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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.

Landscape Architecuture 2019 Alumni Reunion

May 29, 2019

2019 Reunion gathering on Friday, June 7th from 1:00-3:00pm.  Please join us in the department for light refreshments and mingle with faculty and staff.


Associate Professor Josh Cerra Speaking at Design Week in Portland, Oregon

Apr 8, 2019

Professor Cerra will be a presenter during Design Week Portland on Monday evening, April 7 from 6-9pm during the panel Creative Design Solutions for Community, Infrastructure and Environment: An Evening with Michael Singer and Friends.  He will speak about the Climate-adaptive Design studio and efforts to catalyze awareness and action on climate change in municipalities in the Hudson River Estuary north of NYC. By working with municipal and community stakeholders on their vision for a future waterfront in their city through an engaged design process, the Climate-adaptive Design studio is helping communities move forward on planning for climate change now for the benefit of their citizens and the greater ecology. More information about the panel discussion and participants can be found at Design Portland


New RFP Released Inspired by the Climate-adaptive Design Studio

Apr 2, 2019

Associate Professor Joshua Cerra’s Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) studio has worked since 2015 to link flood-prone Hudson River municipalities with Cornell University landscape architecture students to envision more climate-resilient and connected waterfront areas.  Now a new Request for Proposals seeks proposals from design firms to work with one of these cities to move climate-adaptive design ideas into design development.  Link to the RFP here. 


Eight grants focus on innovation in China

Mar 27, 2019

The Cornell China Center has announced eight China Innovation Awards to interdisciplinary teams of Cornell faculty, aimed at jump-starting collaborative research and developing research teams.

Chethan Sarabu, BSLA '09 lecture on Landscape-Health

Mar 1, 2019

Chethan Sarabu, BSLA '09 lecture about the connections between healthcare and landscape


Determined beauty

Feb 22, 2019

Daily life can sometimes feel mundane. For these alumni, beauty inspires what they do and how they live.