American Society of Landscape Architects

  2004 ASLA Student Awards




Wharf District Parks, Boston
Qing Luo, Student ASLA
University of Minnesota
Advisors: Department Head John A. Koepke, ASLA, Professor Dean Abbott, Professor Christine Carlson, Professor Rebecca Krinke, and Professor Lance Neckar.

A complex project that is simply laid out with professional quality... well thought out presentation, clearly explained and nicely drawn... organized graphics, thorough analysis...
          2004 Student Awards Jury Comments

The goal of this project is to transform The Wharf District Parks of downtown Boston into an urban oasis in a concrete desert, serving as a lung for the city and sewing the city back together over the gash created by 1-93, the six lane highway that cuts through the heart of the city. The design includes vibrant retail areas, including outdoor/indoor eating areas, restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, even retail push carts and kiosks. It also provides flexible winter use, such as a skate rink, and features sitting facilities, allowing people to enjoy daily entertainment, conversation, a lunch break, or people watching. A key organizing principle was to create a place filled with life but on a pedestrian-friendly scale, drawing diverse groups of people. The design presents the Wharf District Parks as a reinterpreted and meaningful place where rich layers are unfolded and revealed.

Drawings: Qing Luo

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