This [ONGOING] research projects aims to present data of gender equity and leadership within landscape architecture in North America.
This research shows the initial results of a comparative spatial analysis of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) annual professional awards from 1981-2018. Since 1970, “the world’s most prestigious juried landscape architecture competition”, has recognized outstanding projects in landscape architecture, which have served as indicators into the nature and scope of the profession’s focus. With this focus, comes agency—therefore the awards reveal a spatiality of landscape architecture both in its geographic concentrations and its vacancies. The research surveys the 955 project awards granted since 1981, in the general, residential, and analysis and planning design categories. Each project is comparatively mapped against its location, project type, ecological region, population and future climatic and growth projections to uncover a spatial narrative of recognized landscape architecture and its inherent landscape. The historic coverage of the awards reveals a time map the visualizes the growth and project evolution in landscape architecture while the recent project winners provide a critical lens into the current state of the profession. With the global challenges of climate uncertainty, scarcity, and population growth, understanding the spatial implications of where distinguished landscape architecture occurs, provides a guide for future catalyzation of agency in urgent and underrepresented landscapes. Envisioned as a critical atlas, the research aims to portray and question the influence of the ASLA awards on design discourse and its future trajectories.
Mapping project revealing the distribution of vegetal material against various socio-economic indicators.
Rather than continuing to accept the arid as a tertiary landscape to its vegetated, wet counterparts, this interrogation positions the arid as a rich, diverse, resilient, fertile landscape inhabited by over 2.5 billion people—worthy of equal inclusion throughout design discourse.”
“The open, dynamic, connected landscape becomes the method to reinvent our cities and their relationships to the territory.”
“By remapping and extracting new narratives to describe the areas of theworld that are mismanaged and ignored, we can disrupt the status quo, transform the discussion, and give attention to all landscapes.”
Landscape patterns of infrastructure, urbanization, and ecologies in the desaturated [arid} territories of the world.