches to dramatic water effects. Examples of Fluidity’s advanced design initiative include the Hearst Building (New York City), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), VivoCity (Singapore) and Dubai Festival City (Dubai, UAE).

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Carolyn Mitchell, former Honors and Awards specialist, American Society of Landscape Architects

Carolyn Mitchell served as ASLA’s honors and awards specialist from 2004 until her retirement in the fall of 2017. Mitchell oversaw all aspects of the Society’s honors and awards, from publicizing the programs, to processing entries, selecting and managing juries and producing the awards program. She ran thoughtful, professional and fair juries and took great care to guide many students and professionals through the process each year. Mitchell has also been a strong voice for her community by dedicating long hours to improve children’s facilities and programs, including serving as president of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly as well as the Channel Square Tenants Association in Washington, D.C.

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Michael T. Reynolds, superintendent, Yosemite National Park, National Park Service

Michael T. Reynolds is a 32-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS). He was recently appointed the superintendent of Yosemite National Park, one of the nation’s oldest and most iconic national parks. Earlier in his career, Reynolds served as the park’s resource manager, planner and division chief. Reynolds has long focused on what is best for people and the land. He has regularly engaged landscape architects to plan, design and construct exemplary public places and develop innovative management plans. In 2017 Reynolds was tasked to serve as NPS acting director, overseeing one of the largest staff of landscape architects in the world.

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Dick Rigby, co-founder and co-director, The Waterfront Center

In 1981 Dick Rigby co-founded the nonprofit organization, The Waterfront Center, in Washington D.C. with Ann Breen (nominated separately). A journalist with a strong background in environmental management and public policy, Rigby has helped signify waterfronts as the fertile, often unappreciated ground for initiatives that can significantly enhance city design and quality of life for urban residents. The result of this work in cities around the world has generated an understanding that waterfront public space is a fertile field of both study and implementation for landscape architects, recognized by municipalities and planning agencies

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Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, founder, Ross Barney Architects

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981. She has been an ally of landscape architects throughout her career. As a Peace Corps member fresh from architecture school, she helped Costa Rica develop its fledgling national park system, contributing to three of their first and still highly important parks. In her teaching, she has instilled a concern for the environment and sustainability in architecture students that is complemented by her own award-winning work. Her contributions as an architect on landscape-oriented projects such as the Chicago Riverwalk and 606 I Bloomingdale Trail have bolstered communities across Chicago.

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Southampton’s Watermark Westquay wins 2018 Prix-Versailles World Architecture Award


Watermark Westquay, a major mixed-use scheme in Southampton by architect ACME with landscape design by Grant Associates, has won a coveted 2018 Prix-Versailles World Architecture Award.

The scheme for developer Hammerson won the Shopping Malls category, an award strongly contested by 8 shortlisted projects from around the world.

Featuring a 10-screen multiplex cinema, bowling alley, 24 restaurants and cafés, a new public plaza and esplanade, Watermark is the first of a two-part redevelopment of a key area within Southampton’s town centre.

Underpinned by Southampton City Council’s aim to reconnect the city to the sea, the overall design vision for Watermark WestQuay is to embrace the city’s ancient maritime and industrial history.

Completed in April 2017, the new shopping mall sits adjacent to the city’s older WestQuay Shopping Centre, with the lines of its contemporary design drawing the development towards the sea.

Watermark’s landscape concept likewise responds to the significance of the site, acting as the connecting line between sea and land. It centres around a new public plaza, flanked by the city’s Town Walls and a set of tapering steps leading down from a lower promenade, creating a natural auditorium in which to host a range of events. Open 24 hours a day and lined with restaurants and cafes, the new public realm ensures that the scheme is fully integrated into the fabric of the city.

The Prix-Versailles World Architecture Awards were held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, in May 2018.

James Clarke, senior associate at Grant Associates said: “Working with the team, our aim was to re-establish the former Pirelli tyre factory as a dynamic quarter to reconnect the city centre with its historic maritime past.
“The public realm space reimagines the former line of the foreshore which is used to abstractly define a new destination space. This creates an exciting and vibrant link that celebrates and incorporates the contemporary with the ancient town walls as a major asset to the scheme.”