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Landscape Architecture
Lakeway Redevelopment by HASSELL Print E-mail
Monday, 09 December 2013 01:39
© HASSELLThe HASSELL design proposal for Lakeway had a strong sustainability agenda. It included setting aside a third of the site for bush regeneration, the creation of sensitive parkland interfaces with the adjoining school and residential area, as well as nature reserve. Add a comment
Grande Rue D’Oullins by Atelier du Bocal Landscape Architecture Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 December 2013 07:03
© Atelier du BocalThe requalification of the main street to Oullins, more than an embellishment is one of main advantages of the revitalization of the city center, in parallel the future arrival of the subway. Add a comment
The Krymskaya Embankment by WOWHAUS Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 December 2013 02:04
crimea_quay_2bThe Krymskaya embankment in Moscow has received a thorough facelift. New territories were joined with the Muzeon Park of Arts, no longer hidden behind a fence, that now stretches all the way to the banks of the Moskva river. Add a comment
Design a Model Green Street in Washington, D.C. Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:58

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks a landscape architecture firm to serve as lead consultant for the design and implementation of an inter-connected series of vegetated systems and proven technologies to manage stormwater runoff and beautify the public right-of-way in Chinatown, Washington, DC. ASLA intends this project to be a world-class model and education tool for developers, designers, city officials, and the public. Submission is open to international and national firms.

Nestled within L’Enfant’s original plans for Washington, D.C., the project area is in the Chinatown neighborhood, which has a rich and varied history. The neighborhood is a bustling urban area, but one that also faces significant issues related to combined sewer overflows and a degraded watershed. The project area spans the divide between the Potomac and Anacostia watersheds, providing a unique educational opportunity to incorporate a deeper understanding of the city’s hydrology.

This project extends the length of I Street between 9th and 6th streets, including several blocks north and south of I Street. As an underdeveloped and underused corridor, 8th Street is an opportunity for significant green enhancements. It’s anticipated that the first stage of the construction will focus on I Street, including the right-of-way at ASLA headquarters, located at 636 I Street. This project will be implemented in phases.

In late 2012, a two-day design charrette for this project was hosted by ASLA President Tom Tavella, FASLA, with stakeholders and District agencies. The goal of this charrette, and the resulting concept design, was to demonstrate the value of green infrastructure/low-impact development (LID) in the Chinatown neighborhood.

The drawings generated during the event are meant only to serve as a starting point for further conceptual development. They are based on generalized information gathered for the site; issues that may limit the design such as underground utility locations, compliance with existing plans, and State Historic Preservation Office design guidelines were not considered. Explore the prospectus based on the initial design charrette.

Project parameters:

  • The selected firm will be the lead consultant and oversee the project through all phases from design and installation to long-term maintenance planning and educational outreach.
  • The selected firm will collaborate with the ASLA Site Sustainability Advisory Committee throughout all phases of the project.
  • The selected firm will coordinate with ASLA staff to identify ways to document the design process, construction, monitoring results, and maintenance
  • It is anticipated that both the design and installation will occur in phases. The selected firm will help determine the appropriate phasing for the entire project.
  • The initial phase of the project is to produce a comprehensive master plan. It is anticipated that the master plan will be used to acquire additional funding for design development and installation of subsequent phases of the project.
  • The design is to have a strong identity unique to the cultural heritage and urban context of the Chinatown neighborhood. It should be a refuge amid the neighborhood’s busy vehicular traffic, placing priority on the needs of pedestrians, transit users, and cyclists.
  • The project is not only to exceed performance standards, but become a tangible expression of the power of marrying strong design with solid scientific principles. This should be accomplished in a beautiful and dynamic way that creates a public amenity.
  • The LID strategies proposed for the demonstration project must take an innovative yet implementable approach. This approach is to be applied to site selection, identification and resolution of challenges, design and construction, monitoring and evaluation, and finally to maintenance guidelines.

Submissions must be received by January 15, 2014. Learn more about submission requirements.

Image credit: Green Street / ASLA

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Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (November 15 – 30) Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:58

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Selling English Gardens to the AmericansThe Guardian, 11/21/13
“It’s all hands on deck setting up the show stand at the conference center. Each company sent their work out to the U.S. weeks before and the crates needed unpacking and putting on display, similar to a mini-Chelsea Flower show stand. We had also arranged to get plants from a local nursery to plant in the Italian Terrace pots to further beautify the exhibit. By lunchtime it was looking pretty amazing.”

Green Urbanism is the Future! Well, MaybePlanetizen, 11/24/13
“My guess is the glossy, beautifully photographed images showing built work designed by professionals attract the most attention. But for me, even though I appreciate design eye candy as much as anyone, my focus inevitably shifts to the planning and analysis category and, in particular, the student work, because it is here, in the unrealized work, that we catch a glimpse of where things are headed or, perhaps, should be headed.”

Landscape Architects “Could Enable Paradigm Shift” in Green Infrastructure Alternative to Thames Super SewerLandscape Institute, 11/24/13
“Following the recent successful adoption of green infrastructure (GI) measures in the U.S. city of Philadelphia, the ‘Clean Thames Now and Always’ campaign is proposing a similar combination of GI solutions, including porous asphalt on roads, living roofs and SuDs, as a cheaper and more effective alternative to the tunnel. And landscape architects, says the campaign’s founder Christian Sarrasin, ‘would be the enablers of this paradigm shift.’”

The Thanksgiving LandscapeMetropolis Magazine, 11/25/13
“As we prepare to sit down and stuff our collective faces, let’s take a little time to fill our brains before we fill our bellies. In preparation for the marathon shopping day that is Black Friday, Americans will spend Thursday carbo-loading with stuffing, biscuits, and pie alongside traditional turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce. So, gather ’round the table, and feel free to share these Thanksgiving facts and figures with your family and friends.”

New York City’s Largest Solar Energy Installation to be built at Freshkills ParkWorld Landscape Architecture, 11/30/13
“The Mayor of New York recently announced that the city will install the largest solar energy installation in New York City at Freshkills Parks. The installation is set to power 2,000 homes and will increase the City’s current renewable energy capacity by 50 percent. The Administration is moving forward with steps to officially map an additional 1,500 acres of Freshkills into parkland, officially bringing the total for Freshkills Park to 2,200 acres and bringing total parkland in New York City to more than 30,000 acres for the first time in history.”

These articles were compiled by Phil Stamper, ASLA Public Relations and Communications Coordinator

Image credit: Pumpkins ready for harvest / Roemer pumpkin patch 

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