Sep 11th 2017

Maria Counts' students receive ASLA Honor

The students of IIT Architecture faculty Maria Counts of the MLA+ U program, and design partner Christopher Counts of Counts Studio, received an ASLA Honor Award in communications for their course project titled, "Urban Landscape Metrics: Re-Imagining the Class Field Trip in New York City’s Great Parks".

The course project involved advanced undergraduate, graduate and PhD students in landscape architecture and architecture students working together to investigate 16 urban park sites in New York City through drawing, historical research, site reconnaissance, and comparative analysis. The project was as part of a design class seminar organized into three parts; Research and Contextualize, Draw and Analyze, and Curate and Disseminate. The purpose was to re-imagine ways of studying urban landscapes as an extended field trip including virtual and physical site explorations of over 500 urban acres. A particular focus was paid to the interrelationships between scale, materiality, and proportion and how such issues shape landscape performance, experience and programmatic range. The products of this research and findings were compiled into a 109 page self-published book to serve as a design resource to future students at the University level and beyond.

Click here for a link to this month's magazine issue featuring all student and professional awards.

All projects will be featured in the upcoming American Society of Landscape Architecture annual meeting and expo in Los Angeles this October as well as an online exhibit of select images of the project.