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Sasha Anemone and Nell Crumbley LA6010 studio final review

Nell and Crubley

ULI Hines Student Competition –Spring 2019 (Hon. Mention)Students: AkshaiWilkinson, Sage Taber, Tim Dehm, JihannyHassun Professional Advisor: Mitch Glass


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LA1420 studio drawing

Parking Day 2019

Parking day 2019

Student work by JiaMin Chen MLA '19 from Coney Island Graduate Studio with Peter Trowbridge and Mitch Glass


Student work by Parth Divekar MLA '18 from 3rd Year MLA Studio with Margot Lystra



Cornell University offers accredited, license-qualifying landscape architecture degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate landscape architecture degree is the only one of its kind in the Ivy League. Both academic programs provide a sound grounding in theory and technology which is deployed through the design studio and supplemental courses that inform the design process.

Due to its unique position within the university, the Department of Landscape Architecture promotes interaction and collaboration with other academic fields, including horticulture, architecture, city and regional planning, fine arts, and the natural and social sciences.


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Jennifer Birkeland

Jennifer Birkeland is a licensed landscape architect in the state of New York, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a LEED accredited professional. She is the co-founder of the design practice, op-AL, a multidisciplinary studio in Brooklyn, New York and studies the relationships between optics, landscape and architecture in their work. The office approaches design problems by exploring the oppositions established by the vantage points of our two disciplines of focus, resulting in design solutions that strive to disintegrate the subject-object relationship conventionally established between Landscape + Building. Jennifer has worked with internationally renowned offices such as West 8OLIN, and Ken Smith Workshop, working on a wide range of projects including several national design competitions for the National Parks Service, including the winning design entry for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater in Washington DC. 

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Climate-Adaptive Design Opportunity For Hudson River Waterfront Communities

Mar 25, 2021

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced an opportunity for a Hudson riverfront municipality to host the Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture's Climate-adaptive Design Studio during Fall 2021. The Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) studio links Cornell University students in landscape architecture with communities to explore design alternatives for more climate resilient and connected waterfront areas.
"DEC is proud to partner with design experts from Cornell University and local experts on the ground to better prepare New York's waterfront communities for the challenges of our changing climate," said Commissioner Seggos. "These design efforts are better preparing New Yorkers for the threats posed by extreme weather events and sea-level rise on the tidal Hudson."
The CaD studio is a collaboration between DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program and the Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture. Student design teams meet with local stakeholders to develop an understanding of the unique waterfront opportunities and challenges, focusing on public access, economic development, and climate resilience. Over four months, the teams create waterfront designs that encourage water-dependent use of shoreline property, provide public access to waterfronts, improve resilience to current and future flood risk, and use nature-based solutions for stormwater management and shoreline stability. Community stakeholders have opportunities to provide feedback to the student teams as the designs are developed, and the host community is provided with the designs at the end of the semester.
In 2019, DEC awarded $250,000 grants to the village of Piermont and the city of Kingston, two previous CaD studio host communities, to advance the design and implementation of CaD-inspired projects on their riverfronts.
Riverfront municipalities in the tidal portion of the Hudson are eligible to submit a letter of interest to host the fall 2021 CaD studio. The host community must be interested in applying the design principles to an existing or proposed project and be able to engage key stakeholders that commit to attending a minimum of three meetings with the student design teams. In-person meetings may take place, if pandemic-related conditions allow. The host community must also demonstrate willingness and ability to promote and advance CaD Studio concepts and principals after the end of the semester.
An informational webinar about the CaD Studio opportunity will be held on April 12 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. To register, visit Cornell's Zoom registration page. Interested municipalities can learn more about the CaD Studio by visiting Cornell's website.
A letter of interest must be submitted to Libby Zemaitis via email at by May 10, 2021. Visit Cornell's website for instructions on submitting a letter of interest.
Funding for the CaD Studio is provided by the State Environmental Protection Fund and is administered by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the New York State Water Resources Institute. The Hudson River Estuary Program helps people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and its valley. Created in 1987, the program focuses on the tidal Hudson and its adjacent watershed from the dam at Troy to the Verrazano Narrows in New York City.

2019-2020 DesignIntelligence Rankings

Feb 8, 2021

The 2019-2020 DesignIntelligence rankings have been announced for the top 25 programs according to hiring professionals.
Cornell University's Landscape Architecture ranks 3rd for undergraduate and 2nd for the graduate programs.

Resilient Hudson Shoreline Designs Webinar

Nov 20, 2020

Resilient Hudson River Shoreline Designs Webinar Nov. 20 

Restoring Free-Flowing Waters in Hudson Tributary Streams
Fresh water river and stream habitats are linked to the estuary through a network of tributary connections. Each year, migratory fish must navigate these pathways to move between feeding, nursery, and spawning grounds. Many culverts and dams are blocking fish movement, dramatically shrinking the habitat available. There are more than 1,600 dams and 10,000 culverts in the estuary watershed.
DEC grant funding helps communities assess and replace these barriers. More than $855,000 recently was awarded to four projects to help reduce local flooding and restore aquatic habitats in tributary streams of the Hudson River Estuary. These funds will support projects to restore free-flowing waters to benefit water quality and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the American eel and river herring. The grants were provided through DEC’s Environmental Protection Fund. Read more about the projects in DEC’s press release.
Riverkeeper, in partnership with DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program, recently removed two dams on tributaries to the Hudson: the Strooks Felt Dam on the Quassaick Creek in Newburgh, and a dam on Furnace Brook in Oscawana Park in Cortlandt. The dams were the first barriers for fish movement upstream from the Hudson River. Removing the dams will improve water quality and habitat for resident and migratory fish, including river herring and American eel. Funding for the dam removals was provided by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), administered by Hudson River Estuary Program from a grant for tributary restoration and resilience.

Resilient Hudson River Shoreline Designs Webinar November 20
This webinar will present the preliminary designs for sustainable shoreline projects in Kingston and Piermont, New York. Both communities participated in the Climate-Adaptive Design Studio, a program that links Cornell University graduate and undergraduate students in landscape architecture with flood-prone communities on the Hudson to create design concepts that incorporate projections for sea-level rise and extreme weather. In collaboration with each municipality, design and engineering firms selected and developed a design concept for two vulnerable shorefront locations. In Piermont, HDR Engineering prepared a preliminary design for a living shoreline project that emphasizes protection and stabilization of existing shorelines and development of shallow water habitat while providing recreational access to the Hudson. In Kingston, SuperMass Studio created a design to stabilize the shoreline, create habitat, and reinforce the beach at Kingston Point.
Representatives of the municipalities and the design firms will discuss the process of stakeholder engagement and present the site assessments, design objectives, conceptual plans, and permitting considerations. The webinar will take place Friday, November 20 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit the webpage for the Sustainable Shorelines Designs Webinar Series.



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