ASLA announces 2013 Professional & Student Awards

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitors Center Landscape | General Design Category – Honor Award | HM White | Image Credit – Aaron Booher

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2013 Professional Awards and Student Awards this week. The awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the U.S. and around the world.

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Fluid Dynamics | Dayton USA | Jon Barlow Hudson

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FLUID DYNAMICS embodies in sculptural form my interpretation of flow in nature.  This flow is seen in a multitude of areas: from the vortex in water or in a tree trunk, in swirls and eddies in flowing water, in dust devils in the air and hurricanes in clouds, in spiral nebula, in the veining of marble and granite, the design of the ear, the heart and more.  This awareness, while initially intuitive, was further inspired by studying a book called Sensitive Chaos by Theodor Schwenk, a student of Rudolph Steiner in Switzerland.

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Australian Garden wins Landscape of the Year Award at World Architecture Festival Awards

Australian Garden | Image Credit John Gollings

Australian Garden | Image Credit John Gollings

The Australian Garden, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson, has won the ‘Landscape of the Year Award’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013. The award was one of three major prizes announced at a gala dinner awards ceremony on 4 October at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The ceremony marked the culmination of WAF 2013 – the largest festival and live awards programme for the global architecture community, which ran over three days from 2-4 October.

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STUDENT | Future Hopley: Hutano, Mvura, Miti | Leonardo Robleto Costante

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Cities in developing countries are predominantly informal. Communities self‐construct their dwellings and adapt them to the needs quicker and better than any formal housing program. However, informal settlements are incomplete and unsustainable forms of urbanization, frequently lacking basic services, such as water supply, sanitation, accessibility, education, health, and amenities. This is the case of Hopley Farms in the city of Harare, Zimbabwe. Hopley Farms is a community of over 25,000 inhabitants which began to occupy an area of south Harare in 2007 after informal residents of the central city were forcefully evicted by the Zimbabwean Government. With the fear, anger and feeling of profound loss, they forcefully re‐initiated life in this new location.
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Levinson Plaza | Boston USA | mikyoung kim design

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Envisioned as an urban grove, this central gathering space represents the convergence of community in this diverse, mixed income, residential development. The design accommodates a complex program, layering the varied multi-cultural and intergenerational uses with a number of meaningful gathering and recreational spaces for the residents. Tai Chi, chess, children’s play areas, and contemplative seating areas allow for various groups to utilize the garden spaces in different ways.  Lawn areas can be used for sunbathing in the summer and also provide the community with areas for flexible programming during larger gatherings, such as celebrations for the Chinese New Year, Russian Unity Day, and other cultural and civic events.
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