ASLA-NY 2014 Design Award Winners Announced!

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New York, February 21, 2014

Contact: Kathy Shea, 212.269.2984, [email protected]

ASLA New York Announces 2014 Design Award Winners

In the face of global climate change, catastrophic, ecosystem-altering superstorms and ever-evolving technology that is driving us to re-think the way we live, work and play, the field of landscape architecture continues to stand at the forefront of the planning, design and care of our natural and man-made environments.  Nothing epitomizes that better than this year’s recipients of the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter’s Annual Design Awards.  Five Honor and thirteen Merit awards were selected from 70 submissions judged by the Northern California Chapter of the ASLA.  The awards will be presented at the Award Ceremony and Reception to be held on April 3rd, at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Felicella ©2014

The re-imagining and rebirth of once-derelict and decrepit waterfront areas into spectacular parks that are simultaneously historic and modern, as well as, both user and eco-friendly, continued with an Honor Award being given to Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects for the design of the West Point Foundry Preserve (left photo). The Preserve features new trails that expand access and integrate ecological improvements, restorations and interpretive elements related to the rich history of the former industrial site.  Similarly, a Merit Award was given to Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates for the design of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5.  This newly restored shipping pier features sports fields, play areas, and areas for fishing and picnicking along with several sustainable design elements including a green roof on the concession building, salvaged pier signs and picnic tables and benches made from salvaged wood.  Other prime examples of the transformation of industrial waterfront into resilient and sustainable public spaces for reflection and recreation were the Harlem River Promenade and Hallet’s Cove (image below), whose designs by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners were both given Merit Awards.

Image credit: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC ©2014

Away from the waterfront, a Merit Award was given to James Corner Field Operations for their design of Santa Monica, California’s Tongva Park.  What was essentially a parking lot was transformed into a stunning urban green space that features winding walkways, rolling hills, expansive lawns and observation decks that stand 18 feet above ground.  A Merit Award was also given to Town and Gardens for the Rainlab at the Dalton School, a rooftop classroom that uses rainwater and other sustainable elements to provide an innovative way to integrate elements of motor skills, learning and pure play.  The other ­­awards are listed below.  All of the Award winning designs will be on display the Center for Architecture beginning April 3rd through the end of the month.


Following is a list of the Honor Awards:

Chelsea Cove, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Native Plant Garden, New York Botanical Garden

SIRR Coastal Protection Plan, Scape Landscape Architecture, PLLC

Southern Highlands Reserve, W Gary Smith Design

West Point Foundry Preserve, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.


Following is the list of the Merit Awards:

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

The Deconstructed Salt Marsh, Scape Landscape Architecture, PLLC

Gateway at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Andropogon Associates, Ltd.

Harlem River Promenade, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC

Hallet’s Cove, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC

Hudson Square Streetscape, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.

Into the Woods, Nancy Owens Studio LLC

Midtown Manhattan Sky Garden, HMWhite Site Architects

Rainlab at Dalton School, Town & Gardens, Ltd.

Swingtones, Strafford, Supermass Studio Landscape Architecture, P.C.

Tongva Park & Ken Gensler Square, James Corner Field Operations

Reconstruct Forest Edge, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture

Zones of Experience: Symbolism as a Master Planning Tool for St. John’s University,

Louis Fusco Landscape Architects