Museum of Science and Industry Smart House | Chicago Illinois | Jacobs/Ryan Associates

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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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In Situ Estate Garden | Redding USA | AHBL

In Situ Estate Garden | Redding USA | AHBL
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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CSLA announces 2013 Awards of Excellence

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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Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus | AHBE Landscape Architects

Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus

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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Innovative desert garden promotes sustainability – Daily Wildcat

Innovative desert garden promotes sustainability – News

The School of Landscape Architecture (University of Arizona) has created an innovative desert landscape that is both beautiful and sustainable.

The Underwood Family Sonoran Landscaping Lab is home to five different desert habitats as well as a pond that is supported completely by reclaimed water that serves as a home to the endangered fish the Gila chub, said Ron Stoltz, director of the School of Landscape Architecture.

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