PARK(ING) DAY 2019
June 28, 2019
September is right around the bend, and our team is eager to begin working on a parklet design for Park(ing) Day 2019! LAB has been participating in the international phenomenon that is Park(ing) Day since 2016, and each year the studio is thrilled to take on this project which has great explorative potential. Parklets, although small in footprint, have proven to be great opportunities for LAB to express strong, clear design concepts, to advocate for and educate the public on important issues, and to collaborate with local non-profits.
BIG GREEN COMMUTE 2019
June 11, 2019
Since 2000, our friends at ZGF Architects have organized the Big Green Commute, a fun and commendable competition between local design firms to see who can rack up the highest number of green commuting points over the course of a week. LAB has enjoyed competing over the past few years, and (humble brag) have repeatedly placed among the top three in the small office category.
2019 POTOMAC ASLA AWARDS
May 16, 2019
We’re happy to report that our project, The Apollo Terraces has received an ASLA Potomac 2019 Honor Award in the Built Design category.
The Apollo is a new 8-story, 435-unit apartment and retail building in Washington DC’s H Street corridor that includes a total of seven outdoor terraces and several streetscapes.
2019 MARYLAND ASLA AWARDS
May 15, 2019
LAB is proud to announce that three of our projects were recognized at the 2019 MD ASLA Awards Gala among an ensemble of other inspiring entries. We were thrilled to receive Honors Awards for Access Road Ecotones and The Apollo Terraces as well as a Merit Award for the Metro Park VI project.
2019 ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL: DC
February 05, 2019
As ardent fans of film and design, Landscape Architecture Bureau is proud to be a sponsor of the second annual Architecture and Design Film Festival: DC to be held at the National Building Museum February 21-24. ADFF is the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture and design. This year’s selections are focused on the issues of social justice and diversity.
The Access Road Ecotones Project recently won the Virginia ASLA Presidential Award of Excellence for Analysis and Planning, the most prestigious award bestowed in that category. LAB is dedicated to environmental stewardship as a critical component of our holistic approach to the design of places that improve the lives of local communities.
HAPPY 2019 FROM LAB!
January 15, 2018
Cheers to rolling out our new website! Happy New Year from our studio to yours.
GARRISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RIBBON CUTTING WITH MAYOR
December 13, 2018
Both phases of Garrison Elementary School are complete and ready to be enjoyed by students, teachers, and community members!
Together with architects Bell and Newman, LAB designed exceptional play spaces, sports fields, and outdoor learning environments to support the needs of the school and surrounding community.
WARD 7 SHORT TERM FAMILY HOUSING IS OPEN
October 9, 2018
LAB’s work with Cunningham Quill Architects on the Ward 7 Short Term Family Housing facility was recently celebrated at a public ribbon cutting and residents are starting to move in. LAB designed the outdoor recreational facilities to support a high capacity of users in a limited space, all while maintaining an open, playful character. LAB’s scope also included streetscape and greenroof designs.
PARK(ING) DAY 2018
LAB’s design for this year’s one-day-parklet celebrated literacy, public space, and the power of community resources. Located outside of the East City Bookshop and around the corner from the Southeast Public Library, LAB designed a living room of bookshelves and rocking chairs, curtains and lamps, for community reading and rocking. A book exchange, story time, and library card sign-ups helped our park stay full of neighbors and friends, despite some morning rain. Special thanks to LOLL Designs for lending us their fabulous (and rain-proof) outdoor furniture for the day!
Please check out our Instagram page for more pictures from the event!
LAB REPORT: DESIGNING IN THE AGE OF INFORMATION
May 24, 2018
A defining characteristic of our age is the sheer volume and diversity of freely available information. But without guidance this wealth of knowledge can be disorienting or, at its worst, trap people in echo-chambers of their own repeated opinions. How do we cut through the noise?
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM LAB!
December 27, 2017
Warm wishes to you and yours in 2018. Happy New Year from all of us at LAB.
THE DISTRICT WHARF OPENS
October 12, 2017
Today marks the official opening of The District Wharf. LAB was the Architect of Record for a number of public spaces included in this project ranging from a large public tree-lined promenade to a lush four acre public park. Eleanor Holmes Norton Park, featured left was dedicated and opened earlier this summer.
PARK(ING) DAY 2017
October 5, 2017
For Parking Day* 2017, LAB teamed with Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) and Casey Trees to highlight water quality issues in the Anacostia River watershed. Exactly 200 plastic bottles, collected by members of ECC from the Anacostia River as part of their ongoing cleanup efforts, were repurposed as a sculptural field.
AWARD-WINNING PROJECT ON DISPLAY AT DAC
July 5, 2017
Last Wednesday, the District Architecture Center (DAC) opened a new exhibit in their SIGAL Gallery showcasing the 2017 Professional Awards of the ASLA Potomac Chapter. LAB’s project entitled Displaced Ecologies received a Merit Award in the Unbuilt Design category. LAB’s project is one of 15 award-winning works being showcased in this exhibit that runs through Friday, August 25. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
LAB TO JOIN AIA | DC TOUR OF THE APOLLO
June 23, 2017
On June 27, LAB will join SK+I in hosting a sold-out tour of The Apollo for AIA | DC chapter members and guests. The Apollo is a large scale, mixed-use project located in northeast Washington DC in the rapidly expanding H Street corridor. Designed by architects SK+I, the project also incorporates a Whole Foods Market and a large-scale We Work facility.
LAB was responsible for the design of The Apollo’s seven on structure courtyards and gardens. Managed by LABite Payam Ostovar, courtyards, gardens, and roof decks were designed to complement the work of SK+I and provide valuable passive and active outdoor recreation space to building residents.
WHARF WATERFRONT PARK DEDICATION
June 1, 2017
The Wharf’s Waterfront Park was officially unveiled to the public in a ceremony that included its formal dedication to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, the partnership leading the District Wharf redevelopment project, dedicated the park to recognize Norton for her work in passing legislation - the Southwest Waterfront Redevelopment Act - which was signed into law in 2012 and laid the groundwork for Southwest’s neighborhood redevelopment.
LAB is the Architect of Record for this and other prominent spaces along the upcoming District Wharf development.
LAB RECEIVES 2017 POTOMAC CHAPTER ASLA MERIT AWARD
May 19, 2017
LAB received a 2017 Potomac Chapter ASLA Merit Award for its project entitled Displaced Ecologies in the Unbuilt Design category.
LAB’s design was part of a collaboration with Bonstra | Haresign Architects that was earmarked for development in the post-industrial landscape of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The project recreates the displaced wetland ecosystem of the Inner Harbor by elevating the lost wetlands and their functionality upward onto a slab above the development’s proposed underground parking. The resulting landscape mimics the ecological function of the wetlands lost long ago to development while maintaining an aesthetic that is distinctly constructed.
LAB TO PRESENT ARTICLE AT ICOET 2017
May 12, 2017
LABites Michael W. Smith and Marjorie Woodbury will present at ICOET 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This session follows the success of LAB's design for the Access Road Ecotones project. The Access Road Ecotones project aims to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for both human and natural environments. It encourages neighborhood revitalization with a bicycle and pedestrian path and benefits local insects and birds with a native plant palette. This case study is an account and discussion of the collaborative design method, with a focus on innovation in infrastructure planting design and the resulting end-user experience.
LAB FEATURED IN NAIOP NOVA BUS TOUR GUIDE
May 4, 2017
LAB Principal Jonathan Fitch, ASLA, and LABite Tim Bragan authored an article entitled Outdoor Amenity Spaces: Complex, Hybridized, High Value Landscape that was included in the exclusive guide for NAIOP Northern Virginia's annual bus tour.
This year’s tour focused on commercial properties within the Beltway and included the Ballston corridor in Arlington, VA. The LAB article addresses emerging trends related to landscape architecture, especially in regards to landscape terraces and gardens that are on structure.
LAB REPORT: NATURAL LANDSCAPES
September 14, 2016
There has been, over the life of the landscape architecture profession, a profound predisposition/bias toward a particular emotional response to outdoor space: nostalgia. It is certainly visible in the work of the great 18th-century English landscape designers, Capability Brown and Humphry Repton, whose work meant to capture the romantic ideal of Edenic perfection that flows from the landscape paintings of Claude Lorraine and his cohort.
LAB REPORT: LANDSCAPE SCALE
June 23, 2015
We have been thinking about what makes architecture and landscape architecture different from one another. When we teach we often have a few architecture students in the studio mix. They often struggle to make, let alone design, outdoor spaces. Why is that? It’s not their talent level. It’s not their commitment or work ethic. It’s not their lack of knowledge, nor is it any lack of rigor. The problem is understanding the differences between architectural scale and landscape scale.