College of Architecture and Planning

Landscape Architecture Student Wins 2011 ASLA Award

Dane Carlson, a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, won an honor award in the General Design Category of the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) student awards. 

Dane’s project, Reclaiming the Shoreline: Redefining Indiana's Lake Michigan Coast, explores the recovery and revitalization of industrial landscapes along the Lake Michigan shore. 

“The coal generating station in Michigan City, Indiana is one of a series of industrial complexes which have dominated the shoreline of Lake Michigan for decades, bringing with them pollution of ground and water and crippled shorelines. This design solution utilizes the framework of industrial infrastructure to return the site to ecological and community function; as ecological processes develop through a series of phases, human inhabitation brings the site to life.” 
You can view the project submission at

Dane’s faculty advisor was Meg Calkins with support from faculty mentors Chris Marlow and John Motloch and professionals Todd Thompson and Noel Pavlovic. 

This is the second year in a row that a BLA student from Ball State has won this award in company of mainly graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Louisiana State University, University of Virginia, and Berkeley.

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