Louisville KY’s Resurfaced project earns top award for innovative re-use of vacant downtown space

from Metro Government…

Louisville’s transformation of a vacant space in the heart of downtown into a temporary, pop-up plaza has earned the top annual award from the state’s professional landscape architects.

Resurfaced, which offered live music and other performing arts, local food and craft beer and drew thousands of people to a vacant space at 615 W. Main St., received the Honor Award from the Kentucky chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The award was presented to Henry|McGalliard Landscape Architecture for its work in planning and implementing Resurfaced which ran for six weeks in September and October, 2014.

“Resurfaced was a huge hit, creating energy and drawing people of all ages and walks of life to a previously unused space,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “It’s further validation of this innovative reuse to have it be honored by professionals who plan and design outdoor spaces for a living.”

    Resurfaced was a joint project between the Mayor’s Office and City Collaborative. Discussions are underway on the next Resurfaced project which will be announced later this year.

The ASLA also honored three other Louisville projects and architect groups including:

  • The proposed UrbanBeeLou, which calls for reusing vacant lots across Louisville as new community gathering spaces and honey bee sanctuaries, earned a merit award for student work for University of Kentucky students Travis Klondike and Meg Maloney;
  • The Waterfront Park Phase 4 proposal that would extend Louisville’s waterfront landscape west from Ninth Street, helping to connect Portland and the Russell neighborhoods and erode the problematic “Ninth Street Divide” earned a merit award for unbuilt work for MKSK Landscape Architecture;
  • Louisville’s Locust Grove, the home of George Rogers Clark, received a merit award in planning and analysis for Gresham, Smith and Partners’ work on a master plan for the historic home. The master plan will guide growth on the 55-acre National Historic Site for the next 20 years.

For more on the projects and awards, go to http://brokensidewalk.com/2015/kentucky-asla-awards/