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On the Cover:

Each year, ASLA-MN gives awards for the best works of landscape

architecture by Minnesota designers. This year, 22 projects were honored in five categories.

The North Minneapolis: Planning

for Recovery project by Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. received this years Excellence Award.

Every winner is here in _SCAPE, beginning on page 14. image courtesy HGA.

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ASLA-MN’s Annual Design Awards

Recognizing excellence in landscape architecture, student work and service Introduction by Gabrielle Grinde



The Year in Water - Letter from the President by Craig Wilson



2012 Lob Pine Award Winner - Adam Regn Arvidson by Marjorie Pitz


Floating Treatment Wetlands by Chris Beringer


Advocating for Landscape Architecture by Ellen Stewart

asla-mn executive committee

Craig Wilson, ASLA, president Bruce Lemke, ASLA, past president Bryan Carlson, FASLA, president-elect Chris Behringer, ASLA, secretary Kathryn Ryan, ASLA, treasurer Ellen Stewart ASLA, trustee Marjorie Pitz, FASLA, fellows representative Colleen O’Dell, director of public relations Jessica Teskey, Associate ASLA, interim director of programs Anna Claussen, ASLA, director of education and professional development Lil Leatham, ASLA, co-director of awards and banquet Gabrielle Grinde, ASLA, co-director of awards and banquet Erica Christenson, ASLA, director of communications



Erica Christenson, ASLA, interim editor


_SCAPE is published twice each year by the American Society of Landscape ArchitectsMinnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN). Send general ASLA-MN inquiries, including sponsorships to: ASLA-MN International Market Square 275 Market Street, Suite 54 Minneapolis, MN 55405 612-339-0797 FAX 612-338-7981 Send general _SCAPE inquiries, letters to the editor, and article queries to: Kathy Aro, Executive Director contact information above

a special thanks to this issue’s contributors

Kathy Aro Adam Arvidson Chris Behringer Coal Dorius Gabrielle Grinde Jen Krava

Lil Leatham Marjorie Pitz Ellen Stewart Bret Wieseler Craig Wilson


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Dear ASLA Minnesota: Throughout 2012, the American Society of Landscape Architects - Minnesota Chapter has focused on protecting, enhancing, and celebrating our regional waters with our theme: Making waves. Changing course. How landscape architecture is changing the way we understand water. To highlight our annual theme, ASLA-MN partnered with dozens of organizations, landscape suppliers and volunteers to install a temporary pop-up park on the banks of the Mississippi River near the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. Feeding the Flyway is a celebration of the city’s central riverfront and demonstration of multi-purpose landscape architecture – a playful space that hosts people and plants that support river wildlife. The pop-up park was officially unveiled to tens of thousands of visitors at the Northern Spark Art Festival on June 9th and is expected to have over one million visitors over the summer of 2012. Water is one of the most powerful and important elements of our landscape. Changes in climate and increased human

pressures are difficult to predict. What is certain is that our complex connection with water will continue as will our constant effort to understand and improve that relationship. The waterways we take for granted here in the Midwest create environmental, social and economic ripples that can be felt across the country and around the world. Landscape architecture provides solutions and innovations that have the power to alter the way we live and sustain and share the Earth in the 21st century. For more information on our year celebrating water, see the articles in this issue of _SCAPE and visit the ASLA-MN website for information on the upcoming lecture “Sweet & Salt: Water and the Dutch”, the next feature in the Next Generation of Parks Lecture Series - Sincerely, Craig Wilson, ASLA-MN Chapter President

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lob pine award winner Adam Regn Arvidson, FASLA Marjorie Pitz The Lob Pine Award goes to ASLA-MN leaders who stand high above others, leading the way forward. The name comes from the voyageurs who limbed-up the tallest pines in the lake country, to serve as beacons to guide them through the wilderness.

landscapes. There was no guaranteed income, and no role models at hand. Olmstead, Halprin, and McHarg—who looked at landscapes in new ways, and used written words to advance the profession—inspired Adam, who then designed his own path. Adam succeeded because he works hard, and combines a clear, well-crafted voice with full technical understanding. Topics are rigorously researched, and sites are visited in person—even at his expense. Adam works at what he believes in, asks provocative questions, and challenges landscape architects to think and learn. So how did a young LA from out of state get this going?

Adam has earned the Lob Pine Award. With courage, determination, and a strong sense of purpose, Adam has blazed an astonishing trail as a writer and critic in landscape architecture and beyond. This journey is the act of a man with vision, ethics, and heart. In 2005, at age 31, Adam took the lonely, serious step of quitting his job and committing to new ventures in writing, where he could better promote sustainable


Adam first pitched in to help with Valued Places: Landscape Architecture in Minnesota, in 2001. In 2003 he became ASLA-MN’s Communications Director, and launched online _SCAPE, which he continued to write, edit and manage in print form for 8 years always as a volunteer. _SCAPE was a vehicle for Adam to focus on topics of importance, to meet local landscape architects, learn about their projects, and gain credibility. ASLA-MN members were the lucky recipients of his vision and hard work. Steadily gaining larger audiences and broadening his venues, Adam has produced over 60 full-length articles since 2001, publishing in Landscape Architecture Magazine, Garden Design, Architecture Minnesota, Planning, Metropolis, and more. He wrote the book, Greening the Landscape,


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for W.W. Norton publishing, due this September, and is a column writer, a blogger, and an audio podcaster. Adam has embraced the digital world, and is leading landscape architects in new forms of communications. Arvidson’s talents were recognized by national ASLA in 2009 when Adam won the prestigious Bradford Williams Medal, and was selected as interim editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine for seven issues—both honors occurring at a very young age. What’s next? Adam will speak at the AIA convention and the Loft’s Writing Conference this fall, and hopes to get his Masters of Fine Arts from Vermont College in 2013. If we are lucky, we will continue to hear his voice as a writer

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and critic of Minnesota projects. Check out his website,, and read his fine essays on Mid-Century environmental writers written for A limited edition art book of these essays won an ASLA-MN award this year. Adam Regn Arvidson has promoted ASLA-MN work, given us visibility, and shared with us the latest technologies and sustainable practices. We have gained so much from his hard work and vision. It is such a pleasure to see Adam honored as an important leader with his well-deserved Lob Pine Award.



On Wednesday, August 17, 2011 the American Society of Landscape Architects - Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN) celebrated the launch of seven floating islands on Spring Lake, a severely impaired body of water in the Lowry Hill Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Spring Lake is a perfect test site for the islands. Lawns, streets, highways and industrial lots have grown up around it. Today, stormwater laced with contaminants flows from I-394 into the lake’s spring fed depths. The City of Minneapolis stores salt laden snow on the other side of the highway, and in the springtime a surge of runoff makes its way into the lake. The residential areas to the south also contribute run-off, carrying phosphorus and nitrogen from yards and gardens. The launch was part of an effort by ASLA-MN and the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA) to restore the area to its original designation as a bird and wildlife sanctuary. Acquired by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) as a wildlife refuge in 1893, the shoreline and park have since become ridden with invasive species and has been added to the Impaired Waters List of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Clean Water Act. The groups worked with St. Paul-based Midwest Floating Islands to design seven man-made floating islands that mimic natural floating islands to create a concentrated wetland



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effect. Constructed of a durable mat, non-toxic post-consumer plastics and vegetated with native wetland species, they will provide a beautiful habitat for birds and animals, while underneath the surface, they will aid in cleaning the water by attracting microbes that are responsible for breaking down water-borne pollutants. The bacteria that forms, the bio-film will coat the bottom of the islands and the roots and will eventually grow into the mat itself, a concentrated form of the same process that makes wetlands so vital to clean water. Installation was an impressive two-day affair and project partners and volunteers worked tirelessly to plant and install the floating islands on August 15th and 16th. On August 17, 2011, as part of the ASLA nationwide “08.17.11” campaign, the ASLA-MN chapter and project partners hosted a celebration over the noon hour. Over 100 people including project partners, volunteers, dignitaries and members of major media outlets attended and watched as the last island was secured into place. Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb said, “This project illustrates what happens when true partnerships are formed. When people work together, wonderful things happen.” This project was a collaboration between ASLA-MN, Minnesota Native Landscapes, Midwest Floating Islands, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Blake School, the Lowry

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Hill Neighborhood Association, the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.


In-kind donations and sponsorship dollars to the tune of an estimated $50,000 were essential to this event, but with little less than a month to plan this ambitious undertaking, the relationships that were established and the team’s willingness to tackle a marginalized space were equally as important. This project gained media attention around the state and ASLA-MN is proud to have coordinated this project on behalf of its members and the landscape architecture community. The MPRB will continue to monitor and test the water in Spring Lake. If we were to go to Spring Lake today the plants should be several feet tall. These plastic islands themselves should last 200 – 300 years, plenty of time to get the job done.



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Advocating for Landscape Ellen Stewart

I am not a fan of talking politics. I don’t shy away from my sharing my opinion in some arenas, but I have a general rule to avoid topics that fall within the category of “political.” The term “politics” has a divisive connotation to me, while advocacy brings to mind a congregation of people to support a common belief or cause. Advocating for our profession is a marketing strategy and survival technique rather than a political stand. There is overlap between politics and advocacy, of course, but there is enough of a difference to prevent breaking self-imposed rule.

practices, urban parks and open space. Bryan

Carlson, Kathy Aro and I made rounds to the House and Senate office buildings talking to

legislative aides and other staff in the offices of Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Congress-members Tim Walz, Erik Paulsen, Betty

McCollum, Keith Ellison, Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaak.



In April this year Bryan Carlson, Kathy Aro and I joined many other national chapter leaders and representatives for ASLA’s Annual Advocacy Day. A brief information-filled training provided by an enthusiastic lobby expert provided a room of chapter leaders and students with the courage and technique to approach the hill. The trainer noted that even those elected officials who we know don’t agree with the policies for stewardship of the environment, sustainable practices and providing opportunities for alternative transportation options should be visited - if for nothing else than to take up their time. Chapter presidents, president-elects, trustees and other chapter prepared to head for the hill with packets full of briefs and talking points on policies and bills prepared by ASLA staff.. The focus this year included funding for transportation enhancements, complete streets, and safe routes to school, green infrastructure


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A key starting point in meetings with elected officials and staff was educating them on the practice of landscape architecture. Some understood the relationship between landscape architects and transportation enhancements, urban planning, green infrastructure and clean water. Others start at zero. So with 15 minute appointments there was a lot of information to pack into the discussion with a briefing on landscape architecture, current projects in their districts, an overview of the pertinent bills and policies, and finally, asking for the Senator’s or Congress member’s support for particular bills. We didn’t get firm yeses since we were meeting with staff, so follow up is a big part of this including thank you notes, calling and writing the staff and elected officials and continuing to track key legislation. Which we have done, but it is even more valuable if our membership also continues to take an interest in and participate in advocacy. The American Society of Landscape Architects is the only professional organization dedicated to landscape architects in the United States. As such, they are the best positioned resource we have to represent our profession as a group advocating for and assisting in the development of policy that influences our ability to practice. The staff we have in D.C. is frequently consulted during policy development for their expertise in the built environment and sustainable practices in urban planning and development. There are no other organizations advocating solely for our profession. The more members

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we have behind us, the more influence we can have on the hill. We are fortunate to have the strong support of a staff of 46 in Washington, D.C. with a consistent presence in the political scene advocating for landscape architects. Recently as part of continued advocacy efforts to protect Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes tot School, SRTS, and other priority active transportation programs, ASLA joined the American Heart Association, National Recreation and Parks Association, Sierra Club, and other members of the Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK) in a letter urging congressional leaders to maintain adequate funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs. Your elected ASLA representatives continue to work to push important issues and gain support each year during our annual meetings on the hill. Members can do more. ASLA makes it easy to follow national issues through the advocacy alerts which are a quick and easy way to have our voices heard. If you aren’t signed up for it yet, you should do it now. Go to www. and click on the Advocacy tab. In our most recent chapter member survey, ASLA-MN members voiced an interest in following current local issues. ASLA-MN now has an acting Director of Government Affairs, Mike McGarvey. Mike is working on developing priorities for local advocacy and a mechanism for members to provide their thoughts on issues related to licensure, state policy and local issues.


Participating on ASLA’s advocacy alerts is incredibly easy and helpful way to track and influence policy that affects us. For those with an interest in tackling local advocacy issues, contact and indicate your willingness to participate.



I believe in landscape architecture as profession. I know we have the ability to influence design in a way that pushes toward smart growth, sustainable strategies, and the creation of special places that engage future stewards of the environment. I view advocacy as a professional responsibility. We know the difference we can make, and we have the ability to make it happen. Participating in advocacy will help us to protect our profession, our practices, and our communities.


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AWARDS FOR Landscape Architecture

Elements Café at the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown Saint Paul was the site of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota Chapter, 2012 Awards Celebration and Spring Gala. Almost 200 landscape architects, friends, and guests gathered on Friday, April 20, 2012, to celebrate award-winning projects, the annual theme, and the profession. Following an all-day water-focused education session, this year’s program included honoring of design, student, and service award winners, a review of the Chapter’s recent accomplishments and a preview of future activities. The awards portion of the program was kicked off by a visit by Senator Amy Klobuchar, who spoke for several minutes about growing up using Minnesota parks, recent legislation, and water-related initiatives. Current Chapter President, Craig Wilson, introduced and welcomed the Senator to the stage after presenting a video highlighting Theodore Wirth and his legacy of work on parks and the Minneapolis Grand Rounds. Senator Klobuchar began by recalling her childhood in Plymouth, Minnesota, and fond memories of visiting Theodore Wirth Park with her family, especially the wildflower garden, which was a nice getaway in the city. The importance of Minnesota’s parks, trails, and lakes were emphasized by the Senator when she described recent legislation she has championed and supported. She discussed her seat on the Senate Agricultural Committee and the importance of the farm bill to Minnesota’s agriculture community. She also recently sponsored an amendment to protect the Recreational Trails Program as part of the transportation bill. As a constant supporter of the environment, parks, and trails, ASLA-MN was excited to welcome Senator Klobuchar to our annual gathering. -Gabrielle Grinde, Co-Director Awards and Banquet

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Recognition for Past ASLA-MN Executive Committee Members

Richard Murphy, Carrie Christensen, Dana Schumacher, Ted Lee, Mike McGarvey, Roger Martin

Special Appreciation

Terry Minarik

Student Leadership Award - Women in Landscape Architecture Minnesota (WILA-MN) Miss Emily Lowry, Anna Lawrence Bierbrauer

Service Awards

Anne Hunt, Jody Martinez, Erica Christenson, Roger Martin, Adam Regn Arvidson

Student Awards

Anna Lawrence Bierbrauer, Kristen Murray, Tiffani Navratil, Brit Salmela

Design Awards Project/Category Award Designer analysis and planning

North Minneapolis: Planning for Recovery Excellence Award Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. Hawthorne EcoVillage

Honor Award

Coen + Partners

Minnesota River and North Creek Greenway Master Plan Friedman Memorial Airport Redevelopment

Merit Award

Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc.,

Merit Award

Hart Howerton

Stadium Village Public Realm and Connectivity Study

Merit Award


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Merit Award

The Kestrel Design Group, Inc.,

University of Wisconsin-Platteville Comprehensive Campus Master Plan

Merit Award

Perkins + Will

Ramsey County Roseville Library

Honor Award

Damon Farber Associates

Central Avenue Streetscape

Merit Award

Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc.

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Woodland Adventure Playground, Minnesota Zoo

Merit Award

Damon Farber Associates

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SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

University of Minnesota-Duluth, Swenson Civil Engineering Building

Merit Award

Oslund and Associates

35W Remembrance Garden Merit Award Oslund and Associates Target Center Arena Green Roof

Merit Award

The Kestrel Design Group, Inc

Whittier Clinic Merit Award Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. communications

Metropolitan Council Stormwater Reuse Guide Honor Award

Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc.

Low Impact Development Construction Guide Merit Award Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. Nature, Then Merit Award Treeline unbuilt works

WAM Plaza – U of M East Bank

Merit Award

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Mississippi Bridge Plaza

Merit Award

Coen + Partners

Honor Award



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Service Awards

Community Design Excellence Award

Anne Hunt

Environmental Policy Director for Saint

This award is given to an individual has recognized the role urban design and environmental Paul Mayor Chris Coleman excellence play in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Minnesota’s towns and cities. Through the development of policies and practices that shape the future of the City, Anne has had a visible and profound impact on Saint Paul. Anne has established a $1 million Energy Conservation Investment Fund, Secured Energy and Efficiency and Conservation Block grant funds, initiated the installation of energy efficient street lights, worked with Xcel Energy to convert coal burning power plant to a combined cycle natural gas facility, Secured Solar America Cities Grants, and has created an interdepartmental sustainable Saint Paul Working Group which promotes and facilitates the implementation of the City’s sustainable strategies.

Current efforts include developing support for green manufacturing opportunities in the city and working toward launching a marketing plan to attract green businesses to the area. Anne sits on advisory task forces for Planning and Economic Development, Public Works and Parks and Recreation projects to ensure that no project is planned and implemented without consideration of long term sustainability. Currently serving on the Steering Committee for the Great River Passage Master Plan, a plan for Saint Paul’s 17 miles of riverfront has served the City well as her passion, knowledge and insight about the river and the environment have been key informants in the process.

Public Service Award

Jody Martinez

Manager of Design and Construction, The Public Service Award is presented to a landscape architect working in the public sector. The Saint Paul Parks And Recreation recipients have demonstrated service to the public through projects or advocacy. Department For over 30 years, Jody Martinez has devoted her career to the benefit of Saint Paul residents and the surrounding region through her work with the City of Saint Paul’s parks, trails and open spaces. As Manager of Design and Construction of Saint Paul’s Parks and Recreation Department, Jody has been responsible for leading the design and implementation of some of the region’s most cherished public spaces. These include Harriet Island Regional Park, Mississippi River Boulevard Parkway, Indian Mounds Parkway and Overlook, Wabasha Bridge, New Shepard Road/Parkway and Kellogg Mall Park. Jody has met two long standing goals that will insure the efficient stewardship of Saint Paul’s public parks and respond to changing public needs, economic stresses and environmental challenges: the creation of a system wide park plan and the creation of a comprehensive master plan for St. Paul’s riverfront parks, now known as the Great River Passage. The completion of these two long term vision plans for the City’s parks emphasizes Jody’s ability to lead and unify diverse public interests that will be experienced by Saint Paul for many years.

2012 ASLA-MN Service Awards

HWS Cleveland Award The H.W.S. Cleveland Award is given annually to an individual trained in landscape architecture who are not yet licensed. Recipients have demonstrated through their work, service and leadership to ASLA-MN that they have the potential to be an influential member in the landscape architecture profession.

Erica Christenson

Landscape Architect, HGA

Erica Christenson has served two years as the Director of Communications for ASLA-MN and is a part of the landscape architecture team at HGA. In addition to her role as project landscape architect on many of the firm’s cultural projects, Erica is also involved in mentorship at HGA and the College of Design. Prior to entering the profession of Landscape Architecture she worked in environmental advocacy. Erica’s dedication to land management, protection, and influential design as well as her service to ASLA gives every indication that she will continue to be a leader in the Landscape Architecture Profession long into the future.



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Service Awards

Theodore Wirth Award for Excellence in Parks The Wirth Award is presented to an individual, group, organization, business, governmental or non-governmental agency who has been influential in the planning, design, development, administration, maintenance or preservation of an historic site, landmark or cultural landscape in a park, park system or wildlife preserve.

Roger Martin

Landscape Architect and Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture

Roger received his B.S. in Horticulture at the University of Minnesota and his MLA at Harvard University. In 1961 he was awarded the Prix De Rome Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. He was an Assistant Professor at the College of Environmental Design at Berkeley, and helped develop degree studies in Landscape Architecture at the U of MN. He completed work for the Centre for Environmental Studies at the University of Melbourne Australia, developing the MLA program. Roger was one of the founders of InterDesign, Inc. and a partner in Martin and Pitz Associates, Landscape Architects with Marjorie Pitz. He continues his practice independently and through the Center for Changing Landscapes as a senior Research Fellow. Some of Roger’s more significant projects include the ASLA award winning plan for the Minnesota Zoological Garden, the Minnesota State Parks Categorization Plan, a District Historic Preservation Plan for Minneapolis, and the renovation of over 50 miles of the Minneapolis Parkway System. He has received nearly 3 dozen awards for his work, served on various ASLA committees and was elected national president for 1987. He has published papers in professional journals on various subjects in landscape architecture and has twice received the Bradford Williams Medal given by the ASLA for outstanding professional papers.

Lob Pine Award The Lob Pine is the highest H onor given out by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-MN). Recipients have demonstrated exemplary leadership and mentorship for our landscape architecture community over an extended period of time. The award is named after prominent pine trees that were trimmed to create distinct visual reference points for early voyagers in the north woods. ASLA-MN has been giving this award since 1989.

Adam Regn Arvidson Landscape Architect, Founder of _SCAPE and Treeline

Adam Arvidson grew up in the Chicago area, studied in Indiana and worked for a short time in Pennsylvania before moving to Minneapolis in 1998 to take a job with SRF Consulting Group. After seven years working with SRF he founded Treeline, the first design and writing consultancy. Since 2003 Adam has published more than 60 features for Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architecture Minnesota, Metropolis, Garden Design, Fabric Architecture, Atomic Ranch, Topos, and Landscape Middle East. In 2003, while serving as Communications Director of ASLA-MN, he founded _SCAPE Land And Design In The Upper Midwest. In 2009 he was awarded the ASLA’s Bradford Williams Medal, which recognizes excellence in landscape architectural writing. Shortly thereafter he served for seven months as interim editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine. Adam was named a Fellow of ASLA in 2011.

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2012 ASLA-MN Service Awards

Adam is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His personal nature essays have been published or are forthcoming in several prominent literary magazines, including Michigan Quarterly Review and Creative Nonfiction. His book Greening the Landscape on environmentally sound landscape installation and maintenance, will be published by W.W. Norton this fall.

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White Tailed Deer

Where do cars stop when they’re turning right?

To investigate if new Central Corridor crosswalks and traffic alignments are safer for pedestrians, two young wormen from the neighborhood helped me mark where cars stop (or don’t stop) before they turn right at Dale, as well as at Snelling, where construction is finished.

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Re-envisioning a corner For the city-wide clean-up day, a group of youth and adults who live, work or have ties to the neighborhood gathered with me to clean up the intersection, and have lunch and play in the vacant lot on the northwest corner (also site of a possible future development by Neighborhood Development Center).

A . L awre n ce Bie rb rau e r Master of Landscape Architecture, Candidate University of Minnesota, College of Design

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OLD CROSSWALK DESIGN: University & Dale (westbound right-turn lane) Car in crosswalk

An asset not normally mapped: Willingness to lend a hand

Car bumper in crosswalk Car not in crosswalk Car going straight (not turning) University & Snelling only

What can I do to help?

-Tria V, University Dale Apartments resident

I can come help you--just tell me when! -Suado A., “Frondo” resident Drawing by Joseph Hang, idea by Hallelujah.

I’d help with that!

Right Turn Lane

Crosswalk - 10 ft


Points where Right-Turning Cars Stop, Turning North on Dale from University

Car in crosswalk NEW CROSSWALK DESIGN: University & Snelling (westbound right lane)

Car bumper in crosswalk

-Alejandro, Wendy’s employee

Kristen Murray ASLA Student Honor Award, 2012 and Dale (St. Paul, MN) Conversation and Change at University Master of Landscape Architecture candidate (May 2012), UMN

Starting with words from Twin Cities supporter of local entrepreneurship, ReynoldsAnthony Harris, that “You don’t start with a charrette; first you have to get your finger on the pulse of the place,” I set out to see what I could learn about a place at a bus stop. University and Dale is already home to hundreds of people, including many children and seniors. In some ways, as construction for the new LRT line starts, TOD is already well underway here. What are people saying as the intersection (and neighborhood) changes? How can this


Car not in crosswalk

Right Turn Lane

Crosswalk - 10 ft


Data on Stop Saturday, MarchLane, 10, 2012, a.m.-3:30 p.m.Right-Turning Car Pointscollected where Cars in the Right East of 11:30 Snelling Car going straight


Car in crosswalk Car bumper in crosswalk

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Honor Award - Analysis and Planning

Student Merit Award

Tiffani Navratil

Large-Scale Urban Interventions Large-Scale Urban Interventions Large-Scale Urban Interventions

Student Merit Award

Large-Scale Large-Scale Urban Urban Interventions Interventions

Brit Salmela

Urban Public Space Design Urban Public Space Design Urban Public Space Design

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Brit Salmela

Excellence Award - Analysis and Planning

North Minneapolis: Planning for Recovery Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc

Following a 2011 tornado that leveled parts of North Minneapolis,

the Mayor was faced with the challenge of utilizing disaster-relief funds in a manner that supported current planning initiatives.

The Mayor asked the landscape architect to prepare preliminary analysis and site-scale visions that would be used to refocus future development initiatives.

The landscape architect developed a

communication tool to optimize the preexisting planning efforts and locate initiatives at critical nodes within the neighborhood, providing the Mayor with a preliminary vision and analysis of

how to best continue implementing change in North Minneapolis

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within the new context of recovery.



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Honor Award - Analysis and Planning

Hawthorne EcoVillage Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coen + Partners The Hawthorne EcoVillage master plan

provides a model for healthy, sustainable, safe,





the context of strategic urban infill. The Landscape




included a series of four community focused meetings with neighborhood residents and leaders, non-profit agencies, the University of Minnesota, and the City to create a shared

vision that responds pro-actively to the area’s toughest issues: rising foreclosure rates,

vacant housing, poverty, crime, resident health and environmental sustainability. The master plan leverages urban and ecological services at the scale of the lot, community






utilizing innovative practices in communitybased


neighborhood revitalization, sustainability, and storm water management.

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Merit Award - Analysis And Planning

Minnesota River and North Creek Greenway Master Plans Dakota County, Minnesota

Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc., In its 2008 Park System Plan, Dakota County established a

progressive vision for a 200 mile interconnected system of open space corridors.

The North Creek and the Minnesota River

Greenway Master Plans are the first master plans to be prepared

since this vision was introduced and, as such, are important milestones.

The Plans are a model in both design signature

and approach for greenway master plans to follow. The plans

express greenways as integrated corridors for recreation, non-motortized transportation, habitat, and water. The planning

process institutionalized a collaborative planning model of cross-

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jurisdictional communication and cooperation.



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Merit Award - Analysis and Planning

Friedman Memorial Airport Redevelopment Sun Valley, Idaho

Hart Howerton

The existing Friedman Memorial Airport is scheduled to be closed

as a functioning airport based on a plan to construct an entirely new airport outside of the Wood River Valley. The landscape architect led team was given the assignment to develop a new vision

and master redevelopment plan including a research and development campus that would attract world class tenants, fulfill the local

community’s goals, create a new image for the town and visually blend the campus into the landscape of this mountain resort area.

The redevelopment plan has been unanimously approved and embraced by all agencies and the public.

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Merit Award - Analysis And Planning

Stadium Village Public Realm and Connectivity Study Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stantec One of 18 new stations along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line, Stadium Village is a dynamic mixed use urban district.

As the LRT becomes a reality in connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul and all the vital points in between, the Stadium Village Station Area Public Realm and Connectivity

Framework Plan will shape the evolution of the public realm and guide subsequent private investment and redevelopment.

The plan’s purpose is to develop recommendations for policies,

design standards, and public and private investments to create safe,

connected, attractive, high quality public areas along this section of the LRT route. Grounded in solid urban planning principles

and developed to directly respond to anticipated impacts of the addition of LRT to the neighborhood, the recommendations will guide the evolution of the public realm and the creation of vibrant,

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interconnected civic spaces that add to the area’s economic vitality.



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Merit Award - Analysis and Planning

Native Seed Mix Design Manual Minnesota

The Kestrel Design Group, Inc., The groundbreaking “Native Seed Mix Design for Roadsides” is fundamentally changing the way public rights-of-way are landscaped. It sets Minnesota’s Department of Transportation (MN/DOT) on the road to restoring more than 500,000 acres of native grasslands. With a built in system of ecological “recipes” that

at the same time allow for tremendous flexibility, but also ensure

ecological balance and fit to the project site, this method empowers even users with little or no knowledge of botany or plant ecology to create viable site specific native seed mixes. This research and planning project allows roadside seeding projects—or any native

seeding project, for that matter—to more successfully reflect local conditions, capitalize on seed availability, and recognize the exceptional landscape diversity of Minnesota.

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Merit Award - Analysis And Planning

University of Wisconsin-Platteville Comprehensive Campus Master Plan Platteville, Wisconsin

Perkins + Will University






comprehensive campus master plan since 1967. By 2010, UW-Platteville had new leadership that pushed for expanding

Tri-State, international, female, and STEM enrollment in a semi-isolated and rural location; expanding undergraduate research across three colleges; defining concrete facility and

infrastructure needs; improving residence life; developing environmentally responsible guidelines; accommodating a state

budget crisis; and building on community revitalization to chart

their own destiny. UW-Platteville embraced an integrated process to plan capital projects and shape unconventional opportunities in an era of constraints. Campus and community collaboration

created unprecedented groundwork for strategic sustainable

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partnerships and success.



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Honor Award - General Design

Ramsey County Roseville Library Roseville, Minnesota

Damon Farber Associates The Roseville Library Renovation exemplifies the value Landscape

Architects bring to extend and support an institution’s vision. Constructed in 1964, it has grown into the most used library in Minnesota and was recently re-envisioned as a library for the 21st

Century. The client wanted to “challenge all stereotypes of what a library should be.” What could have been a missed opportunity

instead was transformed, through the leadership of the Landscape Architect into an engaging learning environment. The project

achieved LEED Gold certification and is recognized as A Library of the Future by the National Library Association.

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Central Avenue Streetscape Osseo, Minnesota

Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc., The City of Osseo, Minnesota, established in 1875

4: Central Avenue Streetscape: Concept Presentation

with a present population under 3000, needed to revitalize their dying downtown or face absorption

by expanding surrounding cities. The Central Avenue Streetscape Project was a priority catalyst project in the Osseo Master Plan (created as a

previous project by the Landscape Architect). The

resulting streetscape project re-vitalizes the area and brings community pride back to Main Street.

The downtown has a new welcoming look with increased public safety, traffic calming, permeable

paver walks and bump-outs, LED street lights,

street trees and lush plantings and identity gateway

features. This project demonstrates how Landscape Architects can be instrumental in developing

8: Central Avenue Streetscape: Bump Outs

good planning principles that evolve into a built community asset.

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Bike Corral, CafĂŠ seating, Merchandise display, Benches, Raised Planters, future bus shelter, kiosks



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Merit Award - General Design


Woodland Adventure Playground, Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley, Minnesota

Damon Farber Associates Developed as a respite away from the Minnesota Zoo’s highly

interactive educational and conservancy based exhibits, the Woodland Adventure Playground is seen as a place for both young and old to escape and have fun! The playground elicits a sense of imagination, discovery and wonder through the relationships

it creates between the human community and the distinctively Minnesotan vernacular.





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Merit Award - General Design

Downtown Sauk Rapids Extreme Makeover Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

Stantec This small town nestled on the Mississippi River was threatened by the construction of a new four lane bridge that would destroy its downtown. The bridge relocation provided an opportunity to

reclaim the small town character, by strategically placing businesses to shape a more vibrant, human scaled experience. The Framework

Plan weaves together a network of streets, open spaces, and land uses in a compact pattern to foster a more livable community and reconnect downtown to the Mississippi River.

To this day, private investment has exceeded expectations, there

has been a substantial increase in taxable value, the number of

jobs retained and created has far exceeded estimates, there are no

vacancies and the small town character has been reclaimed. This project demonstrates the power of landscape architecture to lead Sauk Rapids Downtown Image 6

cities through complex planning and design processes to define and illustrate a vision for their future, to create the tools necessary to guide redevelopment, and to design built works that build value

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Merit Award - General Design

Mayo Garage Plaza, University of Minnesota East Bank Campus Minneapolis, Minnesota

SRF Consulting Group, Inc. Constructed over a subsurface parking structure, the new Mayo

Plaza is in the heart of the University of Minnesota’s medical complex. Now both a premier people space and vehicle drop-off

for the renowned University hospital, a rich quilt of amenities cover relocated sensitive medical facilities, nestled below the plaza. The plaza design surpassed stringent site and development demands, while balancing a multitude of challenges. Plaza

users were immediately drawn to the transformed space, which provides aesthetically pleasing views from the hospital complex,

calms vehicle traffic, and promotes relaxation and relief from the surrounding urban environment.

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Merit Award - General Design

University of Minnesota-Duluth, Swenson Civil Engineering Building Duluth, Minnesota

Oslund and Associates The landscape design for the Swenson Civil Engineering Building has

demonstrated several factors that make it award-worthy. The sustainable

design intent clearly reflects the scope of learning happening within the building, through the transparency of the unique stormwater capture

system. The landscape architect was instrumental in not only the shaping of the site, but working closely with the design architect to influence the shape of the building to produce a project that is largely self-sustaining.

The attention to detail and choice of materials in designing the site

elements creates an interesting and cohesive experience for visitors to

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the site.



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Merit Award - General Design

35W Remembrance Garden

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Oslund and Associates

The memorial achieves the monumental task of thoughtfully commemorating the lives that were affected by the tragedy of the

collapse of the 35W Bridge. Inspired by the victim’s families the

designer developed the concept of contemplative immersion that was made manifest through the material, text, and composition of the space. Clarity of the design elements is concise and is focused

on the experience of the visitor at all times of the day, but this

clarity is always secondary to the context of the site – the viewer is grounded in the space, but compelled to see beyond it.

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Merit Award - General Design

Target Center Arena Green Roof Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Kestrel Design Group, Inc

The vegetated roof atop Minneapolis’ Target Center is one of the largest in the world, at 113,000 square feet. It is also the first (and

so far only) vegetated roof on a sports arena. Though both of these

superlatives make this project notable, the Target Center Green

Roof also features a diverse suite of Minnesota native species, mitigates wind impact by using the plants themselves, prevents

more than a million gallons of water per year from entering local

waterways, and saves the City of Minneapolis thousands of dollars

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per year in stormwater fees.



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Merit Award - General Design

Whittier Clinic Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc Whittier Clinic provides important family and community medical services in the heart of Minneapolis. Hennepin County Medical Center engaged the design team to relocate their outdated clinic

to a building site that provided the opportunity to transform an

abandoned and derelict urban “brownfield� into a community

asset. An award winning building is set within a lush collection

of parks, plazas and open spaces, all accessible to the public. Innovative stormwater and native planting solutions are among

the design strategies. Throughout the site, design moves look to

embrace the neighborhood and invite them in. A network of paths strategically link spaces allowing users to experience a diverse

variety of landscape settings. Durable materials and vegetation are used throughout, echoing the project’s desire to become a lasting urban landscape and offering to the community.

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Honor Award - Communications

Metropolitan Council Stormwater Reuse Guide Twin Cities, Minnesota

Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc., In the Twin Cities Metro Area, excessive stormwater runoff caused

by large areas of impervious surfaces is degrading our lakes and

rivers. In order to avoid continuous costly expansions of water treatment plants, the Twin Cities, along with other communities

around the world, need to think more sustainably about water use and reuse. The Stormwater Reuse Guide is an online, user-friendly,

interactive guide for learning about water reuse strategies and

techniques in Minnesota. The Guide is directed toward a wide audience, from engineers to homeowners, and begins with a broad

overview of stormwater reuse, later providing in depth technical

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Merit Award - Communications

Low Impact Development Construction Guide Toronto, Ontario

Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. Low Impact Development (LID) is a relatively new form of

stormwater management and urban design for the expanding suburbs of Toronto, where many engineers and contractors are

unfamiliar with the design and construction these systems. The Low Impact Development Construction Guide was developed

to inform engineers, landscape architects, and designers on the common LID failures for each phases of construction and how

to avoid them through design and specifications guidance. The

accompanying LID Field Guide serves as a practical field guide that uses graphics and photographs to illustrate both the ‘do’s’ and ‘dont’s’ of LID construction techniques.

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Merit Award - Communications

Nature, Then Twin Cities, Minnesota

Treeline Nature, Then is a book of six nonfiction essays inspired by environmental writers from the 1960s

and 1970s. These writers were at the forefront of an environmental movement that resulted in much

of the environmental legislation in place today: the Clean Air and Water Acts, the Environmental

Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act. They

are pertinent once again, as these landmark pieces of legislation come under fire, and as we face new

global environmental challenges. The purpose of this book is to re-examine these masterworks in

the context of today’s relationships with nature. The essays interlace the lives and works of these

writers with the author’s own experiences in

landscape architecture, nature exploration, and

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Merit Award - Unbuilt Works

WAM Plaza – U of M East Bank Minneapolis, Minnesota

SEH, Inc. The concept for the WAM Plaza at the University of Minnesota envisions a dynamic, ever-changing, digitally enabled venue—a campus space for the

21st Century. Based on the idea of “flow,” the design recognizes the constant movement of

bicycles, pedestrians, and invisible data through and around the site. It provides places to relax,

plug in, and recharge devices and self. Embedded in the site are fusions of nature and technology:

a bicycle bridge reminiscent of an arterial stent,

a digital participatory installation called The

Swarm, and a programmable vegetated wall. The WAM Plaza is a technologically advanced space that also pays homage to nature.

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Merit Award - Unbuilt Works

Mississippi Bridge Plaza Twin Cities, Minnesota

Coen + Partners The Mississippi River Bridge Plaza is a bold, multi-phased conceptual project that inventively engages the public and

University of Minnesota campus through a participatory light installation and evocative gathering spaces, materials, and forms, responsive to the context. The design adeptly functions as an

adaptable extension of the Weisman Art Museum and associated Target Studio for Creative Collaboration by pulling the institutional

mission and architecture into the site, allowing for limitless diversity of events and public uses within the plaza. Through these

site specific spaces, the plaza and entire bridge are envisioned as a

21st Century campus mall, strategically and artfully reconnected to the Mississippi River edge and the larger campus through

sustainable, technologically advanced, and contextually-driven

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landscape architectural and lighting design.



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Honor Award - Research

Warehouse District Heritage Street Plan Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stantec The Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District has been shaped by the rail yards, warehouses, and factories from its industrial past.

The infrastructure that defines this downtown area is a critical component in the District’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Minneapolis Warehouse District Heritage Streets plan provides a blueprint to preserve the historic infrastructure and

enhance public right-of-way within the District. This model project demonstrates how preserving historic infrastructure can be

accomplished while adapting urban core areas to meet the needs

of businesses and residents. With an appreciation of the character uniquely shaped by the historic built environment, it is critical to

preserve and document what formed the urban fabric and how it

affects how we live today. The document’s detailed, multifaceted methods for preservation, rehabilitation, and maintenance provides

guidance to Minneapolis and to all cities looking to capitalize on historic infrastructure through changing conditions.

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Wil Natzel, Night Blooms, Northern Spark 2012 commissioned by Northern Photograph: Patrick Kelley

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Photos from the Water Works Temporary site on the night of June 9th, the Northern Spark art festival, featuring artist Wil Natzel’s, “Night Blooms.” ASLA-MN thanks its project partners and sponsors for supporting its 2012 “Feeding the Flyway” Pop-up Park! For more information about this project visit

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