Student ASLA Award winners take on social and environmental
By Joshua Gray
This year’s student award winners clearly have a global
perspective on landscape architecture, with projects from New Orleans to Mumbai,
India, to Medellín, Colombia. More pointedly, the winners took on large social
and environmental issues, with projects that variously sought to purify
polluted waterways, reclaim lost and wasted land, and restore blighted urban
areas. Education came to the forefront in many projects, with a concentration
on reviving community investment, both economic and spiritual. Creative use of
new media was also a consistent theme, with films and interactive computer
applications making it possible for people to interact with their environment
in new ways.
The jury selected 20 projects from the record number of 294
entries this year. Jurors met for two days in June to consider projects in
seven categories: Analysis and Planning, Communications, Community Service,
General Design, Research, Residential Design, and Student Collaboration.
The official entrant for each award-winning project receives
a complimentary registration to the ASLA Annual Meeting, and the official
entrant for the Award of Excellence winning projects in each of the seven
categories also receives travel and four nights of hotel accommodations.
The jury consisted of F. Christopher Dimond, FASLA, Kansas
City, Missouri; Abhijeet Chavan, Planetizen,
Los Angeles; Barbara Faga, FASLA, EDAW, Atlanta; Walter Hood, Hood Design,
Oakland, California; Jane Kolleeny, Architectural
Record, New York; Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA, Nevue Ngan Associates,
Portland, Oregon; Kristen Richards, ArchNewsNow.com,
New York; and Kevin Shanley, FASLA, SWA Group, Houston.
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