Recent UMass Amherst alumnus Andrew Carrano ’22 has been named the 2022 Student Honor Award winner by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Carrano, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, is one of 19 award-winning students chosen from 459 applications representing the highest level of achievement in teaching landscape architecture.
His project, “Boston Anthro-Zoo Park: Redefining zoos as biophilic public spacesreceived the award in the “General Design” category. Carolina Aragón and Theodore Eisenman served as educational advisors on the project, which envisions the transformation of Boston’s Lederman Park along the Charles River into a new model zoo intended to enhance Boston’s native wildlife diversity and reconnect city dwellers with nature through storytelling and passivity. experiences with native wildlife.
Carrano’s plan for the sports fields that currently make up the park proposes the ecological restoration of existing site features to improve the quality of habitat for native species. Floating wetlands placed along the edge of the river would improve water quality and provide cover for aquatic wildlife and food sources for birds and American river otters, while the existing canopy would be extended and filled with a diverse understory of flowering and fruiting plant species to provide food sources and cover for native bird species in all seasons. It also suggests nesting spiers to provide nesting and nesting space for wildlife seeking shelter, acting as a substitute for cavities found in old trees that are not typical of urban environments.
Juries representing a broad cross-section of the landscape architecture profession from the public and private sectors and academia select the winners each year. Announcing Carrano’s selection for the award, the 2022 jury said of its design, “The way this project balances the complex needs of Boston’s diverse animal population with Boston’s human visitors is inspiring.
Carrano and his fellow award winners and their advisors will be honored in person at an awards ceremony at the ASLA Landscape Architecture Conference in San Francisco Nov. 11-14.