No. 205 . 18 August 2004 
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American Landscape Awards 2004

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In July, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the recipients of its 2004 Professional Awards. Reflecting the breadth and environmental sensitivity of the profession itself, these exemplary projects range in scope from residential gardens to regional master plans.

ASLA jury chair Frederick R. Steiner, who is Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, commented on the honorees: "The best projects displayed great understanding of natural processes, considerable sensitivity to people, and a high level of design acumen. I believe the award recipients exemplify the many contributions that landscape architects are making to improve our built environments."

One of the awards of honor for design went to Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects for the Tidewater Residence in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The seven-acre (3-hectare) site for this house and garden is set on Lynnhaven Bay, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, one of most biologically productive estuaries in the United States.

The site is in a suburban development where houses dominate the waterfront and where bulkheads have typically replaced the natural shoreline stabilization provided by tidal marshes. In contrast to that destructive practice, these landscape architects opted for the sustainable design of a garden that respects the sensitive local ecology.   >>>

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