Out of 465 entries, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has selected 38 professional awards recipients for 2017.
The awards recognize the best of landscape architecture and the projects are judged on criteria such as the quality of design and execution and the value to the community it serves. The categories include general design, analysis and planning, communications, research and residential design from the U.S. and around the world.
The winners will be recognized and given their awards at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine features the winning projects. It can be read for free .
Award of Excellence
The Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas, was designed by OJB Landscape Architecture and serves a bridge over the eight-lane Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It reconnects the downtown area with neighborhoods up north. The five-acre park has numerous features including a children’s park, great lawn, restaurant, fountain plaza, dog park and botanical garden.
More than half of all the surfaces are permeable allowing 64,000 gallons of stormwater to be intercepted by the landscaping. The community has embraced the space and hold daily free activities such as lectures and fitness classes.
The Entrance Garden, Sao Paulo, Brazil by Alex Hanazaki Paisagismo for Eliane Revestimentos
Windhover Contemplative Center, San Francisco, by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture for Stanford University
Owens Lake Land Art, Inyo County, California, by NUVIS Landscape Architecture for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
SteelStacks Arts + Cultural Campus, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, by WRT for the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem
Central Seawall Project, Seattle, by James Corner Field Operations LLC for the City of Seattle Department of Transportation and Office of The Waterfront
The Yue-Yuan Courtyard, Suzhou, China, by Z+T Studio Landscape Architecture for Avic Legend Co. Ltd.
Merging Culture and Ecology at The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, by Surface 678 for the North Carolina Museum of Art
Chicago Botanic Garden: The Regenstein Learning Campus, Chicago, by Mikyoung Kim Design and Jacobs/Ryan Associates for the Chicago Botanic Garden
Workplace as Landscape – Facebook MPK20, San Francisco, by CMG Landscape Architecture for Facebook
Award of Excellence
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture created the landscape design for the Birmingham Residence, located in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Drawing inspiration from contemporary art, the firm created a space that would both complement and soften the architecture. The design team believed that residential landscapes need not be confined to conventional materials and practices.
Telegraph Hill Residence, San Francisco, by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Northeast Harbor, a Restoration on Mount Desert Island, Hancock County, Maine, by Stephen Stimson Associates | Landscape Architects
Smith Residence by Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture
Casa Las Brisas – Formation of a Coastal Retreat, Las Condes, Chile, by C. Stuart Moore Design
Proving Grounds – A 20-Year Education in American Horticulture, by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture for Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan
Agrarian Modern – The Recovery and Renewal of Manatuck Farm by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture
Abstracting Morphology by HOLLANDERdesign | Landscape Architects
Northpoint Apartments, Orinda, California, by JETT Landscape Architecture + Design Inc. for Aline Estournes, Northpoint Apartments LLC
Award of Excellence
Storm + Sand + Sea + Strand – Barrier Island Resiliency Planning for Galveston Island State Park by Studio Outside was created as the redevelopment master plan after the barrier island was devastated by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The plan had to anticipate what the site would look like in the next 50 years. Site strategies focused on tasks such as restoring the dunes for habitat, reducing impermeable surfaces by 25 percent. The plan also educates visitors on past, present and future dynamics of the coastline.
The Olana Strategic Landscape Design Plan: Restoring an American Masterpiece, Hudson, New York, by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects for the Olana Partnership and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Louisville, Kentucky, by Perkins+Will for Botanica
Positioning Pullman, Chicago, by Site for the National Parks Conservation Association
Conservation at the Edge – Prototyping Low-intervention Conservation in the Patagonian Wilderness, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture for Victor F. Trahan III, FAIA
Fitzgerald Revitalization Project: Landscapes as the Framework for Community Reinvestment, Detroit, by Spackman Mossop Michaels for the City of Detroit
Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan, Austin, Texas, by Page and Sasaki Associates for the Texas Facilities Commission
Award of Excellence
Developed by Benjamin George, ASLA, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University, the Digital Library of Landscape Architecture History () is a freely available, online public archive of virtual tours of historical landscapes.
There are currently 40 tours on DiLiLAH containing 2,000 years of history and 24 historic styles and cultures. Users can access informational hotspots on the panoramic tours. The website can serve as a tool to introduce individuals to the field of landscape architecture and has education worksheets teachers can use to incorporate into their lessons.
Ecology as the Inspiration for a Presidential Library Park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. for the George W. Bush Presidential Center
The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin by The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Toward an Urban Ecology by Scape, published by The Monacelli Press
‘Jens Jensen The Living Green,’ A Feature Documentary by Viva Lundin Productions and the University of Michigan
Championing Connectivity: How an International Competition Captured Global Attention and Inspired Innovation in Wildlife Crossing Design by ARC Solutions
Award of Excellence
Fluid Territory: A Journey into Svalbard, Norway, is a study of the future of circumpolar north conducted by Kathleen John-Alder, Rutgers University and Tromsø Academy. It examined how external influences like chemical pollution and resource extraction affect the terrain and climate of Svalbard.
Climate Change Impacts on Cultural Landscapes in the Pacific West Region, National Park System by Cultural Landscape Research Group, University of Oregon for the Pacific West Region, National Park Service
Seeding Green Roofs for Greater Biodiversity and Lower Costs by Richard Sutton, FASLA, for the Sandhills Publishing Inc., Arbor Day Foundation, Tetrad Property Group, LPS NRD, and Lincoln Urban Development
Rendering Los Angeles Green: The Greenways to Rivers Arterial Stormwater System (GRASS) by Lee-Anne Milburn, FASLA, for the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation
The Ecological Atlas Project by Studio Roberto Rovira
The Landmark Award is presented to a landscape architecture project that was completed between 15 and 50 years ago and retains its original design while contributing to the public realm of the community where it is located.
This year’s Landmark Award goes to the J. Paul Getty Center, which was built over a period of nearly twenty years by OLIN. It is where many Mediterranean and California garden traditions come from with its use of a wide range of plants and focus on cacti and succulents long before the rest of California concerned itself with drought-tolerant plants.