Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Kate Orff Is First Landscape Architect to Receive MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Kate Orff is the founding principal of SCAPE ( www.scapestudio.com ) in New York City. Among the 24 talented recipients of this year's MacArthur Fellows program ( www.macfound.org/programs/fellows ) is Kate Orff, the first landscape architect to be so honored. Orff studied at the University of Virginia and Harvard (MLA), and is an associate professor and director of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She is the author of Petrochemical America (2012), a two-part book that she partnered with photographer Richard Misrach to document the economic, environmental and public health issues along the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans due to intensive chemical production. She is also the author of Toward an Urban Ecology (2016), and co-editor of Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (2011). SCAPE's work is ecologically driven, ranging from large-scale coastal infrastructure initiatives to the design of city parks. SCAPE is the lead designer on a $60 million barrier reef and shoreline restoration project in Staten Island called "Living Breakwaters," a response to the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The project stems from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's "Rebuild by Design" competition. Orff and a team of collaborators are employing breakwaters designed to support the growth of oyster beds and other marine habitats in lieu of hardscape infrastructure such as floodwalls. Construction of Living Breakwaters is scheduled to begin in late 2018. Another example of SCAPE's design work is Town Branch Commons in Lexington, Kentucky. The project will open up Town Branch creek (below) to create a 2.5-mile network of trails, parks, pools, stream channels and storm water management. The MacArthur Foundation grants its fellows a stipend of $625,000. November 2017 69 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 5 3

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