Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ environmentally friendly landscape design achieves GSA’s cost-saving sustainability goals in three interconnected ways: ecologically, economically, and culturally. In terms of ecology, the landscape design reintroduces native plants that require little supplemental irrigation, provides irrigation by collecting and re-using rainwater, filters stormwater runoff in on-site bioswales, decreases water usage by 85%, and replaces broad areas of unnecessary pavement with shade to help reduce heat island effect.
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The Museum of Science and Industry’s mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting a captivating and compelling experience that is real and educational. With over 2,000 exhibits in the museum’s main building, the institution is continuously adding new exhibits exploring different technologies. Along with Michele Kaufman, architect of pre-built environmentally friendly modular housing, Jacobs/Ryan Associates (JRA) designed a sustainable landscape for the new Smart Home exhibit at the Museum. According to the Museum’s website, “Toured by over 200,000 guests since its debut in May 2008 (through 2010), the Smart Home provides examples and ideas for sustainable living with contemporary style and in harmony with the environment. Whether you’re into gardening, gadgets or garages, it will reboot your thinking about your home and how to live greener.” The site and landscape elements tell Museum visitors a story of sustainability in practical applications of green technology.
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At its core, In Situ is a study in restoration, both of the site and the mind. Functionally designed as a garden for entertaining, this eight acre retreat in rural Connecticut incorporates sculptural art, exterior fire features, multiple water features, and several areas for outdoor dining. These luxuries are subtly coordinated with an ambitious site restoration program.
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Pink Balls by Claude Cormier + Associés winner of 2013 CSLA National Honour Award winner in New Directions category | Image Credit | Claude Cormier + Associés
The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced the national winners of its annual Awards of Excellence. This year, 13 projects were recognized as being pre-eminent examples in Canadian landscape architecture, honouring distinctive design, ground breaking research, sustainable landscape management and much more.
Winners were selected by a national jury of leading landscape architects. Awards are presented in three categories: Honour, Merit, and Citations. Honour Awards recipients demonstrate excellence in all judging criteria, Merit Awards in some criteria, and Citations in particular categories. The 2013 recipients are:
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When Burbank Water and Power built an award-winning electric power plant in 2005, it also replaced several existing substations located on the campus. In restoring the old substation sites, BWP saw an opportunity to achieve something greater. Los Angeles based landscape architecture firm AHBE Landscape Architects was commissioned to create an ambitious master plan for an EcoCampus that focused on transforming the grounds from an aging industrial site into a regenerative green space.
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