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2022 Awards + Gala The Best in Minnesota Landscape Architecture

PLUS Public Health Through Community Spaces Earthen Tectonics Monarch Waystations

Publication of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects


2022 awards


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ASLA-MN is the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) which represents nearly 300 professionals in the landscape architecture profession through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. ASLA, the national organization, has more than 18,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 42 countries around the world. As a licensed profession in the state of Minnesota, landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environments. Landscape Architectural projects range from academic campuses, conservation and natural areas, historic landscapes, parks and recreation, transportation corridors, urban design, water resources, and commercial and residential properties. To learn more about landscape architecture visit www.asla.org or www.asla-mn.org. ASLA-MN offers a variety of service projects, social events, networking and continuing education opportunities. An elected Executive Committee typically meets monthly on the first Thursday from 4-6pm at the Crown Roller Mill Building to discuss, organize, and facilitate chapter activities. All ASLA-MN members are invited to attend these meetings.

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Executive Committee & At-Large Members

Annie Balto & Jonathan Nelsen scape.aslamn@gmail.com Editors

Ross Altheimer President Nicole Peterson President-Elect Emily Neuenschwander Past President Paul Liesmaki Secretary Katie Leise Treasurer Joni Giese Chapter Trustee


Yuqi Yan David Patten Co-Directors of Awards & Banquet Sandra Rolf Director of Education & Professional Development

Mo Convery Anna Jursik Co-Directors of Public Relations + Communications A. Graham Sones Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) Liaison Bruce Chamberlain Fellows Representative Abigail Phillips Grace Chryssomallis WILA-MN A. Graham Sones HALS Chapter Liaison Nicole Delpizo Izabel Wilde Student Chapter

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Chapter President Ross Altheimer ASLA, PLA Dear Colleagues, Lately I have been trying to live with a deeper sense of awareness, spending more time in nature, noticing the effortless ease of all living things; watching birds nest and bees pollinate; trees bud and shed their leaves; mushrooms spring from the decaying leaves; the wind transfer otherwise immobile things from place to place.

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It’s in these moments that I am reminded that we too can exist in an effortless state, living with the universe, letting go of control and staying open to opportunities as they arise.


Similarly, my time as president, I have realized that certain things are as they are. We cannot change the fact that we are living in a worldwide pandemic. What we can do is accept it, listen, and collectively come up with new ways of doing things to keep us all engaged, healthy, and happy. Our awards celebration was once again digitally presented on Instagram, but none-the-less a great success! This year we

had 34 submissions including 12 Merit awards, 4 Honor awards, and 1 Award of Excellence. Additionally, PEBL Design won a National Award of Excellence for the Analysis and Planning of the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture. Many other events will be adapted as we adapt to ever changing conditions. I have leaned heavily on the wonderful volunteers on the Executive Committee over the last year and would like to thank them for their dedication to ASLA-MN. Our work continues and I hope to hear from YOU. Please continue to stay engaged, voice your concerns, your ideas, and join the collective. Enjoy the issue! Until next time, Emily Neuenschwander, Chapter President

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_Scape Editors Annie Balto & Jonathan Nelsen

We are pleased to introduce the new Co-Editors of _SCAPE Magazine! Aus Perez and Colin Thomasgard have graciously volunteered to carry on editor duties and continue facilitating the official magazine of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time as editors of this publication, and all the collaboration we’ve been able to take part in with our fellow ASLA members and allied professionals. We want to humbly thank all those that have made this such a great opportunity for us over the course of the last two years. We look forward to reading the continued work from Aus and Colin! Enjoy, Annie Balto + Jonathan Nelsen Aus Perez recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they pursued a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture with a minor in community and regional planning. They are a landscape designer for Bolton & Menk, where they work on a variety of landscape-related projects in Minnesota, Iowa, and the Southeast. Aus enjoys collaborative projects where they can engage with communities to find

meaningful solutions. In the future, they hope to pursue a graduate degree in landscape architecture, animation, or an adjacent design field. Colin Thomasgard is a landscape designer who began his professional career at Bolton & Menk in 2022. He holds expertise in graphic design from the early stages of site analysis through final site renderings. Colin’s passion for the field stems from his love for creativity, “It allows for the freedom one associates with the arts with the practical backing that engineering provides.” In his free time, you can find Colin rock climbing, camping, and attending concerts!

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EARTHEN TECTONICS Material Explorations in Rammed Earth Fabrication

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Article by Jessia Rossi-Mastracci


Jessica Rossi-Mastracci is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota where she teaches in landscape construction, infrastructure and systems, advanced planning and design, digital representation, and graduate design studios. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a licensed Landscape Architect. Jessica’s research investigates new ways of adapting to future unknown conditions in extreme landscapes, with a focus on infrastructure, materiality, and ephemerality to speculate on design responses to climate change and urban landscape infrastructural systems.

In Spring 2022, the author (Jessica Rossi-Mastracci) co-led a fourday interdisciplinary workshop with Adam Marcus (Architecture, California College of the Arts) at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. The workshop was held during Catalyst week from March 14-18, sponsored by the School of Architecture and the Kusske Design Initiative (KDI), and was open to all CDes students. The workshop melded digital and analog workflows, combining an experimental rammed earth material practice with an iterative digital fabrication process to create a series of cast modules with surface variability and patterning to speculate on hydrological and landscape change. THE WORKSHOP The workshop builds upon traditional practices of rammed earth construction through experimentation with material consistency, composition, and tamping techniques. Students

created a series of sample casts, manipulating the amount of traditional rammed earth materials (soil, sand, clay, and Portland cement) and creating experimental mixtures (replacing extractive materials with bio-based, recycled, and/or gathered materials). These tests produced collective knowledge on material composition, tamping techniques, sustainability considerations, aesthetics, and structural capabilities. To generate surface patterns and variable tectonics, students learned and applied digital techniques using Grasshopper and RhinoCAM, a fabrication plug-in for Rhinoceros 7.0. This was the first time most students used these digital tools in any form. Workflow focused on using tool pathing patterns and CNC router options to generate variable topography, rather than modeling complex forms. The resulting surfaces were fabricated out of solid maple using a 3-axis CNC router, creating 10”x10” molds for pouring rammed two earth modules. Students explored different mixtures, tamping techniques, and ideas about surface performance to further develop variation in their modules.

Left: Early material studies tested different mixtures, soil ratios, water content, bio-based replacements, and structural viability to produce collective knowledge. Right: Form liners were milled from solid maple using a 3-axis CNC router.

Surprisingly, the fabrication and casting process led to a series of unexpected and unanticipated outcomes. First, the cast was the inverse of the wooden mold and digital model the students were used to seeing – a deep canyon became a tall ridge and rolling hills became a series of subtle depressions. Students knew this would be the case, however outcomes were still unexpected. Also, while the wooden modules were able to be precise due to the high-fidelity capabilities of the CNC router, the casts were not, as rammed earth is a low-fidelity and imprecise material. During the digital modeling and tool pathing process, we accounted for this by having the students keep the scale of landforms and patterning large, select only round and sizeable bits for tool pathing, and use a lower-fidelity roughing processes in the

CNC routing. Yet there was still a level of surprise with what geometries emerged in the cast rammed earth modules – sharp landforms crumbled easily, deep valleys and depressions were less extreme, and subtle textures were lost due to the material quality of rammed earth. Initially, this translation was a disappointment for students after working to create specific geometries that were formally interesting with embedded ideas about hydrological performance. However, the intent of the workshop, combining low- and high-fidelity processes and materials, was not to view the fabrication process as purely replicating a digital model in a physical form. Rather we were interested in utilizing this as generative and iterative process, with each step a translation and continuation of design. We encouraged students to view these unexpected outcomes as a source of inspiration when developing their speculative collages and not simply a photoshopped version of their rammed earth topographies. They considered their cast and its imperfections, areas of lost detail, and the imprecision of rammed earth to inform areas of decay, change, impermanence, permeability, and other ephemeral landscape qualities, as well as surface materials and water flows. They also reimagined their casts at different physical and time scales to project impacts of hydrological and landscape change over time. The final products were exhibited at the end of the four-day workshop, with cast modules, CNC form liners, material tests, RhinoCAM process renderings, speculative collages, and an animation showing the fabrication process assembled into a collective installation.

The 10” x 10” form liners were placed in plywood molds to produce the rammed earth modules.

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Exhibition documenting the four-day workshop.



Wooden CNC form liners.

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WHY DOES THIS MATTER TO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS? Outcomes from this workshop demonstrate potentials for future exploration of rammed earth as an innovative material assembly and digital fabrication as an iterative tool in the design process. Rammed earth, as a material and process, can begin to inform new material assemblies and performances to move us away from carbon-intensive, permanent assemblies to impermanent assemblies that may change over time and set up future conditions. Further integration and experimentation with digital tools and fabrication techniques in an iterative process has the potential to generate new landscape forms and spatial relationships. This could extend to further understand impacts of time, collection, materials, and water flow on variable and highly articulated surfaces, details, furniture, and large-scale territorial landforming, furthering our work and scope as Landscape Architects. REFERENCES Ben Alon, Lola, Vivian Loftness, Kent Harries, and Erica Cochran Hameen. 2018. “The Biophilic Power and Environmental Urgency of Earthen Construction.” Paper presented at the Biophilic Design Summit, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2018.

Rael, Ronald. 2008. Earth Architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. Steiner, Halina. 2020. “Curbing Sediment: Cleaning Stormwater to Protect Ecosystems And Investments In Green Infrastructure.” Paper presented at Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference 2020 (canceled due to COVID), “Deep Time: 100 Years of CELA,” March 2020. Varela, Barbara, Alexandra Paio, and Vasco Moreira Rato. 2013. “Digital tectonic: Rethinking the building with earth in Architecture.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Vernacular Heritage & Earthen Architecture, Vila Nova Cerveira, Portugal, October 2013. _SCAPE | SUMMER 2022 | ISSUE #33

M’Closkey, Karen, and Keith VanDerSys. 2017. Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age. New York, NY: Routledge.

Nitelik Gelirlia, Dilara, and Ümit Arpacıoğlub. 2020. “Development of the Usage Possibilities of Adobe with Computational Design.” Paper presented at the 8th International Conference Kerpic 2020, “Healthy Buildings: The Role of Earthen Materials on Providing Healthy and Sustainable Indoor Environment,” Istanbul, Turkey, November 2020. Özsel Akipek, Fulya, and Tuğrul Yazar. 2017. “Common Action Walls – POT+ Design Research Group.” Accessed May 16, 2022. http://potplus.org/common-action-walls/.


Details of final rammed earth casts.

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Students completed a quick drawing exercise (~4 hours!) speculating how the forms and textures might scale up to inform larger hydrological systems, landscape space, and ecologies.

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MONARCH WAYSTATIONS Developing Habitat and Resources to Sustain Monarch Butterfly Migration Article by Azalea Hallin-Graber

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Azalea Hallin-Graber grew up in the Twin Cities and is a student at the University of Minnesota studying Landscape Architecture and Urban Studies. With an interest in park design, Azalea is passionate about creating playful spaces for people to discover ecology and landscape. This past summer Azalea worked as a design intern at Landbridge Ecological where she got to be an ecological restoration technician and designer. Outside of school, Azalea loves woodworking and aspires to build a canoe to go down the Mississippi River after graduation.


Example of signage placed in a garden designed as a Monarch Waystation. Image Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monarch_Butterfly_waystation_sign. jpg; Wikipedia Commons User: Geraldshields11


milkweed species. When planting a monarch waystation, it must include milkweed and nectar plants for habitat growth. To create a large enough habitat for monarch butterflies, there must be at least 10 milkweed plants. Monarch butterflies need a protected area; therefore, planting more milkweed plants will help create a safe environment. Milkweed species include Swamp Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Butterfly Milkweed, Showy Milkweed, and Common Milkweed. Nectar plant species can either bloom for one growing season, annual, or regrow every spring, perennial. Annual nectar plants include Sunflower, Verbena, Lantana, Zinnia, Tithonia, and Cosmos. Perennial nectar plants include Aster, Coneflower, Bee Balm, Joe Pye Weed, Sedum, or Blazing Star.

Monarch waystations are places that allow monarch butterflies to continue migration and produce successive generations of butterflies. Humans have the ability to help save monarch butterflies from extinction by creating monarch waystations with habitats such as milkweed. The caterpillar and monarch butterfly are dependent on milkweed to eat and grow, creating a diverse ecosystem that helps many species thrive. Monarch butterflies and milkweed have a mutually beneficial relationship. Monarch larvae only eat milkweed, and as they grow the plant secretes toxic steroids that create a bad taste, helping butterflies survive as it defends against predators. Through planting milkweed and nectar plants, creating waystations contributes to monarch conservation.




In order for a monarch waystation to succeed, it must be taken care of. General practices for sustainable management include mulching, thinning, fertilizing, adjusting soil, removing dead plants and invasive species, watering, and not using insecticides.

Understanding where to place a monarch waystation is an essential step toward creating safe environments for monarch butterflies to feed on and survive throughout generations. A proper monarch habitat will be located in an area with plenty of sunlight: at least 6 hours each day. A waystation must also have plenty of space to grow and provide sufficient food; therefore, it should be a minimum of 100 square feet.

Monarch habitats can be certified through the International Monarch Waystation Registry. In order to receive certification, the monarch waystation must meet the habitat requirements outlined by the Monarch Waystation Registry. These requirements are based on the habitat size, exposure to the sun,

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Plants in the Garden A - Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata B - Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa C - Wild Blue Indigo Baptisia australis D - Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida E - Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum F - Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya

G - Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa H - Showy Black-eyed Susan Rudebeckia fulgida var. speciosa I - Prairie Dropseed Sporobolus heterolepis J - Little Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium Artwork provided by: K - Mountain Mint Pycanthemum virginianum L - Rattlesnake Master Eryngium yuccifolium

A monarch waystation includes various pollinatory species that are attractive to the Monarch and provide needed nutrients during their migrations that can be more than 2,000 miles. Image Credit: Bloomington Area Conservation Trust, https://bactrust.org/pollinators-monarch-butterflies-bees/

soil type and drainage, shelter, milkweed and nectar plants, and site management. Once certified, the waystation will be included in a worldwide registry that will include an individual ID number. The owner of the waystation must also purchase a sign to identify the habitat as an official Monarch Waystation. MONITORING

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Continued management of a monarch waystation will help the ecosystem survive. This requires consistent check-ups on the area to make sure proper management practices are performed throughout the growing season, as listed above in the management section.

moisture levels. Throughout the United States, there are four different milkweed eco-regions: Northeast Region: common milkweed, swamp milkweed, butterfly milkweed, poke milkweed South Central Region: antelope horn milkweed, green antelope horn milkweed, zizotes milkweed Southeast Region: aquatic milkweed, white milkweed, butterfly milkweed West Region: showy milkweed, antelope horn milkweed



Native plant species require less maintenance and have the potential to benefit hundreds of local wildlife. When creating a monarch waystation, it is important to plant native milkweed based on each eco-region. An eco-region is an ecosystem that is dependent on its relative geographic location, sun patterns, and

In the past 20 years, monarch butterfly populations have decreased by 80 percent with over 860 stems of milkweed in the northern United States lost in the last decade. To reestablish the monarch population, 3.62 billion milkweed stems need to be reestablished. Mass land conversion for crops combined with the impacts of climate change has forced monarch butterflies to migrate farther north during the spring and travel longer distances. This could lead to the extinction of the monarch butterfly. One small step towards the continuation of the monarch butterfly species is to restore habitats rich in milkweed and nectar plants by creating monarch waystations. Through learning about and practicing proper conservation efforts, monarch waystations have the potential to save the monarch species from extinction.


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Thinking Outside (The Box) Promoting Public Health Through Outdoor Community Spaces

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Article Written By Haila Maze, Mike Thompson, Michael Cole, and Rober Beale


As a principal planner, Haila Maze is committed to advancing the long-term success of communities through planning and project management services. She draws on her experience in local and regional planning to connect with clients, helping them identify what they need and how to accomplish it. Her work includes land use and transportation planning, creative and inclusive engagement, and supporting work in health assessment, scenario planning and modeling, and implementation planning. As the deputy project manager for the consultant team, Haila’s role included project management, as well as leadership on planning and public engagement components. Mike Thompson is a senior urban planner who loves the process of working with communities to rethink and redesign the ways in which their neighborhoods look, feel, and function. He has community planning and design experience across the country, including site planning and design, public realm programming and design, multimodal transportation planning, project management, and public engagement facilitation. Through his work, Mike seeks to promote places that are reflective of those who use them every day. Through a robust, interdisciplinary approach, Mike formulated recommendations that addressed corridor-wide design and development improvements.

Michael Cole co-founded ColeJenest & Stone in 1988 and provides business development and start-up project design and planning. He has 41 years of experience across the southeast and is well connected with influential business, institutional, and community leaders. His project work focuses primarily on the public sector, including civic and streetscape design, college and university campuses, healthcare and medical facilities, master planning, utilities, and infrastructure. Michael served as the project principal for the Town of Cary Downtown Park. He and his wife Beverly live on her family farm which was established in 1832. As a landscape architect in the firm, Robert Beale has produced design and detail drawings from the schematic phase through construction administration. He has prepared final construction plans and specifications for permitting and bidding, through coordination with architects, civil engineers, electrical engineers and contractors. He has extensive computer skills including Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS and AutoCAD. Robert served as the lead landscape architect and client services manager for the Town of Cary Park and has been designing outdoor spaces in the Southeast for over 10 years.

With the rise of portable technology over the last decade, we have completely shifted how we stay connected with the people and places that matter to us most. However, with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a need to use outdoor spaces to maintain public health and stay connected to each other in person. What is Public Health and Why Does it Matter?

Public Health: Expertise in the Southeast The Downtown Cary Park Fountain Plaza in Cary, North Carolina has created a central hub for community events and recreation to support the historic downtown in the outdoor realm. This highly visible public open space frames a signature water feature with dynamic programming options for lighting and jet flow displays, creating an alluring space that can be admired and enjoyed by nearby residents and visitors alike. The fountain plaza is separated into several distinct areas including open seating surrounding the fountain, a recreation garden, a passive garden, and a central lawn fronting a raised hardscape stage. The recreation garden has a variety of active programmed events, and the passive garden is designed as a visual component of the park.

“Translating stakeholder feedback into design solutions allows for successful outcomes where both the community and clients are satisfied with their improved spaces. ”

Today, more than ever, the condition and quality of public spaces reflect the perceived values of those who live around or use those spaces. Unkept and underinvested public spaces can convey a message that those who live and use the space are not worth the investment. As this is decidedly not the case, it is important that public space design and maintenance reflect a commitment to valuing and uplifting the community. Creating Outdoor Community Spaces Though public health and safety have always been two of our guiding principles, the pandemic presented a need to prioritize the functionality of the outdoor spaces we create for communities. There is renewed focus on the transition between indoor and outdoor

The process of designing the park involved community interaction and feedback, ranging from Town staff, stakeholders, neighbors, business leaders, churches, and schools, to assure a broad crosssection of ideas and opinions. The Town hosted several wellattended town-hall style meetings to gain valuable input and encourage public participation. This collaborative effort established the foundation for a successful park where community members could come together and enjoy.

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Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA). During the pandemic, safe and socially distanced engagement activities were held in outdoor spaces, further emphasizing the already critical role these places play in our communities.

spaces, which has helped make both public space and building design more critical to promoting physical and mental well-being.


The Downtown Cary Park Fountain Plaza in Cary, North Carolina has created a central hub for community events and recreation to support the historic downtown in the outdoor realm.

The park also has a variety of venues to promote physical activity which supports public health. Venues include opportunities for outdoor meetings (tables and seating), public art, play spaces, impromptu performance space, as well as unprogrammed open spaces. The Town of Cary has always been at the forefront of developing parks, greenways, and a variety of award-winning public open spaces, and the pandemic has significantly expanded the need for well-programmed outdoor spaces with the flexibility to support health and well-being, education, social interaction, and entertainment. Community Feedback + Project Success Public feedback, input, and ideas are crucial to the success and longevity of the outdoor spaces we help create. We know these spaces belong to the community, so we developed the INPUTiD™ tool to ensure every resident has a voice in guiding what gets built. Because we believe these spaces belong to the community, our goal is to create memorable, functional spaces that seamlessly blend the collective visions of each person using the space.

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Public Health: Progress in the Midwest


In the Midwest, Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota are working to define a community-driven vision for Rice Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Wheelock Parkway. Rice Street serves a diverse mix of residents, travelers, visitors, businesses, and travel modes. There is a need to strengthen community development, business vitality, bicyclist and pedestrian connections, and public safety. This led the team to focus on a plan that holistically promotes livability along the corridor.

Learn more about the Rice Street Visioning Study by viewing the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvQgdvADlxY&t=8s Design solutions were carefully crafted to support land use improvements, provide multimodal access, development connections, and promote a more livable corridor for all residents. The study met desires for safer travel for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists, created more public recreation spaces, and improved public safety. This was realized by improving and enhancing multimodal and active transportation infrastructure and accessibility through coordination with the new METRO E Line Bus Rapid Transit project, as well as implementing a new off-street multiuse trail and improved sidewalks for residents. Future opportunities involving stormwater management and removing existing pipe utilities for long-term environmental sustainability and wellness of the community were also identified. This project embodied principals associated with public health, with a focus on active living, improved access to healthy food, safe public spaces, and community connectedness. Now, Go and Enjoy your Local Outdoor Spaces! Outdoor spaces are vital to socializing and connecting with others. Maintaining the space through public ownership often ensures these spaces can sustain their safety and well-being. Translating stakeholder feedback into design solutions allows for successful outcomes where both the community and clients are satisfied with their improved spaces. These efforts are rooted in our mission is to build safe, sustainable, and beautiful projects that make a lasting contribution to the community.

With the community’s expressed desires top of mind, Bolton & Menk served as a trusted advisor as a community and agency coordinator to facilitate coordination among engagement efforts, design options, and multiple groups. Through this partnership, the project ultimately connected multiple initiatives into a cohesive and aligned final vision that received strong agency and community support.

Pop-up events helped facilitate an engaging, educational, and responsive public involvement process to gather input on the current conditions and generate a shared vision for the Rice Street Visioning Study.

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Public involvement activities were a central part of generating community engagement in the Rice Street Revisioning Study.


The Downtown Cary Park Fountain Plaza has a variety of venue opportunities for outdoor meetings, public art, play spaces, impromptu performance space, and more.

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General Design

Residential Design

Award of Excellence Damon Farber Water Works Park

Honor Award Ten x Ten White Sand Retreat

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Merit Award Coen + Partners Mt. Curve Residence

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Service + Recognition

Student Awards

Merit Award HGA Architects and Engineers Marlboro Music

Lob Pine Award Krstine Miller

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H.W.S Cleveland Award Yuqi Yan

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Planning + Urban Design

Roger Martin Travel Prize Fellowship Rachel Valenziano

Honor Award LHB, Inc. Duluth Lakewalk Renewal and Brighton Beach Resiliency Plan Merit Award Confluence Falls Park Conceptual Master Plan Merit Award Ten x Ten Horseshoe Bay Farms Vision + Interpretive Plan

Lob Pine Award Kristine Miller

Kristine F. Miller is a Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota. She has published numerous books and papers including three books on design, public space, politics, and identity. Designs on the Public: The Private Lives of New York’s Public Spaces. Almost Home: The Public Work of Gertrude Jekyll, and Introduction to Design Equity In 2005, Miller co-founded ReMix, an amazing long term community/university partnership with Juxtaposition Arts that has impacted hundred of students. Miller holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, and a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. She has received numerous fellowships including time as Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks Fellow, her work as a Bush Fellow and as an Institute of Advanced Study Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Her career has been dedicated to work around equity, justice and community, and in bridging the academy and practice. Her impact on students, professionals and communities is immeasurable.

Yuqi Yan

Yuqi joined O2 Design in 2017, where she quickly grew to become a crucial member of the team and has contributed her skills and talent to several award -winning designs. She is detail-oriented, workfocused, and delivers exceptional work on sophisticated built projects, including the Master Plan and Design of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, which won the ASLA-MN Merit Award in 2020 and ASLA-IL Merit Award in 2021. Yuqi consistently demonstrates leadership and a commitment to service in both her academic and professional careers. Having received several academic awards and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Art Design from Shenyang Jianzhu University in China, Yuqi immigrated to The United States to pursue a Master of Landscape Architecture Degree at the University of Minnesota. Yuqi served as a teaching assistant, which allowed her to share her expanding skills in landscape architecture and coach new students in the Undergraduate and MLA programs. Yuqi graduated with dual Masters Degrees in Landscape Architecture and Metropolitan Design, and received the ASLA-MN Academic Merit Award.

Roger Martin Travel Prize Fellowship Rachel Valenziano

Rachel is an Associate at TEN x TEN Studio. Her work stems from a deep curiosity of the natural world and the sensory qualities of our environments. As part of her professional practice, she has collaborated on a range of multidisciplinary projects, both local and international, and is particularly intrigued by work that questions norms and builds relationships among communities, disciplines, and ecologies. As the 2022 Roger Martin Fellow, her work will test the walk as an investigative tool and research method. The aim is to explore the power dynamics between a site’s form and the spontaneous, subversive, unregulated, appropriative, or emotional ways in which it is used by human and nonhuman life. Her walks will traverse various geographies in Italy and will be recorded through the creation of continuous, linear sketches that capture the involuntary moments of intrigue that one experiences while walking. Her drawings will be shared in an exhibition in the Fall of 2023.

WILA Joan MacLeod MLA Student Leadership Award Torey Erin

WILA Marjorie Pitz BLA Student Leadership Award Rebecca Perez

WILA MN Student Diversity Scholarship Award Jade Xing

Torey has a background in art curation, analog filmmaking and conceptual art. Her interest in landscape architecture stems from her passion for deep ecology, climate resilience, and remembering our way back to earth. Torey recently designed and installed her first collaborative healing garden for the Midwest Land Art Biennial called Love Letters to the Earth in Fargo, North Dakota with support from the Plains Art Museum, Franconia Sculpture Park and Growing Together World Gardens. For this project she created handmade perennial seed paper and invited community members to discuss their love of nature and ecological grief followed by writing personal letters of gratitude, love, and poetry to the earth. Together they planted the seed paper in the garden and it has grown to support pollinators and bird habitats. Torey is working towards integrating creative, empathetic, and poetic ways to approach landscape architecture in order to design futures that see the landscape as a living relative. Rebecca Perez is currently in her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota and starting her first year of the MLA as a part of the Integrated Program. She has spent her last couple of years of undergrad working as a student lead for the local branch of the U of M’s Engineering Without Borders chapter on a project in partnership with the Urban Farm & Garden Alliance. Working with other students, community members, and mentors, the group is helping to construct infrastructure improvements in the Victoria Community Garden in St. Paul. Rebecca has greatly valued the opportunity to be in a leadership position during the implementation phase of the project this summer and has developed an understanding more than ever for the value of the fusion of learning and leading. Jade Xing, in her second year with the MLA program, comes to the University of Minnesota from China with a passion of creativity and design. With an interest in cultural diversities and the minority landscape, her professional goal is to spread peace, love, and respect in design projects. Jade has worked as an intern student in Asia and North America for a while and is taking HFE as her dual degree. She is looking forward to using what she learned from different fields to apply her understanding and add depth to design.

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H.W.S Cleveland Award


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Water Works Park Damon Farber General Design, Award of Excellence This major downtown park and visitor building celebrates the stories of the site and rehabilitated existing historic structures. Engaging with sub-consultants as diverse as archaeologists and Indigenous linguists, the design communicates a multicultural historic presence. With sustainability at the forefront, reuse of historic structures, relics, remnants, and rainwater are features. As lead consultant, the landscape architect was responsible for directing and managing the design effort, team coordination, communication with funders, public engagement support, document development, cultural interpretation, and construction administration.


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Trane Park Damon Farber General Design, Honor Award This legacy project revitalized a neighborhood park for all ages, including people with autism, and physical disabilities. Trane park’s rebirth began as a grassroots effort, led by parents of children with autism. A diverse stakeholder group, including people from the local healthcare industry, school system, autism foundation, business community, and parents of kids with autism and special needs collaborated with the design team. Their input was incredibly valuable, their passion for the project infectious, and we are forever humbled by their steadfast commitment to the project. This space is bringing the community together in a safe, accessible, and inclusive environment.


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Old Cedar Avenue Trailhead SRF Consulting Group General Design, Merit Award The Landscape Architect was part of a design team along with engineers and architects that helped the City of Bloomington and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service envision a new trailhead that welcomes visitors to the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge. After input from agency and public stakeholders, the Landscape Architect developed a site plan, conceptual renderings, and construction documents. The plan included a central bicycle/pedestrian path across the historic bridge, a shelter building, redesigned parking area, and bicycle hub. The project opened to the public in 2020 and succeeds in enhancing recreational access in this unique environmental area.


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Mill 19, Phases A + B Ten x Ten General Design, Merit Award Mill 19 is a LEED-certified project that lays the groundwork for a new type of regional economic hub which celebrates Pittsburgh’s industrial legacy, instigates renewal, and rebuilds healthy relationships between the community, the site, and the Monongahela River. Phases A + B of this adaptive reuse project included the development of two new buildings nested into the framework of a historic steel mill, located within a brownfield site that is currently being transformed into a sustainable, high-tech innovation district. The preserved steel frame honors the history of labor and a regenerative future while providing new experiences made from post-industrial remnants.


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Vesterheim Heritage Park Damon Farber General Design, Merit Award Vesterheim Heritage Park is a curated experience linking visitors to the journey immigrants endured to establish a foothold in America. The landscape architect transformed a mown landscape with a disparate collection of historic settlement structures into a sustainable landscape that creates a stronger context in which museum staff can tell the immigration story. Heritage Park provides improved access to the entire collection and more strongly links the structures to the site and the unique landscape of the Driftless region. The landscape architect led the project team through design, documentation, grant and fundraising support, interpretive development, and construction administration.


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Marlboro Music HGA Architects and Engineers General Design, Merit Award Since 1951, the world’s most talented classical musicians have participated in Marlboro Music, a summer festival in Vermont’s Green Mountains. With a shortage of rehearsal, residential, and support space, a rehearsal building and residential hall were planned on a 2.5-acre site within the campus at Marlboro College. The landscape design goal was to establish the festival’s place amidst the lush landscape of foothills and streams and create welcoming outdoor spaces to foster interaction and events. The design thoughtfully considers the scale of the existing campus, a historic farm, and pays respect to the pristine, expansive wilderness that surrounds it.


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Duluth Lakewalk Renewal and Brighton Beach Resiliency Plan LHB, Inc. Planning + Urban Design, Honor Award The Lakewalk is a beloved and heavily-used trail system running along the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth. It faces severe impacts from storm damage and heavy use. The Duluth Lakewalk Renewal and Brighton Beach Resiliency Plan focuses on implementing sustainability goals by “retreating away” from the lake and “re-wilding the landscape” to its natural North Shore Coastal Forest ecology. Design solutions address shoreline protection, accessibility improvements, and create spaces for reflection and gathering. This plan is tremendously important for both the Lakewalk itself and as a model for how we plan resiliency into our landscapes throughout the state.


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Falls Park Conceptual Master Plan

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Confluence Planning + Urban Design, Merit Award


Falls Park Conceptual Master Plan is a graphic guide for redevelopment emphasizing connectivity, recreation, programming, environmental and economic sustainability, and economic development opportunities. The Landscape Architect led a process that created a comprehensive vision for the entirety of Falls Park. The vision addressed current demands, as well as future uses. The successful design fully integrates the diverse features of the existing park into a unified site plan and program that maximizes the potential of this special place and utilizes adjacent property to enhance and expand the address of the park while connecting it to the community.


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Horseshoe Bay Farms Vision + Interpretive Plan Ten x Ten Planning + Urban Design, Merit Award Horseshoe Bay Farms is an exceptionally in-tact historic agricultural campus originally constructed as a showcase of innovation and efficiency. The design team created a forwardthinking road map to a shared vision generated through historic research, extensive community engagement, and field investigation. Open to the public for the first time in its over 100-year history, the Horseshoe Bay Farms Vision Plan will help to shape a cultural institution that serves the entire community as a center of learning and culture, carries the spirit of innovation into the future, and reactivates this heritage site while honoring its legacy.


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White Sand Retreat Ten x Ten Residential Design, Honor Award How can a constructed landscape both celebrate its natural setting while creating a compatible modern human use? A family retreat in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin is a sensitive repurposing of an existing cabin site that moves away from nostalgia and temporality to permanence and play. The combination of immersive respite, material simplicity and minimal intervention lay the foundation for the landscape framework. The design reflects a landscape led, comprehensive vision through an ecological and pedestriancentric lens, which places the uniqueness of the client at the forefront of the landscape.


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Mt. Curve Residence Coen + Partners Residentlal Design, Merit Award This project re-imagines the landscape for a mid-century residence shaped by a series of curved walls and courtyards. The design accentuates the original design and promotes wellness through a spectrum of spaces, fluid circulation, and access to nature. A plinth elevates the site to the interior floor height—enabling seamless circulation to reflect in the serene areas or celebrate togetherness in the gathering places. The simple material palette is complemented by gardens of diverse color and texture, punctuated by art and a vegetable garden. The result is a timeless, evolving landscape that supports the owner’s wellness.


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Six Square House Coen + Partners Residential Design, Merit Award

The landscape design for Six Square House ties three structures together through unified textures and geometries. The 1.4 acre lot in Bridgehampton, NY, includes an 1850 farm house, the recentlycompleted “Six Square House,” and a pool house. Three distinct landscapes stitch the property into an intuitive tapestry—shifting the axis of focus along a consistent ground plane. A hedge-lined drive delivers you to the site’s center. Here, a meadow creates a sense of wilderness. A turfgrass axis is the entertainment core, establishing connection between all three structures. The end result is a landscape and habitat for play, entertainment, and exploration.


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