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Land Collective at the ASLA’s Conference on Landscape

National WWI Memorial/Pershing Park Rehabilitation – Alan Karchmer Photography

This fall the Land Collective team has had the opportunity to participate in various conferences, sharing our empathy driven design approach and emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies that are central to our work. In November, Land Collective will be involved in two presentations at the American Society of Landscape Architects Conference on Landscape in San Francisco, CA, both touching on various facets of the National WWI Memorial/Pershing Park Rehabilitation completed last year:

Despite advances toward gender equality, construction administration and the construction environment remain male dominated. Gabbi Salvemini and Mandi Fung of Land Collective will be joined by Lauren Biales Wise, a project manager at Grunley Construction, for National World War I Memorial: Shaping a Gender-Inclusive Construction Administration Process – a conversation between female-identifying professionals within landscape architecture and the construction industry. They will be sharing their experiences collaborating on a notable case study, and their perspectives on changing gender dynamics within the field. (Saturday, November 12th from 11AM-12:15PM)

Managing Change: A Case Study at the Intersection of Modernism and Memorial, focuses on managing change within culturally sensitive sites and is relevant to all designers who engage with civic spaces intended to support the breadth of our communities. Principal David Rubin will be joined in discussion with Elizabeth Meyer, Vice Chair of the US Commission of Fine Arts; Charles Birnbaum, President & CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation; and Randall Mason, Professor of Historic Preservation/City & Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. Seeking a balance between wholesale preservation and complete erasure, a designer, design advocate, and design reviewer discuss the challenges of managing change of historic sites within a discipline where change is inevitable. Writing, un-writing, and re-writing multiple narratives, this case study finds focus at the intersection of modernism and memorial. (Saturday, November 12th from 3:45-5PM)

We hope you’ll join us in dialogue in San Francisco!

Cummins, Inc. Global Headquarters 

A few weeks ago, associate Brian Staresnick and principal David Rubin presented Cummins: A Design Legacy Connecting Campus and Community at the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Conference located in Columbus, Indiana, focusing on our local projects with Cummins, Inc. including the Distribution Headquarters and the Global Headquarters:

Cummins, the leader in alternative propulsion technologies, is a company steeped in design legacy and community uplift. Xenia and J. Irwin Miller’s vision, that design can positively uplift corporations and communities equally, began a relationship between corporation and designer that continues beyond the corporate campus to the citizenry it informs. Recent landscapes, including Cummins Distribution Headquarters in Indianapolis, and their Global Headquarters in Columbus, speak to a 21st Century interpretation of creativity, productivity, and community engagement. In this presentation, they explored how these work environments blur the lines between private and public landscapes, reflecting Cummins’ company ethos centered on innovation, meritocracy, and design quality, while creating inviting urban amenities that promote vibrant civic life.

In other news, we’re excited to announce that Land Collective, in collaboration with GWWO Architects, was awarded the NPS Denver Services Center IDIQ supporting projects throughout the Eastern United States! This is the latest addition to our growing list of indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity  contracts (IDIQ), including the City of Philadelphia and the National Park Service. Our team is looking forward to continuing our collaborations on works of cultural significance.