2016 KYASLA Awards
Thank you to the North Carolina Chapter for reviewing our award entries and thanks to all for the great work submitted.
CARMAN, established in 1980 by John L. Carman, RLA, FASLA, is a landscape architecture, site planning and civil engineering firm with offices in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. CARMAN has been providing planning, design and engineering services for both the public and private sectors across Kentucky. The firm’s comprehensive approach and desire to create sensitive designs where people can work, plan and live has made CARMAN a local leader in the design fields. As a validation of the breadth of their experience with the built and natural environment, CARMAN and their staff have been honored with numerous KYASLA design awards throughout their history.
For over 30 years CARMAN has worked to make landscape architecture a profession that Kentucky values, including commitment to organizations such as ASLA, CLARB, ULI on a state and national level. Over the years staff continue to advocate the further the profession by playing a vital role in KYASLA’s executive board. All CARMAN staff are members of ASLA, including the administrative and civil engineering staff. As a means of advancing professionalism, continuing education, advocacy for ASLA, and professional networking, CARMAN periodically sponsors attendance to ASLA Annual Meetings such as Chicago and New Orleans in the recent past.
2016 KYASLA Design Awards
BUILT WORK CATEGORY
Patrick Henry, RLA
Gresham, Smith & Partners
Produce Park is the result of a pilot project initiative to address vacant and abandoned property reuse strategies across Louisville, Kentucky. Produce Park is a 0.17 acre pocket park constructed in Spring 2016 on three formerly vacant lots in one of Louisville, KY’s most economically depressed communities, the Russell Neighborhood.
Produce Park is the result of an innovative public engagement process called RSquared (Reuse and Revitalize). RSquared is a comprehensive umbrella initiative aimed at using four key elements, Education, Engagement, Empowerment and Implementation to sustainably reduce blight and vacancy among Louisville neighborhoods. This process includes interactive workshops, strategic walking tours, and temporary chalkboards installed on vacant properties asking the community to finish this sentence, “This vacant lot could be….” This engagement captured hundreds of ideas over the course of a few weeks and truly informed the end result, Produce Park.
This process began as a neighborhood planning exercise and it was imperative that tangible action be seen within the community. Over the course of only on year, RSquared turned a community vision into a built reality.
This process is now being held up as a precedent for public engagement and how planning level work can result in tactical implementation projects and shows that with thoughtful partnerships and collaboration, implementation doesn’t have to take years.
Iroquois Park North Overlook
Jones Landscape Architecture
The North Overlook is located in Iroquois Park which is one of three flagship Frederick Law Olmsted designed parks in Louisville, Kentucky. Designed in the late 1890’s, Iroquois Park is noted for its rugged terrain, hilltop scenic overlooks, stone outcroppings and mature old-growth forest. Designed with circuit drives, bridle trails and pedestrian paths, this peaceful forest refuge is much intact today.
The North Overlook, seen on historic 1920’s images as a large gravel turnaround at the end of Downhill Road, had always permitted access for cars, however, problems with congestion and parking at the overlook spurred damaging results on the surrounding hillside and vegetation over subsequent years. The Olmsted Parks and Parkways Master Plan of the late 19900’s recommended the complete elimination of cars from the overlook area.
In 2012, the process began to re-design the North Overlook with the removal of all hardscape paving at the overlook itself and closing off of Downhill Road to cars. The design team developed a plan that addressed certain goals with solutions that are sensitive to the surrounding historic landscape, yet ADA accessible for all abilities.
Construction was completed in October 2016 through major community and non-profit support and funding. The removal of cars at the overlook required a change in park user behavior which comes with its challenges. However, as those park users continue to visit the newly re-designed overlook, many are in agreement realizing the venefits of a place without cars!
PLANNING & ANALYSIS CATEGORY
West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative
The West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative envisions that all children and their families have hope for a better future through connection to nature and the outdoors. This initiative seeks to benefit residents of West Louisville and Portland by creating expanded opportunities for children and families to experience nature within their own neighborhoods. The initiative supports Mayor Fischer’s community goals and complements existing park master plans by making recommendations for new park infrastructure that reflects current thinking about positive impacts resulting from greater connection to nature and nature-related outdoor activities.
The ideas within this master plan establish a comprehensive series of physical recommendations in support of ecology, history, programs/events, activities, and behaviors. The well-planned design and management of these urban parks can further the goal of providing a neighborhood parks system in which spending an hour or a day at the park is an experience of opportunities for both individuals and groups engaging in expression, self-discovery, and recreation. Today’s renewed consciousness about the impact of urban parks on our health and wellness has promoted more nature based play opportunities , convenient access to nature, and inclusive design for all that benefit urban populations.
36 Miles: Revealing the Ohio
Gresham, Smith and Partners
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
Louisville has forgotten about the Ohio River. As one example, this major environmental resource was awarded the most polluted river for the 7th year in a row in 2015 without public outcry. A critical cultural and economic icon, the river currently exists in a small, fragmented state in many Louisvillian’s minds. This fragmentation has led to A significant disconnect from the river and any true cultural interaction or acknowledgment of its historic ecological functions. What was once a main buffalo crossing point, a site for afternoon paddle boat rides and Sunday baptisms, the Ohio River has tragically become little more than an industrialized super highway.
Today, public perception of the river is either narrowly focused or even misinforme-seen only as a nuisance that brings regular flooding and destruction or the staging area for a fireworks show happens there once a year. As such, there has been limited public interest in the overall health of the river as well as the sociological and cultural issues related to the river’s impacts on our community which vary dramatically along the 36 mile river edge.