2020 Design Awards

Award of Excellence

WxLA – Reed Gilliland, Inc.

RESEARCH & COMMUNICATION CATEGORY

Project Statement
WxLA emerged from a panel at the ASLA national convention in the fall of 2018 as a gender justice advocacy initiative in landscape architecture. Raising awareness of the challenges that prevent women from reaching their potential and providing inspired ideas and new models, WxLA’s initiatives include the (First-ever) Women’s Landscape Equality (re)Solution, WxLA Instagram Campaign, The WxLA Scholarship, and two social media takeovers.

In addition, though nascent in its life as an advocacy organization, WxLA has been featured in numerous national and international publications including Landscape Architecture Magazine, World Landscape Architecture Magazine and The Dirt. A mobilized and empowered movement, WxLA is providing a voice for women in the profession, a mechanism for enacting change and an inspiration to legacy and next-generation practitioners alike.

Honor Award

Heartwood Greenways And Stormwater Masterplan – Meyer Studio Land Architects (MSLA)

ANALYSIS & PLANNING CATEGORY

Project Statement
In 2019, a series of unprecedented floods ravaged Eastern Nebraska and the greater Omaha metropolitan area. Estimated damages ranged upwards of 1.3 billion dollars: farms were shuttered, families lost homes. Disastrous flooding is becoming the new normal of a changing climate, a problem exacerbated in this region by sprawling urbanization that increases impervious runoff and associated flood-level peak flows. The Heartwood Greenways and Stormwater Masterplan, which anchors a 500-acre development in Omaha, Nebraska, is designed to help protect adjacent communities and farms by mitigating future extreme weather events.

The greenway system is defined by a series of meticulously crafted water detention basins, both functional and beautiful. The project celebrates the process of capturing rainfall and conceives this network of detention basins as a sculpture park. The project explores an expanded role for the design of climate infrastructure, wherein these systems are designed to make legible our changing planet while serving to mitigate the disastrous impacts of these changes.