NYC Charter Revision Commission: Make sure the reforms you care about are on the ballot in November.

 

On Tuesday, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission released its Preliminary Staff Report on changes to the City Charter, the document that defines the functions, organization, powers, obligations, and liabilities of the New York City government.

The Commissioners will now review that report and conduct a series of public hearings across the five boroughs to hear directly from New Yorkers on the reforms they care about most. 

This is your chance to have your voice heard and make sure the reforms you care about are on the ballot in November. 

For more information and to see hearing dates in all boroughs, click here:  

https://mailchi.mp/mas/charter-revision-hearings-20180718?e=63bb448736

Announcing: AIANY+ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards

The AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards recognize exceptional design by New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania AIA and ASLA members. The awards program is open to registered architects, landscape architects, and planners.

Built and unbuilt projects will be reviewed for their innovative design approaches to transportation and infrastructure. AIANY + ASLANY will recognize projects that reflect a commitment to sustainability, community engagement, and civic architecture.

Students enrolled in an accredited architecture, landscape architecture, and planning programs are also eligible.

Award Categories

  • Structures – recognizes design excellence in commissioned and completed buildings, bridges, tunnels, and mixed-use development
  • Planning- seeks the most compelling work and ideas in urban planning, studies, design guides, advocacy, and regional scale planning. Commissioned and completed master plans and planning reports are also eligible.
  • Open Space – recognizes design excellence in parks, constructed wetlands, and resilient sites.
  • Projects – recognizes conceptual, unfinished, or unbuilt work. If an entry is awarded under this category, it will not be eligible for a future award once project has been realized.
  • Student Award – recognizes excellence in a project from the three categories above: Structures, Planning, and Open Space.

Award Levels for all Categories

  • Honor Award – Represents the highest level of achievement
  • Merit Award – Represents distinguished achievement
  • Citation – Represents exemplary achievements on specific project aspects.
  • Best in Competition – Jurors will select one entry among the Honor Award winners to receive this unique recognition
For more information and to submit a project:

 

 

Terrain Work wins Public Art Installation for Car Free Earth Day!

On Saturday, April 21st from 9am to 3pm, “Broadway Bouquet” will be displayed on Broadway in the Flatiron district of New York as part of the Earth Day celebration.  The  artwork will be a featured piece in the NYC Car Free Earth Day festivities when Broadway is shut down to automobiles for the day.

“The Broadway Bouquet takes one of the most familiar and portable landscapes found on countless Manhattan street corners and turns it into a larger than life experience, which is quintessentially New York.  The artwork captures the scale-bending qualities of the city while giving people a glimpse of how plants and urban ecology in civic spaces can spark the imagination.”

 

Project Description:

The Broadway Bouquet aims to capture the quintessentially New York spirit of spectacle and wonder that the city’s scale-bending urban environment cultivates. This public art installation revels in the culture of cut flowers found on countless corners from Manhattan to the outer boroughs and blows it up to a monumental scale where individual trees and shrubs replace cut stems and flowers. These portable landscapes are turned into destinations for the public that inspire delight and wonder in spaces that might otherwise be dedicated to the automobile.

The Broadway Bouquet provides a tangible example to the public of what we give up – civic space and public art – when cities are dominated by vehicular traffic. The art piece captures the imagination by illustrating the potential for a car-free future with a living garden in the middle of one of the busiest spaces in the world.

Special thanks to the following organizations that brought this project to life through their generous support: NYC DOT, Blondie’s Tree House, DeSimone Engineers, and Duggal Visual Solutions. 

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Learn more about Car Free Earth Day activities here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/carfree/activities.shtml#flatironreststop

Learn more about Terrain Work: http://www.terrainwork.com/

 

Become a Citizen Pruner with Trees New York!

Trees New York
Spring Citizen Pruner Courses are now open for registration!
 
Trees New York is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976. Our mission is to plant, preserve and protect New York City’s urban forest through education and community participation.
 

2018 ASLA Diversity Summit Call for Letters of Interest

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This year, ASLA will host the 2018 Diversity Summit from June 22-24 at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C. The six new professionals from the Diversity Super Summit have been invited back and ASLA is looking to invite six new participants to add valuable input to discussions and resource development. The goals of the 2018 Diversity Summit are to review benchmarks prioritized from the 2017 Diversity Super Summit and create opportunities for participants to research and workshop resources for ASLA’s career discovery and diversity program.

Eligibility

If you are a landscape architecture professional of color in the United States with at least two years of professional experience and interested in applying, please complete the 2018 ASLA Diversity Summit Call for Letters of Interest by Wednesday, March 7. Selected participants will be notified in early April. ASLA will pay primary transportation and two nights lodging for all participants, and breakfast and lunch will be provided on the summit days.

Learn more about the Diversity Summit here: https://www.asla.org/diversitysummit.aspx 

Please contact Shawn, [email protected], with any questions about the diversity call.

About the Diversity Summit

Population growth of people of color in the United States has outpaced that of white Americans for the past two decades, and by 2043 the U.S. Census Bureau projects the nation to become a majority-minority nation. The shifting demographics of our nation are not reflected in the field of landscape architecture where African Americans and Latinx together account for 17 percent of graduating landscape architecture students. New perspective is needed to ensure that landscape architecture reflects the communities it serves.

In 2013, ASLA convened its first Diversity Summit with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of why landscape architecture is failing to attract a more diverse profile. Each summit has brought together a group of experienced and emerging landscape architects who identify as African American or Latinx to develop strategies that address diversity issues in the field.

In 2017, the Diversity SuperSummit convened the largest group of attendees to date. Participants evaluated goals from previous summits, developed focus areas for four key diversity initiatives to guide ASLA’s work plan in the coming year, and discussed the future of the Diversity Summit. Focus items and initiatives will continue to be established and evaluated as ASLA plans future Summits. The following includes links to resources, news and articles, and Summit reports published since the first Diversity Summit convened in 2013.

ASLA Officially Opens 2018 Call for Awards Entries

2017 General Design Honor Award. Merging Culture and Ecology at The North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh by Surface 678. Photo: Art Howard)

2017 General Design Honor Award. Merging Culture and Ecology at The North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh by Surface 678. Photo: Art Howard)

Outstanding juries named for Professional and Student Awards programs.

1/25/2018—The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is now accepting entries for the 2018 Professional and Student Awards, the world’s most prestigious juried landscape architecture competition.

Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession.

Entry payments and submissions must be submitted online—www.asla.org/2018cfe. Go to the “Begin Your Submission” page to start the entry process.

Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine, the magazine of ASLA, and in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. Award recipients, their clients and advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia, October 19-22, 2018.

The prestige of the ASLA awards programs relies on the high-caliber juries that are convened each year to review submissions. Members of this year’s professional awards jury are:

  • Mark A. Focht, FASLA, Chair, New York City Parks and Recreation, New York City
  • Gerdo Aquino, FASLA, SWA, Los Angeles
  • Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Christian Gabriel, ASLA, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Terry Guen-Murray, FASLA, Terry Guen Design Associates, Chicago
  • Dale Jaeger, FASLA, Jaeger Landscape Architecture, Gainesville, Georgia
  • Sam Lubell, Architecture Writer, New York City
  • Patrick Phillips, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, W Architecture + Landscape Architecture LLC, New York City

Joining the jury for the selection of the Research Category will be M. Elen Deming, ASLA, University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., on behalf of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and Ashley Steffens, University of Georgia College of Environment and Design, on behalf of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA).

Members of the student awards jury are:

  • Roberto Rovira, ASLA, Chair, Florida International University, Studio Roberto Rovira, Miami
  • Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Design Workshop, Aspen, Colorado
  • Andrea Cochran, FASLA, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco
  • Tom Dallessio, Next City, Philadelphia
  • Jennifer Daniels, ASLA, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Ray Gastil, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
  • Jeffrey Hou, ASLA, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Elizabeth Kennedy, ASLA, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects, New York City
  • Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, OLIN, Philadelphia

Both the ASLA Professional and Student awards feature five categories: General Design; Residential Design; Analysis and Planning; Communications; and Research. The Professional Awards also include The Landmark Award, while the Student Awards include the Student Community Service Award and Student Collaboration categories.

  • Professional entry registrations and payments are due by February 19, 2018; submission deadline is March 5.
  • Student entry registrations and payments are due by May 7, 2018; submission deadline is May 21.

Please review the Submission Preview carefully prior to the deadline date. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline.

In need of inspiration? View the ASLA 2017 professional and student award-winning projects,

About the American Society of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources.

Enter now for the 2018 AZ Awards

AZURE, the influential contemporary design and architecture magazine, announces the opening of submissions to the 2018 AZ Awards. Now in its 8th year, the AZ Awards competition celebrates the best in architecture and design from around the world.
Entries are juried by a panel of architects and designers at the forefront of their professions. Each winner will receive the AZ Awards trophy, get international exposure through our media partners, and have their achievements recognized by AZURE in print, online and at the AZ Awards gala in June.
Submissions are open to architects, designers and firms of all disciplines, manufacturers and clients.
Categories include:
Architecture: Residential buildings; commercial and institutional buildings over 1,000 square metres; commercial and institutional buildings under 1,000 square metres; temporary and demonstration projects
Landscape Architecture: Public and private landscapes
Interiors: Residential; commercial and institutional spaces
Design: Furniture; furniture systems; lighting fixtures; lighting installations; interior products; architectural products
Concepts: Unbuilt buildings; concepts/prototypes
Experiential Graphic Design: Wayfinding; sign programs; information and map design; experiential brand identity
A+ Award: Projects developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2017. The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize.
Social Good Award and Environmental Leadership Award: All entries may be considered for the Social Good Award and /or the Environmental Leadership Award by election. A winner in each of these two categories will be selected. Projects may be entered in one or both categories.
Enter now and save! Earlybird deadline: February 1, 2018Final entry deadline: February 20, 2018.
Submit by February 1, 2018 at midnight EST to take advantage of our discounted early bird submission fees: $150/submission for the first two submissions,
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