The American Society of Landscape Architects has awarded the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park with it's highest honor.
"The ASLA Award of Excellence in General Design recognizes constructed projects of landscape architecture or urban design. Judges base their decisions on the quality of design and execution; design context; environmental sensitivity and sustainability; and design value to the client and to other designers. The Lurie Garden exceeded in all of these criteria.
'The landscape architect has created an oasis in the center of the city. It works on so many levels, no wonder people love it. The plant palette is very rich and engaging. This is not our typical botanic garden,' said the awards jury which represents some of the world's leading design experts. 'It has raised the bar and is far and away the most outstanding example of work submitted to the awards program this year.'
Designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, the 2.5-acre rooftop garden was inspired by Carl Sandburg's famous description of the 'City of Big Shoulders.'"