Landscape Architecture Senior Receives Honorable Mention in 2013 COLDSCAPES Competition


Knowlton landscape architecture senior Tyler Chandler received an honorable mention for Building a Better Bridge, his entry into COLDSCAPES: New Visions for Cold Weather Cities. The competition was sponsored by the Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD), based at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.  Chandler’s was one of more than 80 submissions from 15 U.S. cities and 13 countries to COLDSCAPES, which “invited artists, architects, landscape architects, and urban designers to submit conceptual and built projects, of various scales, which reveal exciting opportunities for revitalizing cold climate urban places.” The COLDSCAPES jury was comprised of:

Shane Coen Founder and Principal, Coen + Partners
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patrick Coleman | CEO, The Winter Cities Institute
Anchorage, Alaska

Aase Kari Mortensen | Senior Architect, Snøhetta
Oslo, Norway

Greg Peckham Managing Director, LAND Studio
Cleveland, Ohio

Gary Toth Director of Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces
New York City, New York

Chandler developed his entry with his brother Jacob, who studied architecture at Kent State University and the University of Pennsylvania and is currently based in New York City. In their collaborative work, the brothers explore the intersection between architecture and landscape and the potential implementation of progressive modes of design across practical, urban and social contexts. They are interested in cultural oddities, live music, contemporary art, radical mapping, skateboarding, and in the development and dissemination of true DIY modes of building.

Building a Better Bridge seeks to address the extreme case of “seasonal denial” present in New York City’s Williamsburg Bridge and its pedestrian path. From the project summary: “This project explores a new direction for infrastructural improvements. Through seasonally appropriate native foliage, man-made windbreaks, radiant heat reflectors / shading canopies, and seasonally responsive furniture, the pedestrian experience on the bridge is transformed from an antiquated element of transportation policy to an experientially rich element of pedestrian-focused multi-seasonal urban planning.”

For more information, explore Chandler’s Building a Better Bridge submission on the COLDSCAPES website.