5 May 2010

ASLA 2010 Professional Awards

On the 27th April 2010 ASLA announced the winners of the 2010 Professional Awards. These awards represent the best landscape architecture from all over the world, divided into a number of categories, including; general design, residential design, analysis & planning, & research & communication. Below are some of the award winners that I particularly like.

General Design Award of Excellence - Shanghai Houtan Park: Landscape as a Living System
Turenscape (China) & Peking University Graduate School of Landscape Architecture

Project Statement: "Built on a brownfield of a former industrial site, Houtan Park is a regenerative living landscape on Shanghai's Huangpu riverfront. The park's constructed wetland, ecological flood control, reclaimed industrial structures and materials, and urban agriculture are integral components of an overall restorative design strategy to treat polluted river water and recover the degraded waterfront in an aesthetically pleasing way." (taken from http://www.asla.org/2010awards/006.html)
This project was particularly interesting to me & attracted my attention immediately as it is similar to a project I did in the 1st year, in which I designed an ecological wetland landscape & habitat along the coastline of New Brighton, Liverpool. This project & mine both used wooden decking & naturally wild growing plants to create this type of natural but man-made landscape.

General Design Honor Award - The High Line, Section 1, New York City
Designer: Field Operations (New York)

Project Statement: "
The High Line is a precedent urban park that reclaims a former elevated railroad for new use, promoting timely principles of ecological sustainability, urban regeneration and adaptive reuse. Preservation and innovation come together to establish an urban corridor for habitat, wildlife and people. In addition to providing valuable open space for New York City, the High Line has become an economic generator for the neighborhood, attracting investment toward new cultural institutions, commercial and residential development." (taken from http://www.asla.org/2010awards/173.html)

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