OvS Wins 2018 ASLA Award
OvS was named a winner of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Awards for General Design. The ASLA award was presented for the firm’s work on Tippest Rise Art Center. One of 25 selected from 374 entries, the award recognizes site specific works of landscape architecture.
Entries are juried by peers on “quality of design and execution; design context; environmental sensitivity and sustainability; and the design value to the client and to other designers.” This paramount achievement attracts the best work from ASLA members around the world and is considered to be one of the highest honors in the industry.
Tippet Rise, one of the most ambitious international sculpture parks and music venues ever conceived is a collection of large-scale sculpture and intimate music performance venues spread throughout more than 10 thousand acres. The sculpture collection includes work by, Alexander Calder, Patrick Dougherty, Mark di Suvero, Ensamble Studio, and Stephen Talasnik.
OvS’ primary objectives were to make the colossal site visually legible, accessible, and sustainable without diminishing its untamed beauty. The firm interwove a complex series of design solutions to determine the location of major programmatic elements, devise a system of pedestrian and vehicular movement, collaboratively design a largely off-the-grid utility infrastructure, and develop a site-renewal process that re-establishes the native prairie and grassland. The interventions seamlessly integrate into the naturally-occurring landforms, yet are designed to capitalize on its topography, vistas, and ecology.
OvS CEO and Principal, Lisa E. Delplace, ASLA, who led the firm’s design efforts at Tippet Rise, will receive the award at ASLA’s Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia on October 22, 2018.
Tippet Rise is made possible by Peter and Cathy Halstead, whose extraordinary vision and philanthropy fostered a coexistence of sculpture, music, and sustainable land stewardship.
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