Researchers & Designers Team Up on Landscape Case Studies




The Landscape Architecture Foundation has announced the list of 18 high-performing landscape projects that have been selected for its 2015 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading design practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary landscape projects.


Participants from each firm will work with the 2015 research fellows to evaluate the environmental, social, and economic performance of the selected projects. The resulting Case Study Briefs are published to LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series database of over 100 projects.


The 2015 projects will add unrepresented geographies — namely South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Saudi Arabia to the Landscape Performance Series. While many are civic projects of national or regional significance, the list also includes university campus enhancements, a catalytic right-of-way reconstruction, the rehabilitation of a 120-km river corridor, and a redevelopment project within the former Glenview Naval Air Station by Conservation Design Forum.


The plan for the Air Station Prairie developed by CDF was instrumental in the restoration of a 32-acre remnant of Illinois tallgrass prairie located within the former military complex-turned-mixed-use-development located just outside Chicago. The restored prairie and corresponding interpretive center serve as models for sustainable design. The building's green roof, energy conservation technologies and use of recycled products are just a few of its "green" features. To learn more about Air Station Prairie and the Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center visit our website: /Project?project_id=29


Other projects on the 2015 CSI list include:

Northern Kentucky University Loch Norse Commons, Highland Heights, KY

Sioux Falls Downtown River Greenway, Sioux Falls, SD

Bagby Street Reconstruction, Houston, TX

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Alumni Plaza, Lexington, KY

MainStreet Square, Rapid City, SD

Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, Durham, NC
George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, TX

Riyadh Bioremediation Facility, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Wadi Hanifah Civic Parks, Nejd Region, Saudi Arabia
Wadi Hanifah Comprehensive Development Master Plan, Nejd Region, Saudi Arabia

Lower Howard’s Creek Corridor Management Plan, Clark County, KY

Mary Bartelme Park, Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC

The Belo Center for New Media, Austin, TX

Mount Rushmore Memorial Visitor Services Redevelopment, Keystone, SD


The 2015 CSI program kicks off in March and runs through early August. The resulting case study briefs from these participating firms and projects will be published by LAF in the fall.


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