Invisible Works: A public introduction to the dynamic life of wastewater treatment

St. Paul, MN, USA
Bridget Ayers Looby, Associate ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Matthew Tucker; Joseph Favour, ASLA; Baline Brownell
University of Minnesota

Though easily forgotten and often misunderstood, the infrastructures of wastewater treatment are inextricably linked with the pulse of our modern cities. Invisible Works is a public introduction to the dynamic life of wastewater treatment in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is a chance for people to engage in the active nature of treatment and simultaneously uncover its mysteries through experience. The intent is to transform the wastewater treatment plant from a marginalized system into a place that all can enjoy, acknowledging its importance as part of the public realm.

Three questions drive the design:

  1. How can the public realm be stitched back into this public works? 
  2. How can the metabolic process of wastewater treatment be revealed in material and site scales? 
  3. How can this new typology for public space cultivate dynamic thinking?

This project is worthy of consideration because of its potential to expand the role that landscape architects play in celebrating and exploring the hybrid systems that support us, and in evolving the scope of the profession.


Weaving the Waterfront

Team: Hong Gao, Student ASLA; Luyao Kong, Student ASLA; Qianli Feng, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Cerra, ASLA
Cornell University

Milan Traversing

Milan, Italy
Zhiqiang Zeng, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Valerio Morabito
University of Pennsylvania

Concrete Nurse Logs: Spawning Biodiversity from Ballard's Century-Old Locks

Settle, WA, USA
Hillary Pritchett, Associate ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Ken Tadashi Oshima; Ken Yocom; Robert Corser
University of Washington

Creating Dynamic Hybrid: Towards Landscape Innovation in a Smart City

Kashiwa-no-ha, Japan
Fang Wei, Student Affiliate ASLA
Faculty Advisor: YuFan Zhu, International ASLA
Tsinghua University

Create a Walkable History: Editing the Historical Percorsi of Pienza

Pienza, Italy
Zhengneng (Albert) Chen, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Laurie Olin, FASLA; Frederick Steiner, FASLA; Rebeca Popowsky; Randy Mason
University of Pennsylvania

The Turning Point: A Focused Design Study for the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, NY, USA
Christopher O. Anderson, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Richard Hawks, FASLA; Martin Hogue, ASLA
State University of New York



Micro-Infrastructure as Community Preservation: Kampung Baru

Kuala Lumpur, Kampung Baru
Team: William Baumgardner, Student ASLA; Chenyuan Gu, Associate ASLA; Dandi Zhang, Associate ASLA
Faculty Advisors: David Rubin, ASLA; Spela Videcnik; Rok Oman
Harvard University Graduate School of Design



Water and the Agricultural Landscape of Illinois

Team: Jacqueline Carmona, Student ASLA; Maria Esker, Student ASLA; Layne Knoche, Student ASLA; Carmeron Letterly, Student ASLA; April Pitts, Student ASLA; Cesar Rojas-Campos, Student ASLA; Zi Hao Song, Student ASLA; Yuxi Wan, Student ASLA; Xiaodong Yang, Student ASLA; Dongqi Zhang, Student ASLA; Nathan Burke, Student ASLA; Yizhen Ding, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Kathrine Kraszewska
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Since the passing of the 1972 Clean Water Act, the United States has been fairly successful at reducing point source contaminant loads in our nation’s water resources. However, despite our relative success, progress needs to be made to ensure water quality. Non-point sources are generally unregulated and continue to adversely affect water quality efforts. Agricultural runoff accounts for the majority of non-point source discharges. Unfortunately, the fertilizers that usually ensure crop health ultimately place distress on aquatic systems. The state of Illinois is one of the leading contributors of fertilizer contaminant loads to the Mississippi River, and in turn the state has a tentative goal of reducing nitrogen and phosphorus loads by 45%. By framing agricultural strategies in the context of landscape architecture, the project aims to provide thoughtful solutions to agricultural issues while keeping the well being of farmers in mind. Instead of completely changing the science behind agricultural practices, the suggested series of interconnected projects offer complementary design strategies such as constructed wetlands to reduce the detrimental effects of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers.


Desert River Water Conservation

Taklamakan Desert, China
Zhuofan Wan, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Robert Wright, ASLA
University of Toronto

Disaster Autopsy Model

Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Team: Donguk Lee, Student ASLA; Xiwei Shen, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Cathy Marshall
Louisiana State University

Climate Change Armor

League City, TX, USA
Zixu Qiao, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Galen Newman, ASLA
Texas A&M University

Reviving the 30 Meters

Yunyang City, China
Tianjiao Yan, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Justine Holzman, ASLA
University of Toronto

Landscape in Evolution: Creating a Resilient Nomadic Landscape from Bottom up in Hulunbuir

Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, China
Team: Jingyi Liu, Student Affiliate ASLA; Menghan Zhang, Student Affiliate ASLA; Juelin Zhou, Student Affiliate ASLA; Mingrui Wang, Student Affiliate ASLA; Nating Li, Student Affiliate ASLA; Erji Shang, Student Affiliate ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Qing Lin
Beijing Forestry University

FORESTS ON THE EDGE Plant-Based Economies Driving Ecological Renewal in Haiti

Christine Facella, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA; Matthew Seibert, Associate ASLA
The City College of New York



Fairy Tales to Forest

Amy Taylor, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Jacob Boswell, ASLA
Ohio State University



HydroLIT: Southeast Tennessee Water Quality Playbook

Southeast Region, TN, USA
Team: Lindsey Bradley, Student ASLA; Erica Phannamvong, Student ASLA; Kyra Wu, Student ASLA; Sarah Newton, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisor: Bradford Collett, ASLA
University of Tennessee

HydroLIT is a manual that proposes innovative strategies for improved water quality in the southeast Tennessee region. These strategies acknowledge the ability of watershed boundaries to offer a framework for merging visions of urban development and ecological health. They coalesce the roles of economic prosperity and natural resource health in shaping urban life as well as the relationship between designed interventions and their surrounding biophysical flows. These proposals function at multiple scales and offer tactical interventions as economical first steps for local communities to begin implementation. HydroLIT is a pioneering toolkit that aims to empower citizens and policymakers with knowledge of water quality stewardship that can affect change across the region.


Agro-Pelago (Foodscapes for the Future)

Jaclyn Kaloczi, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Susan Herrington; Martin Lewis
University of British Columbia

Urban Landscape Metrics: Re-Imagining the Class Field Trip in New York City's Great Parks

New York, NY, USA
Quinn Pullen, Associate ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Maria Debije Counts, ASLA; Christopher Counts
Pennsylvania State University

Tactile MapTile: working towards inclusive cartography

Jessica Hamilton, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Thaisa Way, ASLA; Anat Caspi; Ben Spenser
University of Washington



RISE, a coastal observation platform

Goose Island State Park, TX, USA
Team: Hannah Ivancie; Neive Tierney, Student ASLA; Olakunle Oni; Sebastian Rojas; Max Mahaffey; Qianhui Miao, Student ASLA; Michelle Sifre; Sara Bensalem; Eric Alexander; Mitch Flora; Josh Leger; Hannah Frossard; James Holliday
Client: Goose Island State Park; Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Faculty Advisor: Coleman Coker
The University of Texas at Austin

RISE, Goose Island State Park ís new observation platform, overlooks a coastal marshland known for attracting migratory birds, notably Whooping Cranes that come to feed on blue crab. The platform is intended to provide a venue for bird watching and environmental engagement programs in an area of the park previously inaccessible due to a slough and invasive wetland scrub.

The six-foot high platform is accessed by a 70-ft long ramp and concealed by a 90-ft lumber screen-wall. Composed of narrow vertical slots of varying widths, the screen-wall offers separation from the adjacent parking lot and provides a visual backdrop for the native bluestem grasses important to the local ecology, which the environmental educators plan to discuss. Passing through the entry portal, the wetland partially comes into view and reveals more of itself as the visitor moves up toward the observation area.

Despite its vertical presence, RISE is horizontal in spirit - it establishes a relationship with the distant horizon and acts as register for the immediate topography and the grasses that spring from it.


The White House Kitchen Garden

Washington, DC, USA
Team: Scott Shinton, Associate ASLA; Mary McCall, Associate ASLA; Anna Cai, Architecture; Stephen Grotz, Architecture; Owen Weinstein, Architecture; Josh Aronson, Architecture
Faculty Advisors: Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA; Julie Bargmann, ASLA; Roger Sherry, ASLA; Nancy Takahashi, ASLA; Melissa Goldman; Tanya Denckla Cobb
University of Virginia

Follow the Water: Rain Garden as Diagram

Team: Anas Bdour, Associate ASLA; Jessica Camp, Student ASLA; Wilson Carson, John Taylor Corley, Student ASLA; James Hugh, Student ASLA; Hengyang Ma, Associate ASLA; Amer Mahadin, Student ASLA; Leslie Moma, Associate ASLA; Abbey Wallace, Student ASLA; Mohan Zang, Assoicate ASLA; JoAnna Bauer, General Designer; Amy Farrar, General Designer; Heather Hardman, General Designer; Morgan Linnett, General Designer; Maddie Marascalso, General Designer; Jen McFadden, General Designer; Abbey Rigdon, General Designer; Lauryn Rody, General Designer; Haylee Upton, General Designer; Anna Zollicoffer, General Designer; Edith Martinez, Civil Engineer
Faculty Advisors: Cory Gallo; Suzanne Powney; Brian Templeton, ASLA; Gnaneswar Gude
Mississippi State University



Ridge Lane

San Francisco, CA, USA
Nahal Sohbati
Faculty Advisors: Heather Clendenin, Affiliate ASLA; Mary Muszynski, ASLA;  Wright Yang
Academy of Art University

As urbanization grows, the value of public open spaces becomes more vital. The City of San Francisco contains more than 1,500 vacant lots that total an area approximately half the size of Golden Gate Park. Social and biotic values of these scattered and down-trodden sites are underutilized, thus leaving voids in underserved communities.

The Ridge Lane project is a revitalization of one of these vacant lots that has adapted a grass-roots strategy with the goal of empowering the community to become involved in all phases of the project from visioning to implementation, giving them a sense of pride and ownership of their neighborhood.

Meticulous analysis and incorporation of the neighbors’ feedback resulted in a design that celebrates their shared appreciation of Ridge Lane’s unique ecological and social factors.

The metamorphosis of Ridge Lane from an abandoned wasteland to a community gem interweaves ecology, design, and social factors resulting in a beneficial environment for all of its inhabitants.


Earth and Sky Garden: A Therapeutic Garden for the Puget Sound Veteran's Affairs Hospital

Puget Sound, WA, USA
Team: Dominique Alviar, Associate ASLA; Colleen Brennan, Student ASLA; Byron Brink, Associate ASLA; Shan Gao, Student ASLA; Shuyi Gao, Student ASLA; Fern Huynh, Associate ASLA; Gina (Esther) Kim, Student ASLA; Yae Lee, Student ASLA; Arisa Nakamura, Associate ASLA; Lyna Nget, Student ASLA; Eunjee Oh, Associate ASLA; Jae Jung Park, Student ASLA; Aryuna Poselenova, Associate ASLA; Hayden Tauscher, Student ASLA; Andrew Ung, Associate ASLA; Jianghezi Zheng, Associate ASLA
Client: VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Winterbottom, FASLA; Jeremy Watson; Scott Jones, Patrick McCleary
University of Washington

An outdoor learning environment for and with a primary school community in Bangladesh

Matluba Khan, Student Affiliate ASLA
Client: Tulatoli Primary School
Faculty Advisors: Simon Bell; Sarah McGeown; Eva Silveirinha de Oliveira
The University of Edinburgh