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2021 Student ASLA Award for Kingsbury Run Nature Reserve: Collective Re-imagination

Nov 9, 2021

Please congratulate Lok Tim Chan, Student ASLA; Eric Zhenrui Mei, Student ASLA; Echo Xingjian Wang, Student ASLA and Faculty Advisor Mitch Glass, ASLA for their Student ASLA Award.

2021 student asla award

2021 Student ASLA Awards for Laces, Ties and Knots

Nov 9, 2021

Please congratulate Shanni Jin; Xinyue (Hope) Shen, Student ASLA; Lai Ching Tsui, Student ASLA and
Faculty Advisor Mitch Glass, ASLA for their 2021 Student ASLA Award.

Walter Hood

The Department of Landscape Architecture is proud to welcome Walter Hood

Oct 5, 2021

The Department of Landscape Architecture is proud to welcome Walter Hood, who will deliver the 2021 Professor Marvin I. Adleman Memorial Lecture on Thursday October 7 at 5:00 EST. This virtual lecture is open to the public.

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Walter Hood is Founder and Creative Director of Hood Design Studio of Oakland, CA, a cultural practice, working across art, fabrication, design, landscape, research and urbanism. Hood, a 2019 recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant, is the David K. Woo Chair and the Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Walter and his studio create urban spaces that resonate with and enrich the lives of current residents while also honoring communal histories. Hood melds architectural and fine arts expertise with a commitment to designing ecologically sustainable public spaces that empower marginalized communities. Over his career, he has transformed traffic islands, vacant lots, and freeway underpasses into spaces that challenge the legacy of neglect of urban neighborhoods. Through engagement with community members, he teases out the natural and social histories as well as current residents’ shared patterns and practices of use and aspirations for a place.
The annual Adleman Memorial Lecture is endowed by Cornell landscape architecture alumnus Michael R. Van Valkenburgh ’73 and his wife, Caroline, in honor of the late Marvin I. Adleman, professor emeritus of landscape architecture. “Professor Adleman was a giant in the field of landscape architecture, and it is fitting that a luminary like Michael Van Valkenburgh would name a lecture series in his honor,” said Timothy Baird, professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Two Landscape Architecture Alumni are to be named ASLA Fellows

Jun 17, 2021

The Department of Landscape Architecture would like to congratulate Steve Lefton and Elizabeth Kennedy on being named ASLA Fellows.

Climate-Adaptive Design PHASE II

Jun 16, 2021

Approximately $125,000 is available to design a project to reduce shoreline or stormwater risk in one or more of the following communities-the village of Catskill, city of Hudson, city of Kingston, or village and town of Ossining. Each of these communities participated in the Climate-Adaptive Design studio, a program that links Cornell University graduate and undergraduate students in landscape architecture with flood-risk Hudson Riverfront communities to explore nature-based design alternatives for climate resilient and connected waterfront areas.
Eligible projects must reduce risks from shoreline or stormwater flooding and erosion while enhancing habitat value, which may include options for strategic relocation, resilient waterfront structures and infrastructure, natural and nature-based shoreline design, and stormwater green infrastructure. Locations that received Climate-adaptive Design Phase II funding in 2019 are not eligible for this RFP and include Kingston Point in Kingston and the Village of Piermont.
The deadline for proposals is July 23, 2021, at 12 p.m. There will be an informational conference call via WebEx for interested applicants on June 30, 2021, at 10 a.m.


The 2021 WLA Student Awards winners announced

May 18, 2021

Honourable Mention- Concept – Analysis & Planning
Conversion landscape-Hybrid wetland farming – Liang Shi and Xuan Zhang – Cornell University; Observer/Supervisor: Jamie Vanucchi

Merit Award- Research
Biochar-Forestry Carbon Negative Cycle – Fan Feng, Cornell UniversitySupervisor: Jamie Vanucchi

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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Hudson River

Climate-adaptive Design studio

Mar 26, 2020

The banks of the Hudson River shore at Ossining, New York, may seem tranquil now, but the Westchester County town – and other villages along the river – face a watery future: Due to projected climate change effects, the Hudson is rising.  Read more....

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NYC-based landscape architecture course a first

Oct 15, 2019

This past summer, Cornell landscape architecture students examined complicated redevelopment questions regarding post-industrial sites in New York City and designed their own projects.

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Grants create engagement opportunities for students

Aug 20, 2019

The Office of Engagement Initiatives has awarded $1,307,580 in Engaged Curriculum Grants to 25 teams of faculty and community partners that are integrating community engagement into majors and minors across the university.

Winners of the DL&W Corridor International Design Ideas Competition

Aug 14, 2019

“The Verdant Vein” was designed by team ‘Echo’ which is comprised of four master students in the field of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, including Lingyi Xu, Zhuohan Xie, Zhuojia Lou, Zikun Zhang (Entry #0770) won an honorable mention and were advised by Associate Professor Maria Goula and Assistant Professor Jamie Vanucchi.

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Four on faculty receive Carpenter Advising Awards

Jun 20, 2019

Four faculty members have received Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Awards, which recognize contributions of professorial faculty and senior lecturers to undergraduate advising.