Two student groups from the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at the College of Environmental Design were honored in the 2018 ASLA Student Awards earlier this month.
The ASLA Student Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession.
Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine, the magazine of ASLA, and in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. Award recipients, their clients, and advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia from October 19-22, 2018.
Dolores Street Pollinator Boulevard
Honor Award | Student Community Service Award
Team: Julia Prince (M.L.A. ‘20), Student ASLA; Benjamin Heim (B.A. Landscape Architecture ‘17), Associate ASLA | Faculty Advisors: Patricia Algara
The Dolores Street Pollinator Boulevard is an urban resiliency project that creates healthy and diverse ecosystems, cultivates community, and revives the civic values of one of San Francisco's landmark streets. Located in the Mission, an iconic neighborhood that struggles to maintain its identity of refuge and diversity, the Pollinator Boulevard is a ribbon of habitat that redefines street median space in a beautiful and ecologically meaningful way. This highly visible project fosters community building and stewardship for critical habitat and vulnerable species in an underutilized space. By reviving the historic intentions of a splendid landscaped boulevard, islands plagued with brown turf and invasive weeds are replaced with smart pollinator plantings that better reflect the colorful and diverse character of the neighborhood and respond to the ongoing water shortage in California. Via a non-profit, the project mobilizes the voices and actions of local residents, city officials, businesses, educators, scientists and volunteers seeking to find enduring solutions for contemporary urban design challenges.
“Since transforming the first two medians, support for the project has grown. Dolores Street's residents whose home gardens have been reaping the benefits of more beneficial wildlife, nominated the Pollinator Boulevard for the 45th annual Beautification Award from San Francisco Beautiful; it won,” said Prince and Heim in their project narrative. “The project also significantly contributed to a nomination by a coalition of city agencies and the Department of Environment to add San Francisco to the national Bee City USA network which reduces pesticide use and restores natural habitats on city properties. And most recently, a neighbor submitted the project for the District 8 participatory budget funding under the Open Space category to expand the gardens.”
Myth, Memory, and Landscape in the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation
Honor Award | General Design
Team: Team: Derek Lazo (M.L.A. ‘18), Student ASLA; Serena Lousich (M.L.A. ‘18), Student ASLA | Faculty Advisors: Danika Cooper, ASLA
Myth, Memory and Landscape in the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation uses Landscape Architecture as an instrument, demonstrating the power of design to transform communities and perspectives in a meaningful way. The Landscape Installation uncovering the story of the untold story of Lake Winemucca is located at the once confluence between Pyramid Lake and Lake Winemucca. This project uncovers new methods for engaging with indigenous culture and hardships when one may not be from that community or shared in an experience. This design proposal provides a means to push the boundaries we have as designers, existing somewhere between the insiders, the Paiute, and the outsider, Reno and non-tribal visitors. From our design perspective, the land's incredible power and scale was not a place for agriculture or production, instead it held a mysticism and calm reverence, and this aspect drove the design program. Our program uses landform to manifest a new myth that engages the outsiders, encouraging them to journey into the landscape and discover the Paiute's rich history and immense struggle to this day.
“We believe this project explicates the opportunities for design through storytelling and has the potential to engender visitors with a deep connection to the Paiute culture and desert landscape. Additionally, this approach has uncovered new methods for engaging with indigenous cultures and landscapes when one may not be from that community or shared in an experience,” Lazo and Lousich wrote in their proposal. “This project has the potential to contribute to already-existing precedents that challenge the “insider"and “outsider” relationship through design. This is the beginning to what we believe is a highly underrepresented area in design, but one where we believe landscape architecture has immense agency in.”