Kalamazoo, MI – October 5, 2016 - North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting announces the eighth event in a program it calls Xtreme Landscape Architecture (Xtreme LA.) Developed more than a decade ago by company president, Richard Heriford, Xtreme LA brings together young design professionals and design students to address a challenge of significant importance to a targeted community and presents its creative solutions to the community. The October 4–6, 2016 event will be held on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. A major university encompassing nine colleges, a graduate school, a school of medicine and a veterinary college, Virginia Tech enjoys an international reputation for research and academic excellence. Xtreme LA 2016 is funded by Landscape Forms and co-hosted by Kirt Martin, Landscape Forms VP of Design and Marketing; Terry Clements, Professor and Chair of the Landscape Architecture Program in Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design; and Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
“We believe in the profession of landscape architecture and the value that it brings to human experience of the outdoors,” explains Martin. “This is particularly important at a time in history when more people than ever are moving to urban areas and access to nature and green spaces are critical. We support the profession through programs like Xtreme LA because we are more than makers of objects. We are committed to actively lead and influence initiatives that further the design and implementation of quality outdoor environments.”
The fast-paced 36-hour charrette will include 16 young design professionals identified by their firms as potential leaders and a like number of graduate and undergraduate students from Virginia Tech’s Landscape Architecture Program. The group will be guided and mentored by two distinguished landscape architects: Lisa E. Delplace, Principal/CEO, Oehme, van Sweden and Paul Kissinger, Principal, ESDA. Participants will be challenged to envision a future-oriented, planning-based approach to student housing and mixed-use development in Blacksburg that will model how a livable, walkable, and sustainable community might look and work. Proposals, concepts and plans will be presented to community members, municipal government leaders and developers, and an illustrated report will be published on the Landscape Forms website.
About Landscape Forms
Landscape Forms is the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting. Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. The Landscape Forms U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan with sales representatives throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Asia. Landscape Forms collaborates with renowned industrial designers and consultancies, landscape architects, and architects to design and develop integrated collections of products that address emerging needs and help create a sense of place. Additionally, the company has formed global marketing partnerships with select companies that share its commitment to design. Landscape Forms has an installed base of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses, sites such as Orange County Great Park; and familiar brand leaders such as Boeing, Cisco Systems, Disney, Sprint, American Airlines, Herman Miller and Nike. The company was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 15 Small Workplaces in the US.