2014 Chapter Student & Professional Award Winners

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The PA-DE ASLA Chapter invites students from the 5 Schools of Landscape Architecture to compete in our awards program.

General Design 
The General Design Category recognizes site-specific works of landscape architecture that exhibit distinction in design, function, context, and environmental responsibility.

HONOR AWARD in the Student General Design Category:

CEDARBROOK PASSAGE – Temple University
Advisors: Mary Myers; Robin Irizarry
The purpose of this project was to create a design that fosters community awareness, appreciation and involvement with a restored woodland and wetland environment.
The jury recognized the excellent detailed inventory of vegetation, wildlife, and habitat that effectively portrayed the richness and diversity of the existing ecological systems and the presentation as a highly effective communication tool.

MERIT AWARDS in the Student General Design Category:

THE DAYLESFORD ABBEY MASTER PLAN – Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
Temple University
Advisors: Pauline Hurley-Kurtz; Emad Abou-Sabe
A fully functioning spirituality center, Daylesford Abbey celebrated its 50th anniversary in Paoli, Pennsylvania. The Abbey sought to engage students in a master planning process that would also provide an educational opportunity for its members having only a general knowledge about landscape functions. The process was to focus on the leaderships' visions for increasing membership while developing sustainable site improvements and new program spaces. Designs were to be humble yet attractive to prospective members.  The jury saw this as an excellent location exhibit and presentation of inventory and analysis and effective graphic communication of various plant attributes.

THE BEST FIELD TRIP EVER – Elaine Kramer, Chatham University
Advisor: Jim Feath
The Homewood Renaissance Association sought designs for an outdoor recreation and learning area. The space will accommodate after-school and summer programs for children, 10-14. The association asked for programming based on urban agriculture activities that would support science, engineering, technology and math learning. They selected this design as the one it would seek to construct because the design anticipated needs, provided flexible spaces and respected community values.
The jury thought this was a great model of site planning and appreciated seeing freehand sketches from conceptual design to simple renderings that affectively conveyed the details of the park.

Analysis & Planning 
The Analysis and Planning Category recognizes excellence in the wide variety of activities that lead to, guide, or evaluate landscape architecture design.

MERIT AWARD in the Student Analysis & Planning Category:

Advisors: Pauline Hurley-Kurtz ; Bess Welborn-Yates; Sue Ann Alleger
This graduate studio course focused on the development of a mixed-use Philadelphia neighborhood plagued by the natural, social, cultural, and economic problems of urban decline. Students collaborated with the New Kensington Community Development Corporation and area residents to conduct a detailed inventory and analysis of the neighborhood. Each student then developed a design program and proposed a master plan of the entire neighborhood along with a detail design of a vacant lot.
The jury appreciated the fantastic ideas and dialogue generated with local citizens and interested community groups.

The Student Collaboration Award 
The Student Collaboration Award recognizes collaborative work by landscape architecture students with students from allied and/or complementary disciplines, including those in other design fields such as business and or the natural and social sciences.

MERIT AWARD in the Student Collaboration Category:

ABOVE | OVER | THROUGH: AN IRRIGATION SOLUTION FOR THE CAMPUS HOOP HOUSE GARDENS – Chatham University Graduate Programs of Sustainability and Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Kyle Beidler
Campus goals of sustainability can be addressed not just by new elements, but also by the redesign of existing features. This project aims to harvest rainwater from an existing structure's roof and store it in underground cisterns to meet the irrigation needs of the campus's hoop houses. The proposed above-grade landscape features will be a visible and artful model of a functional and sustainable water management system, and serve as a center for community-based outreach and education.  The jury recognizes the great sustainable program elements involved with the project that go beyond rainwater harvesting and incorporate food crop production and future education opportunities.

The Student Community Service Award 
The Student Community Service Award recognizes pro bono community service by students demonstrating sound principles and values of landscape architecture.

HONOR AWARD in the Student Community Service Category:

Advisor: Ken Tamminga
Crossroads Park acts a mediation that facilitates the transition of community revitalization and ecological reclamation through exposing the rich industrial past and unique qualities of the community/site. The park intends to connect the Riverside/Hazelwood community to the greater Pittsburgh community by linking park users to various recreational activities and providing a natural park setting that acts as a theater for environmental education and observation.  The jury respected the wonderful collaboration with community interest groups and successful implementation of their ideas in the park design and appreciated the supporting graphics, which clearly defined the intent and effectively communicated the story.

The Communication Category recognizes achievements in communicating landscape architecture history, art, technology, theory, and practice to those within or outside the profession.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:  ALOHA 'ĀINA: A RETURN TO LIFE WITH THE LAND – Department of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture, Temple University,
Advisors: Robert Kuper; Michael LoFurno
As an international flower show exhibit, aloha 'āina addressed the show theme, "Islands of Aloha," by drawing upon an ancient Hawaiian land division system, the State of Hawaii's 2050 Sustainability Plan, and modern subtropical landscape design. Despite great differences in space and time, this 20x30-foot exhibit illustrated how ideas about living with the land are just as practical in the northeastern United States, where the show occurred, as they are in Hawaii.  The jury saw this as a very unique venue and approach for promoting sustainability and principles of landscape architecture. They were impressed by the creativity and execution of the exhibit.

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Honor Awards in General Design:

The 20,000sf South Terrace Green Roof: solidifies the Convention Center as a national leader in green technologies; creates a half an acre of green space in an urban setting; helps attract events looking for green facilities; serves as an accessible and flexible outdoor event space; and teaches the environmental benefits of green roofs and native meadow plants to hundreds of thousands of people who visit every year.  The jury remarked that the plant material selection capitalized on opportunities presented by architecture and they bring out the best qualities in the building and the planting design.

Botanical Gardens strive to enchant visitors and to inspire them to return to learn. This project designed a conservatory and its interior gardens to showcase orchids and bromeliads - 'poster children' for conservation issues. Planting beds, living walls, and suspended garden elements immerse visitors in gardens and habitats, while controlled views create surprise and discovery.  The jury was very impressed to see the landscape architect serve as the lead designer and to have a building designed around the interior landscape design.

The South Campus Expansion at Landis Homes Retirement Community is the culmination of nearly a decade of advanced planning, creative design and innovative construction. This award-winning, LEED Gold Certified community evolved from the clients' strong stewardship ethic combined with the landscape architects' effective and efficient utilization of remaining campus growth areas.  The jury appreciated that the reuse of reclaimed water permeated every aspect of the neighborhood design and connected homeowners to a low impact development practices.

Merit Award in General Design:

Philadelphia's 2011 Pedestrian Plaza Program aimed to make city streets safer for pedestrians and drivers by converting underutilized street segments into public spaces. Several local institutions and community associations collaborated to transform a concrete traffic triangle and cut-through street into a park-like gateway for the neighborhoods of West and Southwest Philadelphia. The Woodland Green Pedestrian Park would introduce green space, incorporate sustainable stormwater strategies and promote efficient building practices. The jury felt that this was a great use of limited community resources to spark interest in streetscape areas and spur change in the area.

Residential Design 
The Residential Design Category recognizes works of landscape architecture for residential use that exhibit distinction in design, function, context, and environmental responsibility.

Honor Award in Residential Design:

POOL BARN — Hess Landscape Architects
The design of this residential property creates new exterior amenities among several older site features, all of which were renovated to uniformly characterize the space. Adaptive reuse of materials and structures reduce the environmental impact and costs of the project. Regionally appropriate plantings define the garden, which is at once dramatic, yet also soothing. The owners' fervent desire for privacy helped define the space, creating an inward-focusing, tranquil garden.  The jury thought the landscape architect executed a fantastic axial design that effectively used lines, tones, colors, and lighting to perfectly tie the landscape to with the pool barn.

Analysis & Planning

Merit Award in Planning and Analysis:

Hellertown residents desire a network of transportation alternatives, which support walkable, pedestrian friendly routes from home to points of interest, in and beyond the Borough. The study was to provide a road map to develop a place where residents can: safely access the numerous resources within a short, comfortable walk; choose from a variety of viable transportation alternatives; and enjoy a Main Street's economic vitality.  The jury recognized the effective use of before and after images that conveyed appropriate solutions and realistic methods for implementation and offered great details on the bump out planters and pervious pavement.


Award of Excellence:

P32+ TRAIL NETWORK — Environmental Planning & Design, LLC and Gradient Labs
Advocates throughout 51 counties are working to link 1,400+ miles of trails using technology to collaborate and prioritize despite the obstacle of distance. From paper maps to a cloud-based GIS database, trail information was compiled and shared. A user-friendly website (gototrails.com) accesses the same database to enhance understanding and utility. A mobile app enriches the trail-user experience for navigation, interpretation and reporting issues. Information feeds back to the GIS cloud—furthering its accuracy and effectiveness.  The jury saw this as an incredible resource to professionals, government staff, and non-profits working on trail design in this area of the country and believe this could serve as the model for similar systems around the country.


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