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2021 CSI Teams and Projects Announced

A collage of five landscape projects selected for the 2021 CSI program


Ten faculty Research Fellows and ten high-performing landscape projects have been selected for LAF’s 2021 Case Study Investigation program.

Case Study Investigation (CSI) is a unique research collaboration and training program for faculty, students, and practitioners. LAF-funded faculty-student research teams work with designers to document the impacts of exemplary, high-performing landscape projects. Teams develop methods to quantify the environmental, social, and economic benefits of built projects and produce Case Study Briefs for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series.

Faculty Research Fellows lead the CSI collaboration and receive funding to support a student Research Assistant. The academic teams work with liaisons from design firms to evaluate and document each project. LAF provides training, supporting materials, and feedback throughout the process.

The selected projects cover a wide range of project types and geographies with several that explicitly address climate adaptation and diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. These include a New Zealand residential community designed by and for indigenous users, a climate resilient New York City tech campus, a fully accessible trail on the University of Toronto campus, and a linear park developed in partnership with an underserved Los Angeles community. Other selected projects are a University of Miami mixed-use student housing complex with 25 green roofs, a unique rooftop park atop a multi-modal transit center in San Francisco, a New Orleans greenway, an art-filled conservancy and agricultural restoration project in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a cutting-edge landfill rehabilitation project in Montreal, and a riverfront park and greenway in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

The 2021 CSI program kicks off in February and runs through early August. We look forward to working with the teams to document these outstanding projects and their impacts!

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
+ SWA Group

CSI Research Fellow: Claire Latané, ASLA, SITES AP
Student Research Assistants: Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez and Jose Reynoso
Project: Ricardo Lara Linear Park, Lynwood, CA

Cornell University
+ James Corner Field Operations

CSI Research Fellow: Jennifer Birkeland, PLA, LEED AP, FAAR 
Student Research Assistants: Kevin Kim and Jeanette Petti
Project: Cornell Tech Campus, New York, NY

Cornell University
+ Lemay Architects

CSI Research Fellow: Jamie Vanucchi
Student Research Assistant: Jihany Hassun
Project: Frédéric-Back Park at Saint-Michel Environmental Complex, Montreal, QC

Florida International University
+ ArqGEO

CSI Research Fellow: TJ Marston, ASLA
Student Research Assistant: Lucia Bayley
Project: University of Miami Lakeside Village, Coral Gables, FL

Lincoln University New Zealand
+ Earthwork Landscape Architects (SI) Ltd

CSI Research Fellow: Jacky Bowring, PhD, FNZILA
Student Research Assistant: Guanyu Chen
Project: Te Whariki Subdivision Stage 1 & 2, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand

Louisiana State University
+ Design Workshop

CSI Research Fellow: Nicholas Serrano
Student Research Assistant: Sasha Mathieu
Project: Lafitte Greenway, New Orleans, LA

The Ohio State University

CSI Research Fellow: Halina Steiner
Student Research Assistant: Sarah Sanders
Project: Scioto Mile and Greenways, Columbus, OH

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
+ Martha Schwartz Partners

CSI Research Fellow: Vincent Javet
Student Research Assistant: Christopher Ingui
Project: Winslow Farms Conservancy, Hammonton, NJ

University of California, Davis
+ PWP Landscape Architecture

CSI Research Fellow: A. Haven Kiers
Student Research Assistant: Elyse Mack
Project: Salesforce Transit Center Park, San Francisco, CA

University of Toronto
+ Schollen & Company Inc

CSI Research Fellow: Jenny Hill, PhD, OALA, SITES AP 
Student Research Assistant: Kanwal Aftab 
Project: University of Toronto Scarborough Valley Land Trail, Toronto, ON

LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.