The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2013 Professional and Student Awards. The awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks, and urban planning projects in the world. Among this year’s recipients is Christopher Counts Studio, whose founder and design director Christopher Counts is a Stuckeman Career Development Professor in Design at Penn State. The firm was recognized with an honor award in the Analysis and Planning category.
Counts’ award-winning project, Elevated Ground: A 300 Year Vision for a 220-Year-Old Square, for the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department in Raleigh, North Carolina, proposes a renovation of one of the five squares from the original plan of the city in 1792. Counts’ project for Moore Square, in downtown Raleigh, would provide 36% more paths, 250% more occupiable shaded areas, 39% more canopy trees, 1000% more formal seating opportunities, and 345% more native habitat, while maintaining open views through 95% of the site. The proposal also reuses storm water and takes into account long-term tree management, in an effort to create a sustainable design and to promote green infrastructure.
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