The January 2015 edition of Landscape Architecture Magazine features This is a Test, an article showcasing the investigative nature of the 16,000 square-foot green roof garden at Chicago Botanic Garden’s Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center (PCSC), which OvS designed.
The green roof underscores Chicago Botanic Garden’s commitment to plant conservation, as it provides an opportunity for research and education, and serves as a living laboratory. Described as practical, educational and beautiful, the green roof garden has two distinct displays: The north side, which displays regional and national native plants not usually used as rooftop plants, as well as the south side, consisting of standard rooftop plants: those that are sun loving, drought tolerant, and wind resistant.
The garden allows for tracking of these plants’ performance on over 30 distinct factors, including plant failure, which is just as important as plant success. The roof gardens at the PCSC use research as a basis to promote successful plants to the green roof industry, and ensure that the most appropriate and sustainable plants are used in these unique and distinct environments.
The Landscape Architecture Firm Award serves to celebrate landscape architecture firms whose work has influenced the professional practice of landscape architecture, and was presented to OvS on November 24, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
Competing firms were judged on three principles, the firm’s influence on the profession; the firm’s collaborative environment; and a consistent, recognizable quality of work. In the case of OvS, ASLA wished to recognize the New American Garden style of landscape architecture, created nearly 40 years ago by OvS Founding Principals Wolfgang Oehme, FASLA, and James van Sweden, FASLA.
Since its founding, OvS continues to garner recognition for its appreciation of nature, as well as its integration of these natural, organic processes and shapes into its forward-thinking, contemporary designs.