The Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) biennially sponsors a professional awards program. The purpose of the program is to recognize excellence, exemplary performance, and significant contributions by the landscape architecture profession within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The South Carlyle Master Plan recently won the ASLA Traveling Award for Analysis and Planning. South Carlyle is located just beyond where Eisenhower Avenue and Holland Lane intersect in the Eisenhower East area of Alexandria (see the photo above…). If you haven’t seen the presentation of the magnificent design for this area, click this link (PDF file).
The project has been designed by architects FX Fowle and landscape architect OCULUS. Also, Alexandria Renew Enterprises has a hand in the project as well. You can see the submission for the award at this link (PDF file).
The South Carlyle Plaza development was recently awarded the Traveling Award for Analysis and Planning by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Potomac Chapter. The award recognizes the project’s ambitious program of interwoven public parkland, mixed-use development and municipal services. The project harnesses landscape strategies to cap a contaminated site and transform an elevated parking deck into a vibrant public space that folds down to engage the civic realm through an arrangement of ramps, stairs, stormwater filtration components, and overlooks.
This uncommon combination of program components was triggered by the simultaneous development of plans for a new mixed-use community on the northern half of the site and the expansion of the existing Alexandria ReNew municipal wastewater treatment plant onto the southern half of the site. The resulting plan creates an expansive park located over wastewater treatment tanks and an above-grade parking garage creating public space that establishes vital connections in a local network of parkland and trails.