Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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92 Landscape Architect and Specifier News ASLA Hires Design Workshop to Green Streets An example of Design Workshop's street landscaping design is seen here on Bagby Street in Houston. For the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration project, the firm will design an enhanced street landscape around ASLA headquarters, which is located between the White House and the Capitol Building. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced a signed contract with the landscape architecture firm Design Workshop to serve as lead consultant to landscape the streets surrounding ASLA's headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown. The 'Chinatown Green Street Demonstration' project http://asla. org/greenstreet/index.html will include the design and installation of a series of landscapes, one supposes rain gardens and bioswales, to help manage stormwater runoff, and beautify the public right-of-way in D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood. ASLA intends the project to be a model and educational tool for developers, designers, city officials and the public. Design Workshop will oversee the project from design and installation to long-term maintenance planning and educational outreach, and collaborate with the ASLA site sustainability group throughout the project. "By implementing a more natural way to manage stormwater, it will help the District of Columbia in its goal of becoming one of the greenest cities in the U.S., while also providing a model for cities around the world," explained ASLA CEO Nancy Somerville. "It will also make our neighborhood more walkable and accessible for residents and visitors." Steven Spears, ASLA, principal and partner with Design Workshop, said the firm is honored to be working with ASLA on this sustainable landscapes. "In one's career, there is truly only a handful of opportunities to make a transformative impact toward holistic sustainability," Spears said. The Chinatown Green Street Demonstration project is an opportunity to showcase that street rights-of-way aren't just about getting from point A to B, but can be enjoyed, while offering an environmental impact. ASLA just received a $47,600 grant from the Green Streets program to help cover costs associated with designs for the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration project. Design Workshop, founded by Joe Porter and Don Ensign while professors at North Carolina State, is it its four decade of providing landscape architecture, and urban design services. The firm has a project methodology called DW Legacy Design, which seeks a balance between environmental sensitivity, community connection, artistic beauty and economic viability, while demonstrating measureable results.

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