October 20, 2014
The City of Philadelphia Wants You to Stop Ignoring Icky Overflowing Sewers – Next City

The City of Philadelphia Wants You to Stop Ignoring Icky Overflowing Sewers – Next City

October 16, 2014


The Ravelijn “Op den Zoom” Bridge (Bergen Op Zoom, The Netherlands)

In former days, the Ravelijn was supplied from the city with small rowing boats. The concept of the bridge is, to let the bridge follow the original track of these boats, so the bridge echoes the former route the boats followed from the city to the fortress. That is why the bridge snakes across the water to the fortress.

In winter the bridge can be pulled to the side, so there can be ice-skated around the fortress.

The deck of the bridge is convex to let the bridge blend in with the water and the surroundings. No mirror image in the water and as close to the water as possible. The stairs at the jetty near the fortress can move up and down (and stay horizontal) with the water level.

The bridge is made completely to the principles of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy. Air-filled polyethylene pipes positioned underneath the timber surface help keep the bridge afloat, without requiring any additional structural framework. The decking is made of Accoya, a high-performance wood product, which is treated to improve its ability to resist fungal decay, and the effect of swelling and shrinkage that could result from its proximity to water.

by RO&AD Architects

(via plotscape)

October 13, 2014
A Rain Garden That Even the Neighbors Seem to Like - NYTimes.com

October 13, 2014

Our work at Dickinson College continues to mature and soak up stormwater runoff.  We’re looking forward to the official opening of the Kline Fitness Center next week.  Here are some before and after shots of the 2 month old landscape.  

Additionally, the Stafford Greenhouse is now just over 1 year old and has come a long way since last summer.

October 7, 2014

Lower Venice Island is open!  A big thank you to all those who attended the ribbon cutting and helped make this project a reality!  We’re proud to have contributed to the health of our city through this project!

October 7, 2014

(Source: conceptlandscape, via conceptlandscape)

October 7, 2014

Join Andropogon at the upcoming 2014 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference on November 3-6 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Andropogon’s Emily McCoy will be moderating Session 46, Wednesday November 5, on Water Quality Standards and TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and also presenting research findings of Shoemaker Green in Session 76: Water Quality: Innovative BMPs. 

October 6, 2014

The Philadelphia Water Department is welcoming the public to the official ribbon cutting ceremony for Lower Venice Island tomorrow, October 7 at 11:00am in Manayunk. Read some recent press on this 10-year epic project at Philly.com.

October 2, 2014

Nearly 600 soil samples from Central Park in New York City reveal that this urban environment hosts an outstanding level of biodiversity. 

October 1, 2014
A/N Blog shares latest images from our ongoing work at the 40th Street Trolley Portal.  It’s moving forward and we couldn’t be more excited to be helping to bring another exciting new space to West Philly!

A/N Blog shares latest images from our ongoing work at the 40th Street Trolley Portal.  It’s moving forward and we couldn’t be more excited to be helping to bring another exciting new space to West Philly!


September 30, 2014

A great turnout for the dedication of the Perelman Plaza Project at Drexel University. The Drexel community has already embraced the space and it is sure to become the new heart of the campus.

The remainder of the project is scheduled to be completed by November of this year.

September 29, 2014

It’s official! The University of Pennsylvania’s Shoemaker Green has just received a 2014 ASLA Honor Award in the General Design Category. The project has transformed an underused corner of the campus into a high-performance, public amenity. It has proved that small urban spaces can contribute significantly to stormwater management, that native ecosystems can provide comparable benefits in the urban environment, and that necessary environmental and social monitoring can be done with minimal cost and effort. Shoemaker Green has become what green infrastructure seldom is: a monitored, high-performance landscape that provides timely feedback on what is working and what isn’t (photographs by Barrett Doherty). Click here for more information on this project .

September 21, 2014

Former site director and curator Robert F. Brzuszek releases a detailed survey of Crosby Arboretum’s origins, planning, construction, and ongoing management in his book, "The Crosby Arboretum: A Sustainable Regional Landscape."

Crosby Arboretum is credited with being one of the first arboreta to wholly incorporate regional plant exhibits. Andropogon developed the master plan for the country’s first ecological arboretum—a living museum where plants are studied, protected, and displayed outdoors in their native habitats. Originally an abandoned strawberry field, the site was initially uniform and undistinguished.

Andropogon designed the arboretum’s new Piney Woods Lake to bring the site to life for the arboretum’s habitat exhibits. The design goal was to synthesize art (drama, beauty, and expression) and science . All master planning for the arboretum—the site plan, interpretive paths, plant displays, architecture, and site management techniques—revealed the natural processes of the Piney Woods and expressed their evocative qualities.

Crosby Arboretum maintains its influence as one of Andropogon’s seminal works and was recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects with an honor award in master planning and design in 1991 and as a “significant work in landscape architecture” with the Centennial Medallion in 2000.

Today, the arboretum is a center for learning for researchers and the public about the natural heritage of the Gulf Coast. Located in Picayune, MS, the arboretum is open from Wed-Sun 9 am - 5 pm and features self-guided and staff-guided tours of the site.


September 21, 2014
American Society of Landscape Architects Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month -- WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

September 19, 2014
Horatio B. Hackett Schoolyard Greening

 In collaboration with the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Water Department, Andropogon developed a conceptual design for Horatio B. Hackett School. The design focused on the potential for stormwater management to be used as an integrating feature across the entire schoolyard. Based on a series of meetings with the Friends of Horatio B. Hackett Elementary, a list of programs were developed. Rain gardens weave in and around areas for active and passive play, a sensory garden, and an outdoor classroom. With the green infrastructure to be completed by 2015, this master plan will be instrumental in leveraging resources for the other amenities which will serve to enhance the educational and social experience of all future students as Hackett B. Horatio School as well as the surrounding community.