GENERAL DESIGN CATEGORY

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Underpass Park

Toronto, ON, Canada
PFS Studio with The Planning Partnership
Client: Waterfront Toronto


Underpass Park is a highly imaginative public space in a rather unexpected place. Located beneath a complex of existing highway overpasses in Toronto’s downtown, an otherwise forgotten and derelict remnant has been transformed into an active public park providing diverse recreational and social opportunities while connecting new and existing local neighborhoods and nearby parks. This unique public space is part of Waterfront Toronto’s revitalization efforts of the celebrated new West Don Lands neighborhood. It serves to link Corktown Common, River Square and the neighborhoods of both sides of the overpass complex through the provision of safe and animated public realm design. At a time when urban open-space resources continue to dwindle, and city populations and densities increase, taking advantage of unexpected opportunities, such as the underbelly of an overpass, has proven to be both visionary and essential for the overall health and vibrancy of this area of the city.

HONOR AWARDS

Framing Terrain and Water: Quzhou Luming Park

Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
Turenscape
Client: Quzhou City Government

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Bishan, Singapore
Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl
Client: Public Utilities Board / National Parks Board, Singapore

Converging Ecologies as a Gateway to Acadiana

St. Landry Parish, LA, USA
CARBO Landscape Architecture
Client: St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission

The Metro-Forest Project

Prawet, Bangkok, Thailand
Landscape Architects of Bangkok (LAB)
Client: PTT public company limited

The Power Station

Dallas, TX, USA
Hocker Design Group
Client: The Pinnell Foundation

Corktown Common: Flood Protection and a Neighbourhood Park

Toronto, ON, Canada
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Client: Waterfront Toronto in Partnership with Toronto Region Conservancy Authority (TRCA) and Infrastructure Ontario (IO)

Grand Teton National Park Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center

Moose, WY, USA
Swift Company llc
Client: National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, and Grand Teton Association

Eco-Corridor Resurrects Former Brownfield

Ningbo, China
SWA
Client: Ningbo Planning Bureau - East New Town Development Committee

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN CATEGORY

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

DBX Ranch: A Transformation Brings Forth a New Livable Landscape

Pitkin County, CO, USA
Design Workshop, Inc.


Until recently, this 3.5-acre property was the maintenance boneyard for a nearby working ranch. Piles of wood and debris, covered with a layer of fill, had created an artificial landform, resulting in a site that was both ecologically lifeless and unsightly. A collaborative effort combining the creative talents of the landscape architect, architect and interior designer resulted in a new vision for the property, one that reimagines the disturbed site as a livable landscape, emblematic of the heritage of the surrounding pastoral landscape.

The residence – a compound of structures designed in the modern ranch vernacular – is unified by the careful placement of layered and interconnected outdoor gathering spaces and curated native plant communities. A singular palette of stone and wood seamlessly connects indoor and outdoor space through simple and compelling expressions. Context-sensitive and sustainable strategies address water quality, reforestation and visual character, restoring ecological integrity to this once-derelict site.

HONOR AWARDS

Kronish House

Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Marmol Radziner

The Rivermark

Sacramento, CA, USA
Fletcher Studio
Client: Bridge Housing Corporation

ANAYLSIS AND PLANNING CATEGORY

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The Copenhagen Cloudburst Formula: A Strategic Process for Planning and Designing Blue-Green Interventions

Copenhagen, Denmark
Ramboll and Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl
Client: Municipality of Copenhagen


Following a 2011 Cloudburst that caused damage of approximately USD $1 billion, climate change mitigation solutions became an urgent focus for the city of Copenhagen. The flood’s consequences transcended jurisdictional boundaries, necessitating a truly collaborative effort be established between planners, engineers, economists, citizens, utility providers, politicians, and investors to integrate Climate Adaptation within regulatory planning.

The result is the Copenhagen Cloudburst Formula, a flexible, universally adaptable model for mitigating increasingly common extreme flood events – or Cloudbursts – through Blue-Green solutions that integrate urban planning, traffic, and hydraulic analysis with sound investment strategies to improve the quality of cities’ Liveability.

HONOR AWARDS

Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy

Puget Sound Region, WA, USA
University of Washington Green Futures Lab
Client: The Bullitt Foundation, The Russell Family Foundation and King Country Department of Parks and Natural Resources

Rebuild by Design, The Big U

Manhattan, NY, USA
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
Client: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rebuild By Design

Memorial Park Master Plan 2015

Houston, TX, USA
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Charlottesville, VA
Client: Houston Parks and Recreation Department, The Memorial Park Conservancy, and Uptown Houston

Bayou Greenways: Realizing the Vision

Houston, TX, USA
SWA Group
Client: Houston Parks Board

RESEARCH CATEGORY

HONOR AWARDS

COMMUNICATIONS CATEGORY

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

What’s Out There® Guidebooks

The Cultural Landscape Foundation


The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) What’s Out There guidebooks are concise, richly illustrated publications that provide overviews about the design history of mostly urban areas throughout the U.S., locates significant works of landscape architecture of each city on a map, and include 250-word essays and full-color photographs of each site. The guidebooks—usually more than 60-pages in length—are attractively designed and professionally printed as 8x8-inch, easily portable paperback books. The guidebooks are also available as free digital downloads. They derive from the What’s Out There database of nationally significant landscapes and their designers, and are created in tandem with the What’s Out There Weekend series of free, expert-led tours. Developed in collaboration with local partners, the guidebooks are intended for a diverse audience, including landscape architecture professionals and students, educators, tourists, and design enthusiasts. To date, thirteen guidebooks have been produced.

HONOR AWARDS

Roving Rangers: Bringing the Parks to the People

Bay Area, CA and Santa Monica, CA, USA
BASE Landscape Architecture
Client: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (Roving Ranger) and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and The Santa Monica Mountains Fund (LA Ranger Troca)

THE LANDMARK AWARD

Michigan Avenue Streetscape: 20 Years of Magnificent Mile Blooms

Chicago, IL, USA
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
Client: City of Chicago and Michigan Avenue Streetscape Association


Since 1993, a bold strip of beautiful landscape has run down the median of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. It spans the 33 blocks (2.3 miles) from Roosevelt Road in Chicago’s Loop up to Oak Street in the city’s Gold Coast, enlivening the prominent street with seasonal plant displays of enormous scale, color, complexity, and texture. The project originated in 1991 as an initiative introduced by Mayor Richard M. Daley and a committee of prominent Chicago business and civic leaders to beautify one of the city’s most prime pieces of real estate and transform it into a stunning public space.

Three different displays are carefully planned and installed annually so as to remain seasonally appropriate. The original design team produced more than 60 different schemes over the project’s first 20 years; today, a new landscape firm carries on the work. Due to the project’s success, Chicago has since landscaped more than 100 miles of median space. Many other cities have followed suit, making the Magnificent Mile median an international model for civic urban landscape design.