On November 6 - 8 2017, Landscape Forms, North America's leading designer and manufacturer of high design site furniture and advanced LED lighting, sponsored its ninth Extreme Landscape Architecture(Xtreme LA) event at Washington University in St. Louis.
As in previous Xtreme LA events, the challenge for this fast-paced charrette focused on an issue in landscape and the built environment critical to the local community. Xtreme LA was funded by Landscape Forms and co-hosted by Kirt Martin, Landscape Forms Vice President of Design and Marketing; Rod Barnett, Chair, Landscape Architecture at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University; and Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
Xtreme LA participants were charged with developing visionary designs and an actionable plan for a resilient green infrastructure system that meets Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) mandates for flood mitigation; addresses biodiversity, habitat, public health, and quality of life for residents; and engages the community in the process.
The 36-hour event included fifteen young design professionals identified by their firms as potential leaders and a like number of students from Washington University’s landscape architecture master’s program. The group was guided by two distinguished landscape architects: Chip Crawford, Senior Principal, Forum Studio; and Keith Bowers, Founder and President, Biohabitats.