Merritt Chase, along with team members Ethos Collaborative and JASE Construction Services, have kicked off a series of Community Greening Assessments with the Western PA Conservancy (WPC). Working with WPC and community members in Clairton, PA and Harrison Township, we are working through a three phase process of hydrologic inventory and green infrastructure opportunity mapping, design, and construction of green infrastructure facilities. Keep your eyes peeled for construction in Spring 2019!
“Building a business isn’t a singular act, it’s a series of small steps.” - Eric Reinholdt, Architect + Author Architect + Entrepreneur
This Monday, we’ll be sharing the small steps we’ve taken to build our young practice. Join Nina Chase at 4pm EST for the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s latest Emerging Professional’s webinar featuring Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm Superjacent and Merritt Chase.
Fun #landarch fact, both firms were founded by past LAF Olmsted Scholars, Chris Torres ‘12, Chris Merritt ‘11, and Nina Chase ‘09.
Update: A recording of the live webinar lives here.
Join Merritt Chase’s Chris Merritt in conversation with Frida Escobedo and Daniel Ostroff on Thursday, November 15th at 5pm for an Exhibit Columbus Evening Conversation in Columbus, Indiana.
Meet 2018-19 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Winner, Frida Escobedo of Frida Escobedo Studio in her first public presentation in Columbus. Escobedo’s studio will create an installation for the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Plaza during Exhibit Columbus’ 2019 exhibition, which opens to the public on August 24, 2019.
Special guest Daniel Ostroff, an Eames scholar and film producer, will present on Eames + Morality prior to our program with Frida Escobedo. Ostroff is the author of "Modern Classic", "Eames + Valastro", and "Collecting Eames." He was consulting curator for Eames Words and curator of Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection, both for The Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time Consortium.
Following presentations by Daniel Ostroff and Frida Escobedo, Chris Merritt will lead a moderated discussion with our guests. Merritt is a landscape architect and founding principal of Merritt Chase, and currently serves on the Curatorial Advisory Committee for Exhibit Columbus.
Next Tuesday evening join Merritt Chase and People for Urban Progress (PUP) at DAYLIGHT for the debut of the Central State Vision Plan and the celebration of PUP’s 10-year anniversary. The Central State Vision Plan is a plan for campus connectivity and the Historic Grove. Learn more about the plan here. RSVP for DAYLIGHT here.
This week we’re Philly bound for the National American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting.
You can also join Nina Chase for Monday’s panel Sensing the City to learn how to define, collect, and disseminate site-specific data. Panelists include Rebecca Popowsky of OLIN, Stephanie Carlisle of KieranTimberlake, and Kate DeSantis of Gehl. Keep your eyes peeled for Merritt Chase projects Kit of Parks, Take a Seat, and Bae Bae’s Greenhouse.
We hope to see you there!
The GSD Alumni Council is the primary representative body of Graduate School of Design alumni. Nina Chase, MLA ‘12, joins a diverse group of practitioners from across the globe. Learn more about the Council here.
Join Merritt Chase this week as we travel across the Midwest to Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Columbus.
Both Chris and Nina will be attending the Exhibit Columbus National Symposium, in Columbus, IN, for a weekend chock-full of modern landscape architecture and architecture. Chris is currently serving on the Exhibit Columbus Curatorial Advisory Committee.
The recently opened Ian L. McHarg Center at the University of Pennsylvania posed the following question to design practitioners and academics: What does it mean to engage in activism through design? To engage in design through activism?
Read the responses here, including Nina Chase's essay about working proactively, as opposed to reactively, in the field of landscape architecture. Inspired by the Landscape Architecture Foundation's New Landscape Declaration (and the subsequent Olmsted Scholar's response), Nina offers the following actions as a working blueprint for design activism: show up, start small, get loud.