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NATIONAL SIGNPOST HONOUR
RED: RESEARCH EVOLVE DESIGN
NEW DIRECTIONS | ORIENTATIONS RED: RESEARCH EVOLVE DESIGN, DENVER, COLORADO CLIENT | PROPRIÉTAIRE N/A, FIRM | FIRME JANET ROSENBERG + ASSOCIATES www.jrala.ca ENG_
This revolutionary wildlife crossing structure, designed for the ARC International Wildlife Crossing Design Competition, pioneers an energetic and bold design which completely rethinks the conventional overpass. Fittingly entitled RED (Research, Evolve, Design), the dramatic bridge structure goes well beyond the traditional in every element. Animal psychology informs each aspect of the design. The team worked closely with ecologists, engineers and architects to design a structure that splays out into the woods in six directions, offering animals some 18 crossing choices. It uses a new material, a more resilient and cost-effective Wood Core Fiberglass in a modular conﬁguration that can be applied to any site anywhere in the world. While much smaller conventional structures routinely cost $12–15 million, RED costs total under $9 million. RED was one of ﬁve ﬁnalists in the ARC competition, which sought to provoke more effective and economical crossing structure design to deal with the critical issues of wildlife/vehicle collisions and habitat fragmentation. Until RED, landscape architects had only rarely been involved in crossing design. LAs are now at the forefront of the discussion. The bright RED identity came about with good reason. Since red is not perceived by animals, it will not distract them. For humans, however, the colour red is evocative, emotional and symbolic. The burst of red can act as a secret code, reminding us that we share the landscape with other living beings. We do not walk alone.
A typology for overpasses: this concept shows excellence in environmental awareness and innovation. The modularity of the components off ers ﬂexibility and variability – an aspect well demonstrated in the presentation. The landscape architects demonstrated good analysis in response to a contextual situation: their instrumental role in this unique project highlights the profession’s diversity, leadership and collaborative style.
COMMENTAIRE DU JURY :
Une typologie des viaducs : ce concept fait preuve d’excellence dans le respect de l’environnement et dans l’innovation. La modularité des composants assure la ﬂexibilité et la variabilité – un aspect bien démontré dans la présentation. Les architectes paysagistes ont fait une bonne analyse en réponse à une situation : leur rôle déterminant dans ce projet unique met en relief la diversité ainsi que le leadership de la profession.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2011
Landscapes - Summer 2011
Limitless! | Illimité!
Letters | Courrier
Up Front | Prologue
Essay | Essai
Work That Defines Us | des Oeuvres qui Nous Définissent Aapc
National Honour Awards | Prix Honneur National
National Merit Awards | Prix Mérite National
National Citation Awards | Prix Citation Nationale
The Regionals | Les Prix Régionaux
Adjudication | Sélection
Opinion | Opinion
Lacf | Fapc
Site Specific | État Des Lieux
Collaborators | Collaborateurs
Inspiration | Inspiration
The Last Word | Le Mot De La Fin
Landscapes - Summer 2011