Landscape Architecture Projects Win Awards
From more than 600 entries, two of the thirty-four projects receiving 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Awards involved our very own David Hill. ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the world. Hill, who is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, was the project landscape architect on D.I.R.T. Studio’s Urban Outfitters Headquarters at the Philadelphia Navy Yard that received an Honor Award in the General Design Category. He was the principal investigator on The Phenology Project by the Landscape Performance LAB in APLA that won an Honor Award in the Research Category. Awards will be presented by the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver on November 24. The projects are profiled in Landscape Architecture Magazine online October “Awards” issue.
Philadelphia Navy Yard project
“Project Statement: Respect for rich histories of the Navy Yard guides the design of a refashioned campus of creativity for retailer Urban Outfitters (URBN). Obsessively reworking traces of past productivity rebrands salvaged materials with an artistic vengeance, generating revitalizes community and ecological performance. On the civic axis to the Delaware River, URBN’s private venture becomes an extension of the public realm of Philadelphia and a well-dressed poster child for industrial redevelopment.” For more, click here.
Project Statement: The Phenology Project is a multiyear investigation that monitors the spatial and textural qualities of plants as they change through the seasons. Through careful observation, an expanding palette of plants are photographed each week for the entire year to record how the transparency, tone, and texture of each plant changes. As the ephemeral attributes are documented through photographs, the research team continues to experiment with innovative representational techniques that enable designers to understand, conceptualize and employ these dynamic plant qualities in landscape design.
For a complete list of research assistants and student participants in the Plant Ephemerality Research Seminar, click here.