The Case Study Investigation (CSI) program is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with designers to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects.
Research teams develop methods to quantify environmental, social, and economic benefits and produce Case Study Briefs for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series. By investing in this research, LAF is generating much-needed information and precedents to quantify benefits and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.
The next CSI program will run from February 4 to August 5, 2019. Applications are due November 30, 2018.
Faculty Research Fellows
The teams are led by CSI Research Fellows, select faculty members with demonstrated interest or expertise in quantifying landscape benefits. Fellows develop methods for data collection, provide academic rigor in preparing the case studies, and receive funding to support a student research assistant. Starting with the 2019 CSI program, funding for each team has been increased! Fellows will receive a $1,000 honorarium and $9,000 to support a student research assistant.
Participating design firms apply with specific projects and are selected based on the quality of the project, availability of information to document performance, and commitment to participating in the CSI process. For the 2019 CSI program, special consideration will be given to projects that have a strong narrative and/or strong potential for measurable benefits related to resilience or diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The CSI program is highly collaborative and helps to bridge the gap between research and practice by advancing our knowledge of landscape performance. CSI is an important impetus in moving the landscape architecture discipline toward designing every project with specific performance objectives, routinely collecting performance data, and integrating landscape performance in design education.
For question or more information, contact Megan Barnes at mbarnes [at] lafoundation.org. LAF will host an "Office Hours" for potential applicants on Friday October 12, 3-4pm EDT.
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.