The Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has recognized three of OLIN’s projects in its 2018 design awards program: Grace Farms in New Cannan, Connecticut, Dilworth Park in Philadelphia, and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden at the Akron Art Museum.
The landscape design for Grace Farms, a pastoral retreat in New Canaan, Connecticut, has earned an Honor Award from ASLA PA-DE. Nestled within 80 acres of rolling topography, woodlands, meadows, and wetlands, Grace Farms effortlessly blends architecture with nature, crafting a space deeply valued by its community. The design underscores the value of ecological stewardship and land preservation and strengthens the connection between people and nature that enhances habitat vitality and the human experience.
Dilworth Park in the heart of Philadelphia also earned an honor award from the chapter. For decades, Dilworth Park was a maze of raised and sunken terraces, hidden stairways, and dark corners. By restoring the plaza to street level, the design team has provided universal access to a revitalized park with transit gateways, a dynamic scrim fountain, a café, new vegetation, and a lawn, all above a continuously active subway nexus, creating a contemporary public space worthy of its prominent location at the foot of Philadelphia’s City Hall. The project team recently celebrated the opening of the first phase of Pulse, a dynamic art piece of colored light and fog by Janet Echelman, which traces the movement of transit lines that converge beneath the park.
The Akron Art Museum’s Bud and Susie Rogers Garden has received a merit award. The garden was created as a gift to the people of Akron, replacing what was once a cracked asphalt surface parking lot with a flexible, accessible, and beautiful garden, a green jewel which elegantly merges the rich ecological vocabulary of Northeastern Ohio with the city’s proudly industrious heritage. It is a place of connection and civic pride, providing an experience unique to the region, where people mingle, relax, create, and celebrate.
To learn more about the chapter and the other 2018 award winners, visit the PA-DE Chapter website here.