New Village Press is excited to announce that longtime ADPSR member Sharon Danks' book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation received ASLA 2012 Professional Award in Communications.
The American Society of Landscape Architects' wonderfully in-depth page for Asphalt to Ecosystems describes the project glowingly as:
"This inspiring, comprehensive book about the vibrant, international green schoolyard movement is a call to action to improve children’s school environments for learning, play, and ecology, and a celebration of 150 successful examples around the world. Compiled from the author’s decade of research and experience, the book speaks to both design professionals and community members, and brims with design ideas, practical tips, and strategies for engaging school communities as stewards of their shared public space."
The ASLA Professional Awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks, and urban planning projects from across the US and around the world, with particular focus on the environmental sensitivity and sustainability of the projects. Asphalt to Ecosystems has been awarded honors in the Communications category, which recognizes achievement in communicating landscape architecture works, technique, and theory. The ASLA 2012 Professional Awards Jury pronounced it “the most comprehensive and usable book. It’s got great ideas that people can actually translate into practice.” New Village Press would like to congratulate Sharon Danks on this prestigious acknowledgement of Asphalt to Ecosystems’ viability as a blueprint for a new paradigm of play and learning.
The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine featuring the award winners will be available in stores as of September 14, and can also be found online.