American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Announces 2015 Design Awards

For Immediate Release
New York, March 6, 2015
Contact: Kathy Shea, 212-269-2984, director@aslany.org

American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Announces

2015 Design Awards

The field of landscape architecture has continued to push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and leadership in the planning, design and development of our built environment.  The Annual Design Awards held by the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter demonstrate this design excellence in action.  As noted by the awards Jury, the “diversity, depth, and quality of projects was truly inspiring.” Out of the 58 submissions judged by the Kentucky Chapter of the ASLA, 18 projects were chosen that had “something that elevated them above simply good design and presented solutions that were outside the normal set of design tools.” The awards will be presented at the ASLA-NY Spring Party to be held on April 2nd, at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan.

Governors Island Phase 1 Park and Public Space, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape  Architecture P.C.

Governors Island Phase 1 Park and Public Space, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape
Architecture P.C./Mathews Nielsen; photo: Timothy Schenck

Resiliency was a keyword amongst many entries, with an Honor Award going to Starr Whitehouse and BIG for the Big U, a plan developed in response to Hurricane Sandy that proposes a 10-mile ribbon of protective landscapes on Manhattan’s waterfront. Innovative measures to address resiliency were incorporated into the West8 designed Governors Island Park & Public Space, which received an Honor Award.  The transformation of a seemingly ‘invisible’ island into 30-acres of dynamic waterfront park included building up topography to lift the park above the 100-year flood zone. Similarly, Hunter’s Point South Park designed by Thomas Balsley Associates/ WEISS/MANFREDI, received an honor award for the transformation of an urban wasteland into a beautiful park that not only celebrates the site’s heritage and spectacular views, but also fuses a diverse program with strong sustainability and resiliency goals. The awards jury noted a special appreciation and respect for the work being done in the everyday public sector, awarding NYC Parks with a Merit Award for Playground 123, a model for universal design.

Hunter's Point South Park, Thomas Balsley Associates

Hunter’s Point South Park, Thomas Balsley Associates/WEISS MANFREDI. photo: Wade Zimmerman

The private sector also flourished with green in 2014. Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect’s Flying Point, which received a Merit Award, highlights the intersection of architecture and landscape, using native plants and restored dunes to demonstrate elegant, yet effective restraint in design. The residential landscape of the SCAPE designed Cove Co-Habitat saw ecological interventions to restore 1.7 acres of property in Sag Harbor with native plants and restored ecologies, earning an Honor Award.

Flying Point, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect Design, PC

Flying Point, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect Design, PC; photo: Charles Mayer

With projects ranging in size and scale, private and public, built and unbuilt, submissions demonstrated design excellence across the board. “Complex site challenges have been met with beautiful, insightful and sustainable solutions on these winning designs. It is very clear with this year’s entries that our members continue to elevate landscape architectural design and are leaders not just in NYC but nationally and internationally as well,” commented Jennifer Nitzky, ASLA New York Chapter President.

The seven firms that won Honor awards and the eight firms that won Merit awards will be celebrated at a Spring Party sponsored by Victor Stanley at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place on April 2 at 5 pm.  The award winning projects will be on display in an exhibit at the Center for Architecture sponsored by Longshadow Garden Ornaments from April 3-30.

Following is a list of the Honor Awards:

  • Creating a World Apart: Longwood Gardens Physical Master Plan, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture P.C.
  • The Big U, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners/BIG
  • Cove Co-Habitat, SCAPE / Landscape Architecture PLLC
  • East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers, WORKSHOP Ken Smith Landscape Architect
  • Governors Island Phase 1 Park and Public Space, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture P.C./Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
  • High Line, Section 3, James Corner Field Operations / Diller Scofidio +Renfro / Piet Oudolf
  • Hunter’s Point South Park, Thomas Balsley Associates/WEISS/MANFREDI
  • Miami Beach SoundScape Park, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture P.C.
  • Urban Garden Residence, HMWhite

Following is a list of the Merit Awards:

  • Rotterdam Urban Metabolism: The International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam, James Corner Field Operations
  • The QueensWay Plan, dlandstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture/WXY architecture + urban design
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden Native Flora Garden Extension, SITEWORKS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
  • 51 Astor Place, Thomas Balsley Associates
  • Deerfield Residence, Water Mill NY, LaGuardia Design
  • Flying Point, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect Design, PC
  • Glen Oaks Branch Library, SCAPE / Landscape Architecture PLLC
  • Gotham West, Thomas Balsley Associates
  • Playground 123, NYC Parks

About the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter:

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects.  Founded in 1899, the association represents over 15,000 members and features 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The New York Chapter, founded in 1914, encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties. The Society’s mission is to lead in the planning, design and care of both our natural and built environments. While keeping pace with the ever-changing forces of nature and technology, landscape architects increasingly have a profound impact on the way people live, work and play.

#####