BLA Landscape Architecture Students Receive 2018 VA ASLA Awards

Three Virginia Tech Landscape Architecture undergraduate students have received Virginia ASLA student awards at the Annual Conference of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at Natural Bridge State Park.

General design – Student – Honor
Temporal Threads: A Post-Industrial Intervention Interweaving the Constituents of Time,
Andrew T. Kavanaugh, Virginia Tech (BLA2018)

“In what manner can we treat nature as a fabric and historical rhetoric as an elemental form. This question alone became the foundation for the conceptual development. Reflecting back on the industrial history of the site being comprised of hard steel, linear planks and rigid structures affords the opportunity to delve deeper into the antithesis of these forms. Taking this question quite literally ultimately alluded to the inverse natural form of ribbon and thread, which at their essence are free flowing, loose and malleable, providing the ability to sew the site together, weaving through the temporal aspects on site, culminating with the concept of ‘Temporal Threads,’ creating a beautiful juxtaposition between form and function.”

(re)lations: Shaping the Future, Honoring the Past,
Kay McKenzie, Virginia Tech (BLA2018)

“Midnite Mine Arts and Nature Preserve challenges the contemporary mine reclamation practices using a design process that honors the cultural values and storytelling practices of the Spokane Tribe. The mine exists upon a mountain once used for hunting, foraging, and cleansing. The Uranium mine changed the tribe’s relationship with this mountain, as the loss of this mountain meant the loss of a cultural landscape. As the health and morale of the community were stripped away, they also lost an important place where they once passed on tribal cultural values and traditions. The planning and design of this site can help to reestablish the tribe’s relationships between the land and its people. This project focuses on the idea of (re). Re indicates a return to a previous state, as we typically think of with reclamation. Re can also mean again or anew, which for this project forces us to look at processes that we have generally accepted as routine and examine them critically again from a different perspective.”

Analysis and Planning – Merit
Kowloon Park Edge: A Study of Public Space in Hong Kong,
Rebecca Good, Virginia Tech (BLA2018)

“My goal in the project Kowloon Park Edge A Study of Public Space in Hong Kong was to develop an understanding of the context of Hong Kong, specific population groups and daily rhythms, and their social and spatial implications for the design of public space. I approached this project with the hope of learning the opportunities of designing a public space in the city of Hong Kong, and I used the Eastern edge of Kowloon Park as a specific site to test design opportunities that were found after the completion of studies, beginning with eight days of observations in public spaces in the city. The locations of observations included city parks, neighborhood parks, markets in public housing blocks, a riverfront park of a ‘New Town,’ streets, squares, waterfront promenades, and piers. I approached the thesis as a series of studies, asking ‘What can inform a design?’ I asked how observations of the appropriation of public space could inform an understanding of place and public life. The eight days of initial observations in Hong Kong acted as the catalyst of the project, and initial observations prompted a year-long process of questions and studies.”