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2004 ASLA Design Awards

Every year, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) holds a design competition to select 30-some projects for award recognition. This year, the nine-person ASLA jury, chaired by Frederick Steiner, ASLA, dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, selected 33 award recipients from a field of over 550 entries. The awards will be presented Saturday, October 30 at noon in the Salt Palace Convention Center. The ASLA award categories were:


"Award of Honor"--2 projects
"Award of Merit"--15 projects

Analysis and Planning

"Award of Excellence"--5 projects
"Award of Merit"--5 projects


"Award of Merit"--1 project


"Award of Honor"--2 books
"Award of Merit"--2 books, 1 website

Listed below is an image of each award-winning design and a brief explanation of the project:

Design Award of Honor

The Nasher Sculpture Center, featured in our February issue ("A Landscape of Modern Sculpture is Growing in Dallas") is the vision of Ray and Patsy Nasher to vitalize downtown Dallas with a sculpture garden and art gallery. The Mark di Suvero sculpture, Eviva Amore (2001), set off by uplighting of myrtles and oaks, is one of 25-30 sculptures displayed at any give time.

Photo: Tim Wight, Peter Walker & Partners
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Tx.

Peter Walker & Partners, Berkeley, Calif.

Design Award of Honor

This seven-acre lot was abandoned and overgrown. The landscape architecture was grounded in sustainable design and respecting the estuary ecology. The swimming pool, freshwater pond (right) and live oaks look out on Lynnhaven Bay, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.

Photo: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.
Tidewater Residence, Virginia Beach, Va.

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Charlottesville, Va.

Design Award of Merit

The former Seonyudo water purification plant is now a park of water and plant gardens, connected by the original concrete waterways. This aquatic garden was once a basin for chemical dumping for the plant.

Photo: Yang, Hae Nam
Seonyudo Park, Seoul, South Korea

SeoAhn Total Landscape, Seoul, South Korea

Design Award of Merit

A large deck with woven-willow panels overlooks the garden. Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture transformed a sloping yard into a place for children to play by sculpting the slope into a series of zigzagged, ramped walks. The ramping is edged with COR-TEN steel.

Photo: Helen Eging
Pacific Heights Residence, San Francisco, Calif.

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, Calif.

Design Award of Merit

Previously occupied by an old house, this area is now a roadside rest area that doubles as a meeting space for the Japanese villagers of this agricultural region of Japan. The site is a significant rest and meeting space for village residents and visitors.

Photo: Koji Horiuchi
Nakasato Juji Project, Niigata, Japan

Ryo Yamada, International ASLA, and Ayako Yamada, Oslo, Norway

Design Award of Merit

The schoolyard fence with images of clouds and the bird and butterfly garden in the foreground creates a colorful learning environment for the second largest elementary school in the country.

Photo: Paul Warchol Photography, Inc.
Learning Garden for P.S. 19, Queens, New York

Ken Smith Landscape Architect, New York, N.Y.

Design Award of Merit

Peirce's Woods, Longwood's newest destination, encompasses seven acres of mature woodlands. The Austrinum Walk contains full-size Rhododendron austriums from the Longwood nursery, planted in the woods in gradations from pale yellow to deep orange.

Photo: W. Gary Smith, ASLA
Peirce's Woods at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa.

W. Gary Smith, ASLA, Austin, Tx.

Design Award of Merit

The Rijksmuseum courtyard and cafe is a restful spot for museum goers. Golden rain trees highlight the southeast courtyard. The rhomboidal pool and the gravel planes in two shades of grey provide interesting geometries.

Photo: Lodewijk Baljon
Rijksmuseum Twente (National Museum), Enschede, Netherlands

Lodewijk Baljon Landscape Architects, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Design Award of Merit

The lower Bluestone Terrace of General Mills' new 324,000 square foot office building.

Photo: George Heinrich
General Mills Corporate Headquarters, Minneapolis, Minn.

oslund.and.assoc., Minneapolis, Minn.

Design Award of Merit

This garden on Turtle Creek mediates glass, limestone, concrete house, and the vegetated slope descending into Turtle Creek. The exposed aggregate steps are spaced at irregular intervals.

Photo: Carolyn Brown
Feral Geometry: A Narrative of Modern Materials on the Bank of Turtle Creek, Dallas, Texas

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., New York, N.Y.

Design Award of Merit

The Eastbank Esplanade of the Willamette River features a 1,000-foot long floating walkway, promenade and continuous seat wall, plazas, overlooks, a cantilevered walkway, bioengineered banks, lighting, interpretive site amenities, public art, and a 70-foot tower that connects the trail to an existing bridge and landscape improvements.

Photo: Bruce Forster Photography
The Eastbank Esplanade, Portland, Oregon

Mayer/Reed, Portland, Oregon

Design Award of Merit

A view of the 500 Area Discovery Park, once the grounds of a WPA-style parks and recreation building, shows the reforestation of birch and aspen trees.

Photo: Andrew Buchanan
Trillium Projects, Seattle, WA

Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture, Seattle, Wash.

Design Award of Merit

This subcenter of greater Tokyo, Saitama Plaza, is expected to relieve the access congestion to the older central districts of the city. The illumination is underlit glass paving from the retail level below. During the winter this space is an ice rink. Zelkova trees decorate the plaza in the background.

Photo: Kazuaki Hosokawa
Saitama Plaza, Saitama, Japan

Peter Walker & Partners, Berkeley, Calif.
Ohtori Consultants Environmental Design Institute,
Osaka, Japan, NTT Urban Developments Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Design Award of Merit

The entry water garden of a home and garden on five acres outside Charlotte incorporates a metal scupper fountain and plantings of pickerel weed, iris, ostrich fern, and clethra.

Photo: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.
Charlotte Residence, Charlotte, NC

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Charlottesville, Va.

Design Award of Merit

The Lever House landscape restoration brings back the original planting design of 1953. The sculpture is a Noguchi. (Editor's note: Please see "Isamu Noguchi's Playground Designs" in the Sept issue.)

Photo: Ken Smith, ASLA
Lever House Landscape Restoration, New York, N.Y.

Ken Smith Landscape Architect, New York, N.Y.

Design Award of Merit

The American Center lies in an oxbow of the Napa River with a main entry consisting of an 825-foot gravel path lined with poplars and paved in golden decomposed granite. The reflecting pond and the parking areas are planted with grapevines and native grasses. Framed by stone walls, the gardens can be viewed from a grid of gravel paths.

Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners
Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and Arts, Napa, Calif.

Peter Walker & Partners, Berkeley, Calif.

Analysis & Planning Award of Excellence

The aim of the Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Strategy 2020 is to improve the urban experience of the area by enhancing the quality of the public realm and urban environment, including city streets, parks and open spaces, waterways, and areas of special character.

Drawing by Urban Strategies Inc.
Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Strategy 2020, Ottawa, Ontario

Urban Strategies Inc., Toronto, Ontario

Design Award of Merit

The Cedar River Watershed Education Center connects Seattle residents with the source of their water and area's natural history. The project incorporates five small buildings, a series of outdoor courtyards, green roofs and an allee of large maples.

Photo: Lara Swimmer
Cedar Falls River Watershed Education Center, Seattle, Wash.

Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects, Ltd., Seattle, Wash.

Analysis & Planning Award of Honor

This project aims to create a new waterfront for D.C. along the Anacostia River. This view is Kingman Island with new wetlands and a nature center. The plan employs design to illustrate how strategies set forth might be realized.

Photo: WRT
Anacostia River Parks Target Area Plan & Riverwalk Design Guidelines, Washington, D.C.

Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC, Philadelphia, Pa.

Analysis & Planning Award of Honor

The focus of this project is the Haarlemmermeer Polder, reclaimed agricultural land near Amsterdam. The site, which suffers from poor water management, is a pilot project to combine the use of this land with low-density housing.

Photo: Lodewijk Baljon landscape architects, FARO Architects
Green through Red, Buiten Vennep, Netherlands

Lodewijk Baljon Landscape Architects, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Analysis & Planning Award of Honor

The Middle Rio Grande Bosque Restoration Project allowed landscape architects to integrate ecosystem restoration, recreation planning, cultural and environmental landscape interpretation, environmental justice, and community outreach. It aims to balance and integrate its function as both a wildlife refuge and a regional open space in a major metropolitan area.

Drawings by Site Southwest. Photos by city of Albuquerque, USACE-Albuquerque District, and Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District.
Middle Rio Grande Bosque Restoration Project, Albuquerque, N.M.

Sites Southwest LLC, Albuquerque, N.M.

Analysis & Planning Award of Honor

The new campus residential neighborhoods at the University of California, Davis aim to accommodate nearly 7,000 new students and supporting faculty and staff in the next decade. There is a the desire to maintain the city's urban village character and high quality of life; and the pressing concerns generated by the statewide energy crisis of 2001.

Eco-Effective Design Strategies, University of California, Davis, Calif.

William McDonough + Partners, Charlottesville, Va.

Analysis & Planning Award of Merit

Harlem's Hudson River waterfront has received funding from a neighborhood coalition, the city, the state, and federal agencies to assess the waterfront, develop a master plan for the area bounded by 125th Street and 135th Street, Broadway and the Hudson River. The bottom image is the present view; the top image is the new design.

Design: W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
West Harlem Master Plan and Waterfront Park, New York, N.Y.

W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, LLC, New York, N.Y.

Analysis & Planning Award of Merit

The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge in Forth Worth, Texas, is one of the largest nature centers in the U.S. The center's location on the edge of the city limits challenges its mission of preserving nature.

Photo: MESA Design Group
Preserving Native Texas: A Plan for the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Fort Worth, TX

MESA Design Group, Dallas, TX, and The Portico Group, Seattle, Wash.

Analysis & Planning Award of Merit

Mayo Woodlands is a new residential community along the Zumbrota River on a 220-acre parcel of farmland, meadows, and rolling woodlands. The Mayo family hired the landscape architect to develop a site and landscape strategy.

Photo: Kathleen Coen
Mayo Plan #1-Mayo Woodlands, Rochester Township, Minn.

Coen + Partners, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

Analysis & Planning Award of Merit

Belle Isle is a 982-acre island in the Detroit River near the heart of downtown Detroit. The new park plan focuses on improving the public domain and finding sources of revenue to support renovations.

Photo: Glenn Moon
Historic Belle Isle Master Plan, Detroit, Mich.

Hamilton Anderson Associates, Detroit, Mich.

Analysis & Planning Award of Merit

This project presents a 20-year strategy for the social, cultural, environmental, and economic recovery of an industrial corridor and highly contaminated superfund site in Boston.

Photo: StoSS
Silresim Superfund Redevelopment Study, Lowell, Mass.

StoSS, Boston, Mass.

Research Award of Merit

The groundwater from this garden was mined from an adjacent creek and analyzed to determine its effect on the salmonid's life cycle. It identified the need to provide better ecological design.

Photo: Sally Schauman
Residential Impacts to Water Quality & Aquatic Habitat

Sally Schauman, FASLA, adjunct professor, Duke University, Durham, N.C., and professor emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

Communications Award of Honor

This volume features botanical prints, lithographs, garden plans, historic photographs, and contemporary photography of the garden history of the antebellum South. The front cover is the Jenkins Mikell townhouse and garden in Charleston, South Carolina built in 1853.

Photo: James R. Cothran
Gardens and Historic Plans of the Antebellum South

James R. Cothran, FASLA, Atlanta, Ga.

Communications Award of Honor

Half My World explores Anne Spencer's garden design with recycled architectural fragments.

Photo: Reuben M. Rainey
Half My World: The Garden of Anne Spencer, A History and Guide

Reuben Rainey, ASLA, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., and Rebecca Frischkorn, Charlottesville, Va.

Communications Awards of Merit

New Conversations with an Old Landscape: Landscape Architecture in Contemporary Australia

Catherin Bull, ASLA, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
The Images Publishing Group

Therapeutic Landscapes Database

Naomi Sachs, ASLA, Therapeutic Landscapes Resource Center, Inc., Santa Fe, N.M.

The Built Environment Image Guide--For the National Forests and Grasslands

USDA Forest Service, Washington, D.C.

The 2004 ASLA Professional Awards Jury

(from left): Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA; Susan Szenasy; Richard Haag, FASLA; Janice Cervelli Schach, FASLA; Frederick Steiner, ASLA (chairman); Carol Whipple, FASLA; F. Christopher Dimond, FASLA; Barbara Faga, FASLA; Bill Marken.

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