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April 16, 2013
Here in New York, spring has sprung at last, so there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to celebrate accomplishments in landscape architecture. A show currently running at the Center for Architecture spotlights the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture’s 2013 Design Awards. The 18 honored firms were selected by the Texas chapter of the ASLA for their excellence in planning, design and development of built outdoor environments. From private residences to parks to a green roof in the middle of Times Square, each project demonstrates creative solutions that elevate our surroundings. Click through for a look at the recipients’ winning work.

The Center for Architecture is exhibiting the NYASLA Design Awards through this Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Center for Architecture. 

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HM White Site Architects’ landscape design atop the roof of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center allows the garden environment to remain the focal point of the grounds. Photo courtesy of HM White Site Architects.

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The Bushwick Inlet Park makes use of five-acres of land on the shore of the East River. Beginning at the river and slowly rising to a green roof, the area kick starts a city park assemblage underway after rezoning of the waterfront.  Photo courtesy of Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners.

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Dirtworks’ landscape work on 109 rural acres in Chatham, NY, creates a therapeutic environment for Camphill Ghent’s Elder Care Initiative, a community for senior citizens. The firm based the setting on Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy of individual fulfillment and contribution to the community. Photo courtesy of Dirtworks.

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After 80 years spent under public parking lots, the Saw Mill River was resurrected by Saratoga Associates. Winding through the city, the once-forgotten river will now anchor the lively Van der Donck Park. Photo courtesy of Saratoga Associates.

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A serene garden courtyard for Intercontinental Hotel lives in an unlikely location – busy and bright Times Square. The four star hotel desired a courtyard with a memorable first impression and Thomas Balsley Associates delivered by creating a noticeable contrast from the hotel’s surroundings. Photo courtesy of Thomas Balsley Associates.

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Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects let this modern home with traditional roots inform their landscape design. Incorporating the client’s dining, living and recreational needs, the ten acres complement the vernacular shingle style of the area with contemporary updates. Photo courtesy of Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects.

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HM White Site Architects used the MiMA roof terraces to link interior amenity spaces and create green respites in the middle of Times Square. Green roof technology, thermal battery protection, storm water absorption and drought tolerant native plants helped the project earn Gold LEED certification. Photo courtesy of HM White Site Architects.

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Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects transformed a former industrial site into a 4.25-acre public park on the shoreline of the Hudson River in Jersey City. Newport Green will now play host to seasonal and large-scale events for the community. Photo courtesy of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects.

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Landgarden’s rejuvenation of a once underused community garden has created a valued community asset in the South Bronx. The NYRP Target Community Garden now provides a versatile, sustainable and educational open space for the public. Photo courtesy of Landgarden.

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The Oasis Agrarian Eco-Town Master Plan is the first step to develop an 11,000-hectare organic farm and agricultural community in Bahia, Brazil. Supermass Studio’s plans will support habitat conservation, responsible development and sustainable community building once actuated. The plan’s commitment to the highly sensitive ecosystems of the region will provide a model for future low-impact agricultural communities. Image courtesy of Supermass Studio.

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Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects took cues from the natural environment in the landscaping of On The Bluff. Despite several unique elements including a labyrinth, built rock outcrop garden, curving infinity edge retaining pool, and grotto, the built environments blend with nature. Photo courtesy of Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects.

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The Orongo Station Homestead Garden consists of seven gardens each of distinct style (English Perennial, Native Bush Reforestation, Earthworks, Conservatory, Endeavour, Timber Garden, Fernery). Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects used the gardens to explore the narrative power of plants and provide a visual introduction to the culture and ecology of New Zealand’s unique landscape. Photo courtesy of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

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Thomas Balsley Associates’ revitalization of Perk Park transformed a neglected area prone to criminal activity into a common ground of pride for the Cleveland community. The park’s turnaround shows the role small urban spaces can play in fortifying cities. Photo courtesy of Thomas Balsley Associates.

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Pier One, the first completed section of Brooklyn Bridge Park, has already revitalized the formerly abandoned industrial site. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates incorporated seating, views, pathways, and event spaces into new topography constructed on a 9.5-acre landfill pier. Additions of a sculptural rip-rap ramp and kayak launch take advantage of the site’s waterfront location. Photo courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

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The Prospect Park Lakeshore and Music Island was built in efforts to create a usable waterfront promenade for Brooklyn’s largest urban lake. The use of resilient and sustainable materials ensured the environment would support wildlife and plant habitat. Photo courtesy of Prospect Park Alliance Department of Design & Construction.

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Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects used planned garden rooms to create the feeling of a spacious environment on a small lot. A network of gravel paths create destinations throughout the garden and allow for numerous outdoor experiences on the property. Photo courtesy of Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects.

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A multi-generational family enlisted Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects to create a unified landscape surrounding a main house and a series of smaller cottages. Informal green areas connected by gravel paths were incorporated around an existing grove of trees. Photo courtesy of Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects.

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The outdoor space at Via Verde, a sustainable residential development in the South Bronx consists of a ground level courtyard spiraling upwards and completing itself on the top of a building. Incorporating a grove of evergreen trees, apple orchard, and garden plots for vegetables along the way, Lee Weintraub Landscape Architects created an inviting outdoor space for the building residents’ to enjoy daily. Photo courtesy of Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture.

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The Center for Architecture is exhibiting the NYASLA Design Awards through this Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Center for Architecture. 

The show runs through this Saturday. Click here for more information.

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