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Sasaki Receives Two 2022 ASLA Colorado/Wyoming Design Awards

Sasaki is excited to announce that two projects were honored during the 2022 American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado/Wyoming (ASLA CO/WY) Design Awards. Through their annual program the ASLA CO/WY recognizes Colorado and Wyoming Licensed Landscape Architecture professionals in their pursuit to lead, educate, and participate in careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of our cultural and natural environment.

Both projects were recognized in the Analysis & Planning category, with The Ellinikon Metropolitan Park and Coastal Front receiving the only President’s Award of Excellence for the program. This award level recognizes the highest contribution to the advancement of the landscape architectural profession, and is awarded to projects that exemplify the ethics upon which the profession was founded. The University of Colorado Boulder 2021 Master Plan received a Merit Award which recognizes the project’s outstanding professional accomplishments.

Read on for more information about each project.

The Ellinikon Metropolitan Park and Coastal Front

Rarely does a city build a park that sets a new standard for ecological restoration and sparks a paradigm shift for the design, programming, and funding of future public parks across the world. The Ellinikon Metropolitan Park and Coastal Front is doing just that—striving to become the social heart of Athens, and Europe’s largest urban coastal park. The site contains traces of multiple histories—prehistoric settlements, once thriving agriculture, an obsolete international airport, and a dilapidated collection of former Olympic venues. After nearly two decades of work to establish a funding and governance mechanism and multiple rounds of master plans, the center of Europe’s largest urban redevelopment project is the 600 acre (243 hectare) park, which will be gifted back to the citizens of Athens with a private entity responsible for operating and maintaining the park for 99 years. The park’s design centers on ecological restoration, material reuse, and cultural programming that honors the site’s layered histories while introducing novel experiences in a city that does not have a public park at this scale.

University of Colorado Boulder 2021 Master Plan

Boulder, Colorado is a city rich in context. The Flatirons cascade down from the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Plains creating a dramatic setting for this uniquely nature-oriented college town. For over a century, The University of Colorado, Boulder, has sat at the heart of the city and defined its character almost as much as the city’s iconic landscape. So how does a master plan respect this powerful context and rich history? The 2021 Master Plan for CU Boulder sets forth an ambitious framework for the next 30 years of growth that leverages this rich context while honoring the spatial history of the campus. This planning effort pivots away from a car-dominated urban system and towards a pedestrian-first network that recalls historic patterns of buildings and open spaces. The resultant framework proposes an enhanced network of open spaces that weaves together resiliency strategies and restorative landscapes with student life programming to connect CU Boulder to its natural and urban context.

Click here to see all of the 2022 honorees.

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