American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Announces 2015 Design Awards

For Immediate Release
New York, March 6, 2015
Contact: Kathy Shea, 212-269-2984, [email protected]

American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Announces

2015 Design Awards

The field of landscape architecture has continued to push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and leadership in the planning, design and development of our built environment.  The Annual Design Awards held by the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter demonstrate this design excellence in action.  As noted by the awards Jury, the “diversity, depth, and quality of projects was truly inspiring.” Out of the 58 submissions judged by the Kentucky Chapter of the ASLA, 18 projects were chosen that had “something that elevated them above simply good design and presented solutions that were outside the normal set of design tools.” The awards will be presented at the ASLA-NY Spring Party to be held on April 2nd, at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan.

Governors Island Phase 1 Park and Public Space, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape  Architecture P.C.

Governors Island Phase 1 Park and Public Space, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape
Architecture P.C./Mathews Nielsen; photo: Timothy Schenck

Resiliency was a keyword amongst many entries, with an Honor Award going to Starr Whitehouse and BIG for the Big U, a plan developed in response to Hurricane Sandy that proposes a 10-mile ribbon of protective landscapes on Manhattan’s waterfront. Innovative measures to address resiliency were incorporated into the West8 designed Governors Island Park & Public Space, which received an Honor Award.  The transformation of a seemingly ‘invisible’ island into 30-acres of dynamic waterfront park included building up topography to lift the park above the 100-year flood zone. Similarly, Hunter’s Point South Park designed by Thomas Balsley Associates/ WEISS/MANFREDI, received an honor award for the transformation of an urban wasteland into a beautiful park that not only celebrates the site’s heritage and spectacular views, but also fuses a diverse program with strong sustainability and resiliency goals. The awards jury noted a special appreciation and respect for the work being done in the everyday public sector, awarding NYC Parks with a Merit Award for Playground 123, a model for universal design.

Hunter's Point South Park, Thomas Balsley Associates

Hunter’s Point South Park, Thomas Balsley Associates/WEISS MANFREDI. photo: Wade Zimmerman

The private sector also flourished with green in 2014. Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect’s Flying Point, which received a Merit Award, highlights the intersection of architecture and landscape, using native plants and restored dunes to demonstrate elegant, yet effective restraint in design. The residential landscape of the SCAPE designed Cove Co-Habitat saw ecological interventions to restore 1.7 acres of property in Sag Harbor with native plants and restored ecologies, earning an Honor Award.

Flying Point, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect Design, PC

Flying Point, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect Design, PC; photo: Charles Mayer

With projects ranging in size and scale, private and public, built and unbuilt, submissions demonstrated design excellence across the board. “Complex site challenges have been met with beautiful, insightful and sustainable solutions on these winning designs. It is very clear with this year’s entries that our members continue to elevate landscape architectural design and are leaders not just in NYC but nationally and internationally as well,” commented Jennifer Nitzky, ASLA New York Chapter President.

The seven firms that won Honor awards and the eight firms that won Merit awards will be celebrated at a Spring Party sponsored by Victor Stanley at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place on April 2 at 5 pm.  The award winning projects will be on display in an exhibit at the Center for Architecture sponsored by Longshadow Garden Ornaments from April 3-30.

Following is a list of the Honor Awards:

  • Creating a World Apart: Longwood Gardens Physical Master Plan, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture P.C.
  • The Big U, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners/BIG
  • Cove Co-Habitat, SCAPE / Landscape Architecture PLLC
  • East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers, WORKSHOP Ken Smith Landscape Architect
  • Governors Island Phase 1 Park and Public Space, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture P.C./Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
  • High Line, Section 3, James Corner Field Operations / Diller Scofidio +Renfro / Piet Oudolf
  • Hunter’s Point South Park, Thomas Balsley Associates/WEISS/MANFREDI
  • Miami Beach SoundScape Park, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture P.C.
  • Urban Garden Residence, HMWhite

Following is a list of the Merit Awards:

  • Rotterdam Urban Metabolism: The International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam, James Corner Field Operations
  • The QueensWay Plan, dlandstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture/WXY architecture + urban design
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden Native Flora Garden Extension, SITEWORKS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
  • 51 Astor Place, Thomas Balsley Associates
  • Deerfield Residence, Water Mill NY, LaGuardia Design
  • Flying Point, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect Design, PC
  • Glen Oaks Branch Library, SCAPE / Landscape Architecture PLLC
  • Gotham West, Thomas Balsley Associates
  • Playground 123, NYC Parks

About the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter:

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects.  Founded in 1899, the association represents over 15,000 members and features 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The New York Chapter, founded in 1914, encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties. The Society’s mission is to lead in the planning, design and care of both our natural and built environments. While keeping pace with the ever-changing forces of nature and technology, landscape architects increasingly have a profound impact on the way people live, work and play.

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2014 Design Awards now Online!

The winning submissions for the 2014 ASLA-NY Design Awards are now live on our website!

Check out the new Awards format and view images and descriptions in a more user-friendly way: http://aslany.org/2014-design-awards/

Now you can view the award winners on a grid, as shown here and you can sort the grid by showing only Honor Awards, only Merit Awards or all awards.

Once on the individual award pages the thumbnail images can be moused over to change image or to view the images in a larger pop-up screen, simply click the image.

All project info is now shown directly on the page including the project team – previously you had to download the PDF to view all info.

We hope you find this new format for viewing awards more appropriate to display the beautiful images and descriptive details as they were meant to be seen. We once again congratulate this year’s award winners and we encourage all designers to submit your best projects for awards next year (request for submissions is usually released in January).

 

ASLA-NY 2014 Design Award Winners Announced!

For immediate release

New York, February 21, 2014

Contact: Kathy Shea, 212.269.2984, director@aslany.org

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

 

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