Bendigo Hospital. Photo: Peter Clarke.

OCULUS and RMIT University to take part in global research project examining high-performance landscape projects

13 Dec 2021

OCULUS, in partnership with RMIT University, has been selected to take part in a global research project led by the US-based Landscape Architecture Foundation. The Case Study Investigation program (CSI) is a unique research collaboration and training program that pairs landscape architecture practices with academic partners to document the environmental, social, and economic impacts of exemplary, high-performing landscape projects.

The resulting Case Study Briefs are published on LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series website and database of over 160 projects.

The 2022 CSI program kicks off in February and runs through early August. The participating academic teams, design firms, and projects are:

  • Arizona State University + SWA
    CSI Research Fellow: Chingwen Cheng, PhD, ASLA, PLA
    Student Research Assistant: Ramandeep Kau
    Project: El Paso Pedestrian Pathways, El Paso, TX
  • Auburn University + Sasaki
    CSI Research Fellow: Charlene Marie LeBleu, FASLA, FCELA
    Student Research Assistant: Kangkhita Aishwarya Bosu
    Project: Gulf State Park Master Plan & Phase 1, Gulf Shores, AL
  • Purdue University + ECOLAND Planning and Design Corp.
    CSI Research Fellow:  Yiwei Huang, PhD, ASLA
    Student Research Assistants:  Wanting Zhang and Yahan You
    Project: Suining South Riverfront Park, Suining, Sichuan, China
  • RMIT University, Melbourne + OCULUS
    CSI Research Fellow: Bridget Keane, PhD
    Student Research Assistant: Peter Grant
    Project: Bendigo Hospital, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
  • Temple University + Studio Bryan Hanes
    CSI Research Fellow: Bess Wellborn Yates, ASLA
    Student Research Assistants: Sidney Buckingham and Michelle Lee Delgado Wallace
    Project: The Rail Park, Phase 1, Philadelphia, PA
  • Texas A&M University + Design Workshop and Reed Hilderbrand
    CSI Research Fellows: Galen Newman, PhD and Dongying Li, PhD
    Student Research Assistant: Rui Zhu
    Project: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Phase 1, Houston, TX
  • Tongji University Shanghai + Sasaki
    CSI Research Fellow: Ing. Nannan Dong, PhD
    Student Research Assistant: Yiqi Wang
    Project: Xuhui Runway Park, Shanghai, China
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign + DTLS
    CSI Research Fellow: Kelley Lemon, PLA, LEED AP, EDAC
    Student Research Assistant: Chia-Ching Wu
    Project: STLCC Forest Park Center for Nursing and Advanced Health Sciences, St. Louis, MO
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln + SmithGroup
    CSI Research Fellow:  Salvador Lindquist, ASLA
    Student Research Assistant: Jacob Essink
    Project: Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit, MI
  • University of Washington + Site Workshop
    CSI Research Fellows: Ken P. Yocom, PhD and Amy Wagenfeld, PhD
    Student Research Assistant: Rebecca Habtour
    Project: Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance, Tacoma, WA

The CSI program is highly collaborative and helps to bridge the gap between research and design practice. By investing in this research, LAF is generating much-needed information and precedents to evaluate performance, demonstrate value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. 

About the Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Established in 1966, LAF invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of design leaders.

Case Study Investigation (CSI) program: www.lafoundation.org/csi

Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs: www.LandscapePerformance.org/case-study-briefs

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