Merit Award: Analysis and Planning
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
New Hope, Pennsylvania
Fall 2014 Woodland Design Studio
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Mary Myers, Dr. Allison Brown
Sustainability was a key concern during all stages of the analysis and design of the project. BHWP is home to nearly 1000 plant species and wide array of birds and other fauna. The initial inventory of the site included a tree survey to assess the overall health trees potentially impacted by the design as well as a transect study to evaluate the condition of the meadow adjacent to the proposed building site and a soil samples were taken here as well for analysis and testing. The buildings for the proposed visitor center were designed and sited in a way to minimize the disturbance to existing vegetation and also to maximize passive solar gain and utilize earthen berms and green roofs to add to their efficiency.
Merit Award: Communications
Asphalt to Green Space; Clara Barton Eco-Schoolyard
Class of 2015
Faculty Advisors: Lolly Tai, Amy C Syverson
The purpose of the project was to present the Clara Barton School community with suitable design solutions that provide an educational and active environment for children that would also enhance their mental, physical, and emotional well-being. The 230-page book was published to illustrate the design process and potential sustainable design solutions. This project was to serve as a model eco-schoolyard for other schools as well.
Honor Award: General Design
Oxford Wetland Sanctuary: What Nature Intended
Temple University School of Environmental Design
Faculty Advisors: Bill Young, Robin Irizarry
In the era of global climate change, wetlands are a vital resource, providing the link to a resilient social, economic and environmental future. Oxford Wetland Sanctuary is an award-worthy project because it goes beyond simply connecting people to nature, it uses a metric––the Evaluation for Planned Wetlands (EPW)––to restore a wetland, ensuring a highly impactful design based on science. The project incorporates creative social engagement, educational programming and economic opportunities.
Merit Award: General Design
Tamanend’s Track: The Path to a Portrayal of the Past
Department of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture
Faculty Advisors: Robert Kuper, Michael LoFurno
Seventeen junior landscape architecture students developed the design of and constructed Tamanend’s Track, a 24x24-foot exhibit within an internationally recognized exhibition. Students addressed the exhibition theme, “ARTiculture,” by illustrating how ecologically degraded, damaged, or destroyed lands can be restored to a state that may inspire generations of future artists. Additionally, students used recycled construction materials, contributed to sustaining the local economy when purchasing new materials; and salvaged materials for future use following the exhibition.
Merit Award: Student Collaboration
Ties That Bind
College of Architecture and the Built Environment
Faculty Advisor: Kimberlee Douglass, James Doerfler
Team Member 3 contributed greatly to the project. Firstly, Team Member 3 established the initial form, and circulation of the site based on the site analysis, which was then vetted by Team Members 1 & 2 to create our final site form. Team Member 3 also used the landscape to tie back culturally to the Migrant Worker population who are largely from Mexico as well as the regional context. Team Member 3 learned and utilized permaculture planting strategies to ameliorate the existing California water crisis, as well as an understanding of architectural language and how landscape works with architecture to create space.
Honor Awards: Student Collaboration
Faculty Advisor: Kimberlee Douglass
The project required two different minds of design to work together to form a housing development suitable for migrant workers in California. The scarcity of water and harsh temperatures influenced the mindset for my design as a landscape architect. My responsibility included creating a sustainable landscape plan while adjusting the configurations of the houses to fit with the natural weather patterns on site. I was also able to keep in perspective the different user types that would be attracted to all the spaces we were providing. The architecture students did teach me the importance of design simplicity.