ASLA'S 2002 student design competition was flooded with entries,
providing a plethora of winning picks for this year's jury.
By Heather Hammatt, ASLA
This year's ASLA Student Awards jury members were faced with a
record-breaking 146 entries, nearly twice last year's number, promoting
lively competition, debate, and discussion among jury members. The
increased participation was prompted in part by an effort to step
up awareness of the awards program with a monthly electronic newsletter
from asla to the student chapters and by last year's article in
Landscape Architecture, "Missed Opportunities or Just Rewards,"
November 2001, according to Ron Leighton, ASLA's director of education.
The University of Guelph topped the list again with 24 entries,
while California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo held
onto the second slot with 18 entries.
A variety of newcomers made their first appearance in the competition
in the new centuryeleven schools total, with five boasting
award and commendation winners. Student winners tackled a variety
of topics critically important to the landscape architecture profession,
according to juror Rodney Swink, FASLA, current president of ASLA.
Topics included participatory design, environmental reclamation, and the effects of culture on the landscape. According to Lisa Geer, ASLA, students were providing ideas not only for recreation but also for adaptive reuse and green space delineation, integrating their sites into the natural environment and the culture of the surrounding communities. Undergraduate design winners presented a wealth of ideas from capping a brownfield with a golf course (addressing soil contamination, habitat creation, and the necessary water remediation), to integrating education and agriculture in interactive community design, to bioretention and its future implications for the water quality in a National Wildlife Refuge.
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