BSLA/ACE Legacy Project draws raves at the 2013 ASLA Convention!

The BSLA in association with the Patrick J. Kennedy School and the ACE Mentorship Program screened a video about the project to over 500 Landscape Architects at the Opening General Session for the 2013 ASLA Convention in Boston this year. Thanks to all who participated, especially Xin Wu from CRJA-IBI Group who produced the final video!


BSLA and ACE Charrette a Great Success!

IMG_3814Over thirty people attended a charrette to re-envision a new schoolyard for the Patrick J. Kennedy School in East Boston on Saturday, September 21st from 9AM to 1PM. The attendees included ACE Students, PJ Kennedy School students and teachers, parents and BSLA volunteers. The day featured an explanation of the site analysis by Chris Moyles of Reed Hilderbrand followed by a site walk. Three teams brainstormed ideas for the schoolyard which then presented their plans to the group. Mike Tecci from ACE thanked the participants and expressed excitement about the ACE students developing the plans in the coming months.

BSLA produces Preliminary Design for the PJ Kennedy School!

Members of the Design Subcommittee from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects ACE Legacy Project Committee presented a Preliminary Design Phase Plan to the PJ Kennedy School in May 2013. The purpose of this plan is  to generate schoolyard design ideas and inform our School partners on potential materials which can be donated by vendors attending the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting which will be held in Boston in November.
The plan features new play equipment, safety surfacing, fencing, synthetic turf playing field, garden beds and shade structure.  The Preliminary Plan also features a mound which doubles as a learning and play environment that anchors the corner of the site. The Subcommittee produced a booklet with a variety of material choices which will be presented to the PJ Kennedy Schoolyard Design Committee. The Design Subcommittee led by Chris Moyles includes Geoff Fritz, Rebecca Kanfer and Jessica Brown.
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BSLA meets with PJ Kennedy School to Present Prelimary Designs

Members of the BSLA ACE Design Subcommittee met with representatives from the PJ Kennedy School and the Boston Architectural College on May 9, 2013 to present several preliminary sketch alternatives for new improvements to the Schoolyard. Geoff Fritz, Rebecca Kanfer, Jessica Brown and Subcommittee Chair, Chris Moyles presented the alternatives which were well received. The Subcommittee will follow-up this meeting with a list of potential materials that can be donated to the project from program sponsors. The project will be designed by ACE Mentor program students during a charrette in the Fall prior to the Annual Meeting!


2012 ASLA / ACE Mentor Legacy Project

The 2012 Legacy Project upgraded a horticulture program greenhouse and built a courtyard garden in Phoenix.

The 2012 Video document can be viewed here.

Photo Album can be viewed here.


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Continuing the Tradition in 2013


In 2008, ASLA introduced the tradition of gifting a Legacy Project to the city hosting the annual meeting and EXPO. Local chapter ASLA members team with local affiliates of the ACE Mentor Program to design a project using products donated by our generous EXPO exhibitors. Many EXPO exhibitors have participated, allowing the ASLA to make a lasting contribution to the host city.

With the Annual Meeting in Boston this coming November, the ASLA and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) is partnering with the ACE Mentor Program to provide a new schoolyard to the Patrick J Kennedy K-8 School in East Boston. The BSLA will work with ACE Mentor students to upgrade the school’s facilities with new play equipment, site furnishings and planters.

With initial discussions and planning with the PJK in its early stages, this blog will post periodic updates of our process.

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