CEDARBROOK PASSAGE, Ambler, PA
Honor Award:  General Design  |  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.

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THE DAYLESFORD ABBEY MASTER PLAN, Paoli, PA
Merit Award:  General Design  |  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.

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THE BEST FIELD TRIP EVER, Pittsburgh, PA’s Homewood Neighborhood
Merit Award:  General Design  |  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.

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RECLAIMING KENSINGTON: KENSINGTON-SOMERSET NEIGHBORS STUDIO, Kensington, Philadelphia, PA
Merit Award:  Analysis & Planning |  Temple University   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.

ABOVE | OVER | THROUGH: AN IRRIGATION SOLUTION FOR THE CAMPUS HOOP HOUSE GARDENS,
Merit Award:  The Student Collaboration Award |  Chatham University Graduate Programs of Sustainability and Landscape Architecture

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.

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CROSSROADS PARK: A COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION & ECOLOGICAL REGENERATION CATALYST, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, PA
Honor Award:  The Student Community Service Award  |  Andrew Michael Madl, The Pennsylvania State University 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.

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ALOHA ‘ĀINA: A RETURN TO LIFE WITH THE LAND,
Award of Excellence:  Communication   |   Department of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture, Temple University, Advisors: Robert Kuper; Michael LoFurno 

As an international flower show exhibit, aloha ‘�?ina 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 20×30-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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