Watch this video to see how the SITES certified Shoemaker Green at the University of Pennsylvania works underneath all that College Green. And find out more about the importance of the project to Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters initiative in GreenSource.
The Phase One Improvements for the Perelman Plaza at Drexel University are almost complete! The installation of the custom bench, light fixtures, and handrail are scheduled to be wrapped up in the next few weeks.
This reworking of what is known as the Cohen Garden is the first phase of a multi-phased implementation of the Perelman Plaza project. The garden includes a porous paving system that sits atop a continuous tree trench. The plaza is located between the Peck Alumni Center and Main and is a popular spot for students and faculty to congregate between classes.
The south facing plaza has great solar exposure that provides direct sunlight during the winter months. A canopy of multi-stemmed Red Maples provide shade during the warmer months of the year.
The new landscape design for the Richardson Olmsted Complex “will honor Olmsted’s original pastoral ideas for the site, as well as his professional roots as a scientific farmer.” More at AIArchitect.
Andropogon’s master plan for Garden in the Woods provides a vision “showing how to balance the historic character of the garden with the conservation of the plants from the ecoregions of New England.” Debbi Edelstein, Executive Director of the New England Wild Flower Society , quoted in the MetroWest Daily News. Examples of recommendations for the Hemlock Cove character area above.
Andropogon’s Dual Design for Sustainability, Recreation in Philly on the Architect’s Newspaper A/N blog
The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh has had an amazing week. The center has earned the first four-star rating as a certified Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) project. It has also been long listed for the Sustainable Building of the Year-World Architecture News Award. And finally, at Greenbuild, it was announced that Phipps also earned a 2013 Forest Stewarship Council award. Congratulations! (Upper photo by P. Wiegman)
In this video, “Why Native Plants?,” Dr. Tallamy explains why native plants are important to our entire ecosystems by supporting our native critters, from moths and butterflies to birds to humans. We use Tallamy’s research with Lepidopterans (moths and butterflies) to assign habitat value to our landscapes for initial site assessment, design and monitoring. Andropogon believes native plants can provide habitat value from the “interstices” of cities to our rural, wild lands and never miss an opportunity to include them in our landscape designs. What’s your favorite native plant and why? Ours may be somewhat obvious!
Thanks to Jesse Turner for sharing with us this great video!
Great new App being developed to help map Philly’s bicycle routes, then use that data to help us design a more bike-friendly Philadelphia! Great work everybody at Code for Philly!! Thank you for this!
(via HomeCycle Philly)
Check out this time lapse video of the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla under construction. (Rendering courtesy of ZGF Architects)
Come join us at Greenbuild this week in Philly!
You can see Andropogon’s work on several upcoming Greenbuild tours as well:
This Friday from 2-6pm tour Shoemaker Green along with other Schuylkill River projects.
On Saturday morning, Andropogon’s work will be part of several tours: TS01 to the Stroud Water Research Center, TS02 to the Morris Arboretum Horticultural Center, and TS03 a second chance to see Shoemaker Green and other Penn sites.
(Top image of Stroud Water Research Center by Halkin Mason Photography, Center image of Shoemaker Green by Barrett Doherty, Bottom image of the Morris Arboretum Horticultural Center by Andropogon Associates)
A friendly article about our Lower Venice Island project.
A good article capturing many of the conversations at the 2013 SER World Conference.
Come join us at ASLA in Boston November 15-18 and learn about our recent work:
Friday, November 15: Darren Damone (top) will be presenting during a session on the “Feasibility of Native Species and Natural Communities on Green Roofs.” He’ll be showcasing the research undertaken for the recently completed green roof at the SUNY ESF Gateway Building.
Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16: Jose Alminana (bottom) takes part in a series of workshops and a panel discussion about the Sustainable Sites Initiative. The Saturday panel discussion will include lessons learned by the client at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory (photo by P. Weigand).
Monday, November 18: Emily McCoy (center) will take part in two sessions focused on planning for and measuring ecological resiliency. With presenters from Andropogon and the New England Wild Flower Society, the session ”Planning for Ecological Change and Resiliency at a Public Garden" explores an approach to landscape transformation that blends conservation, horticulture, and education. At a second session “Catalyzing Ecological Resilience for Cultural Landscapes,” Emily will be presenting Andropogon’s analysis and landscape assessment at St. Elizabeth’s West Campus, site of the recently complete U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.