Today a lot of our Louisiana Excom members are in DC for Advocacy Day! They were too busy to take a photo, so here's a group photo from last year! Also some photos from sessions today. Landscape Architecture is so much more than just one thing!
It's 5'oclock here! So we're reminiscing back to the 2016 ASLA Meeting and Expo in New Orleans! We had such a fantastic time as the host chapter. You were wonderful! The presentations were wonderful! The field sessions were wonderful! And it was a joy seeing the city through your fresh eyes!
2017 Louisiana Chapter Merit Award Winner for the Built Environment: IBM Rooftop Terrace by McKnight Landscape Architects.
The IBM rooftop terrace is a combination of geometric paving with sweeping mosaics of planting that creates spectacular views and spaces within the courtyard that rival the outward views of the adjacent Mississippi River. The terrace serves the purpose of outdoor event space as well as outdoor living space with areas for dining, gathering, socializing, and working; yet it does so with an intimate garden-like sense that sets it apart from its urban location.
2017 Louisiana Chapter Merit Award Winner for Planning: Pontilly Stormwater Hazard Mitigation Plan by Dana Brown & Associates
The project, which was the first green infrastructure hazard mitigation project funded by FEMA, is a new approach in the region for reducing localized flooding from rainstorms. The process of landscape architects and engineers evaluating in real time the efficacy of green infrastructure facilities was innovative and proved rewarding for the team. FEMA was convinced to support the project through evidence generated by H&H modeling, and now promotes it as a precedent for others.
2017 Louisiana Chapter Merit Award Winner for the Residential Design Category: Lakeside Pavilion by Carbo Landscape Architecture.
This existing lake house is set on one of the most desired locations on Kincaid Lake in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, but was in need of extensive renovations. As part of these renovations, we were asked to plan and design an outdoor living area adjacent to the residence. The resulting pavilion and deck are built around an existing fireplace structure and are practical for year-round use, while the entire landscape is rehabilitated to enhance the connections to the lake.
Landscape architecture isn't just plants and planning. In the last post, I shared an educational video made by a local firm. Now I want to share this 2017 Louisiana Chapter Honor Award Winner in the Communications Category: Bruce Sharky and his newest book "Thinking about Landscape Architecture"
Thinking about Landscape Architecture is a book intended to broaden the audience and their understanding of the depth and scope of the landscape architecture profession and its relevance in creating more livable communities, healthier and diverse environments, and mitigate the effects of natural disasters. Thinking about Landscape Architecture is intended for several audiences. It was written for a general audience curious about the profession and the nature of what a landscape architect does. The goal is to better inform non-landscape architects (potential clients, potential students, and general Citizens) as to the breadth of the profession and to appreciate the knowledge, skill s, and preparation necessary that prepare landscape architects to contribute broadly in a range of environments and urban settings.
2017 Louisiana Chapter President's Award Winner: Urban Water management Educational Video by Dana Brown & Associates.
As leaders in deigning green infrastructure, the Landscape Architect determined the need for an educational video about water management, one that would be universally clear, engaging, and accessible. The video uses animated graphics to explain problems with, and potential solutions to, water pollution, flooding, and soil subsidence due to impervious surfaces. Students, teachers, professionals, city and regional leaders, and the public have praised the video and its effectiveness in communicating water management issues in New Orleans.
Click the link below to view the full video:
2017 Louisiana Chapter ASLA Sustainability Award Winner as well as 2017 Honor Award Winner for the Built Environment: Landscape Laboratories - Indian Springs School by Carbo Landscape Architecture.
The newly renovated Indian Springs School campus is intended to better realize the school’s original vision developed by the Olmsted Brothers in the early 1950s. The new campus opens views to an existing lake, integrates the native landscape into the student experience, and utilizes innovative stormwater management practices to mitigate drainage and lake water quality issues. Collectively, these aspects facilitate educational opportunities that are being incorporated into the school’s science, biology, and botany curricula.
Downtown Baton Rouge has become a beacon of progress the last few years with some major revival projects. The three featured here make up the new image of Baton Rouge.
Yazoo Plaza, the front door from River Road, connects to the levee system and the Louisiana Art and Science Museum.
Repentance Park is the playground for the people of the city, with a grand sloping lawn, festival space, and water features perfect for running through on a hot summer day.
North Boulevard Town Square is the hub that connects it all together. With a gathering space, way-finding LED signage, and movable seating under the grand Live Oaks, Town Square has quickly become an integral part of downtown life.
First a look back, now a look forward!
The 2016 Legacy Project builds a partnership among landscape architects, developers, stakeholders, and neighbors of Downtown New Orleans. This year's project is going to transform the International High School parking lot into a neighborhood park that serves as a shared open space for the school and the community. The Louisiana Chapter of ASLA will be coordinating and overseeing the project through construction, which we hope will be complete in the summer of 2017.
Louisiana Chapter Take Over! We are small but mighty, with just over 150 members. So we'll start with a small & mighty project that had a real impact on public opinion.
Better Block BR: Government Street was a two day demonstration project along Government Street in Baton Rouge in 2013. The demonstration explored possibilities for transforming the corridor into a vibrant and safe destination for pedestrians and cyclists, while maintaining quality road design that optimizes traffic flow and access to businesses. The Better Block demonstration was a project that sought to show Baton Rouge what the busy Government St corridor, a 4-lane road, would look like as a complete street: a 3-lane road with bike lanes, street trees, and active retail and street-oriented used.
Center for Planning Excellence teamed with the mayor's office and Department of Public Works, and countless volunteers helped make the demonstration happen.
The demonstration helped build support for a road diet that will be constructed in 2018.
Dilworth Park, in front of City Hall in Philadelphia, has an interactive fountain, lawn and tree grove seating areas. The fountain, open in the warmer months, transforms into an ice skating rink each winter. Spring through fall the park is bustling with people enjoying the many activities happening all week!
Dilworth Park has been newly transformed from an inaccessible, multi-level, hard-surface plaza into a sustainable and green public space or barriers from the street.
"On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted." National Park Service
The Memorial Plaza marks the edge of the crash site, which is the final resting place of the passengers and crew. There is a Wall of Names that stretches between the Visitors Center and the crash site.
The 40 Memorial Groves, one for each of the passengers and crew, were planted between the Visitor Center Complex and the Wetlands Bridge.
The SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus is a former steel mill site that has been restored and transformed into an arts and cultural campus. It features historic steel mill buildings, an elevated walkway to bring the users up close to the blast furnaces, a visitor/exhibit center in a historic building, parks and outdoor plazas, an outdoor performing arts pavilion, and a new ArtsQuest Center building devoted to performing arts of all types.
Thank you Joseph Coryell (@joecoe16) from Philadelphia University for your submission!
Robinson, Anderson, and Summers, Inc worked on a design for Delaware University. The plan emphasizes native plantings, curving pathways and open spaces. They also incorporated stormwater management solutions such as permeable paving, bio-filtration beds, and rain gardens. They also renovated Magnolia Circle at the South Mall.
We had our annual meeting this past weekend and we got to take a tour of NorthCreek Nurseries in Landenburg, PA. Claudia West gave the tour amid intermittent rain showers, explaining to those present that the nursery, while growing plants for us to use in our designs, also tests out plant communities and which plants can grow where. Thank you Claudia and NorthCreek! @northcreeknurseries
The PA-DE Chapter is taking over Instagram today! We are comprised of over 580 members with 190 student members from our four sections: Eastern PA, Central PA, Western PA, and Delaware.
We are starting the day with the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh! Once a brownfield, this project was the first in the world to receive both a LEED Platinum and SITES four star certification.