Xtreme LA challenges students and young professionals to design solutions and create actionable plans for water management in the city of St. Louis
Kalamazoo, MI – October 31, 2017 - On November 6 -8 2017, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting will host its ninth Xtreme LA (Extreme Landscape Architecture) event at Washington University in St. Louis. The challenges for these fast-paced charrettes address issues in landscape and the built environment that are critical to the local community. Past venues include UC Berkeley, Kansas State University and Virginia Tech. The brainchild of Landscape Forms president, Richard Heriford, Xtreme LA is designed to promote creative collaboration, support the Landscape Architecture profession, and nurture design leaders of the future. This year’s Xtreme LA is funded by Landscape Forms and co-hosted by Kirt Martin, Landscape Forms Vice President of Design and Marketing; Rod Barnett, Professor and Chair of the Landscape Architecture program in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University; and Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
Martin explains, “We believe in the profession of landscape architecture and the value that it brings to our experience of the outdoors. We are committed to supporting thought leaders in the design professions who are doing serious work to address pressing issues in the environment and the livable city. Landscape Forms supports programs like Xtreme LA because we are more than makers of objects. We seek to lead by fostering innovative thinking and engaging new voices to further the design and implementation of quality outdoor environments.”
The fast-paced 36-hour charrette will include fifteen young design professionals identified by their firms as potential leaders and a like number of students from Washington University’s landscape architecture master’s program. The group will be guided by two distinguished landscape architects: Chip Crawford, Senior Principal of Forum Studio; and Keith Bowers, Founder and President of Biohabitats. Participants will be challenged to address water management in St. Louis, a city subject to river rise and inundation in low-lying public and residential areas. Recognizing the challenge as one of environmental justice and ecological urbanism, they will be asked to develop visionary designs and an actionable plan for a resilient green infrastructure system that engages the community in the process and meets Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) mandates for flood mitigation, and addresses biodiversity, habitat, public health, and quality of life for residents.
On the third and final day of the event concepts, designs and plans will be presented to residents, community groups and municipal government leaders. Members of the local press are cordially invited to attend. 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, 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.