Three landscape architecture and environmental planning students were recently recognized for innovative design proposals with the third annual Excellence in Landscape Design award.
Funded by the Narayanan Family Foundation, the ELD award supports students who propose a research project exploring innovation in landscape architectural design that relates to environmental issues such as sea level rise, green infrastructure, climate change, wetland restoration, and/or environmental justice, among possible topics for exploration.
This year the jury was composed of James Lord, Founding Partner of Surface Design Inc., Alpa Nawre, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida, and Amit Price Patel, Principal at SITELAB urban studio. The jury was assisted in an advisory capacity by Ari Daman of the Narayanan Family Foundation and Professor Elizabeth Macdonald.
Brenna Castro Carlson, “City Permeable: Urban Landscapes and Plant Migration in a Changing Climate”
The jury found this project very timely in its investigation of urban plant migrations, in a clearly articulated proposal which argues that “changes to the form and management of urban landscapes have the potential to significantly improve their connectivity to regional ecologies.” This is an ambitious project that allows designers and planners to reimagine city-planning in the face of climate-change.
Nate Kauffman, “Modeling Anthropogenic Soil Flows: Landform-based Approaches to Sea Level Rise Adaptation”
This innovative project seeks to “ build greater knowledge of how excavated soils are currently being managed; and to develop insight into how management practices might be improved for the purposes of Sea-level Rise adaptation.” The jury lauded the cyclic thinking embedded in exploring excavated construction soil ‘waste’ as a critical element in making land-building sea-level rise solutions actually work.
Julia Prince, "The Agency of Landscape Architecture in Decolonization: Participatory Design for Winnemum-Wintu Sacred Geography, Ecology, and Identity in the Upper Sacramento River Watershed"
This proposal looks at an under-studied topic of Native American understanding of landscapes and the very representation of such an understanding. The proposal is well-written, capturing both the larger picture as well as details of the project. The jury was impressed by the applicant’s strong background preparation for undertaking this work.