Nominations of cultural landscapes – being the combined works of people and nature – often pose particular challenges as their potential outstanding universal value arises not from their cultural or natural qualities assessed independently but from the inter-relationship between culture and nature. The workshop will therefore examine how to present a clear argument for the justification for inscription of cultural landscapes on the World Heritage List. While there will be an emphasis on cultural landscapes, the overall scope of the workshop also applies to other types of natural and cultural sites.
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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is inviting landscape architecture firms to submit their qualifications to serve as lead consultant for a project greening the streets surrounding ASLA’s headquarters in Washington, DC’s Chinatown. The deadline is January 15, 2014 at 5:00pm EST.
The project involves the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems and proven technologies to manage stormwater runoff and beautify the public right-of-way in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC. ASLA intends this project to be a world-class model and education tool for developers, designers, city officials, and the public.
The selected firm will oversee the project through all phases from design and installation to long-term maintenance planning and educational outreach. It will collaborate with the ASLA Site Sustainability Task Force throughout all phases of the project.
Submission is open to international and national firms of all sizes.
According to Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, the executive vice president and CEO of ASLA, ASLA seeks the design expertise of its members to create a national model that will serve as an example for future development in the District and throughout the United States.
“We have been part of the neighborhood since 1999, when we purchased our building on I Street NW, and we look forward to continuing to be a part of the community for a long time,” said Somerville. “The Green Streets project will help make our vision of making the Chinatown community a greener, more sustainable and attractive place to live, work and play.”
We often hear from landscape architects about the cutting-edge sustainable design practices they are bringing to their latest Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES®)-certified works, but we rarely hear from their clients. In a session at the ASLA 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston organized by Liz Guthrie, ASLA, professional practice manager at ASLA, landscape architects and their clients together discussed their motivation to become certified Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) projects, the challenges involved in working with this new 200-point rating system, and the lessons learned.
Why a Sustainable Landscape?
For Richard Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the goal was to apply “systems-thinking” to their new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, which received the first four-star rating from SITES (see image above). “We wanted to know how we could truly integrate the building and landscape.”
He said too many buildings are “completely isolated nature.” This is a real problem because humans…
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