RFQ-Design Competition

Van Alen Institute and The New Orleans Redevelopment Agency (NORA) have just launched Future Ground, an international competition inviting multidisciplinary teams to generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans.

Future Ground will forecast changes in density, demand, climate and landscape in New Orleans over the next half-century, and will produce implementable, scalable solutions that may be applied to sites citywide, and can also help catalyze strategies for change in other cities around the world. The competition is open to individuals and firms with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, graphic design, policy, engineering, finance, real estate, community development, and other fields relevant to the topic.

In October, three multidisciplinary teams selected from an open RFQ process will receive a $15,000 stipend to participate in a six-month collaborative process with local stakeholders and national leaders to develop strategies that will bring small, incremental projects to the neighborhood and citywide scale, including on the roughly 2,400 properties NORA controls; develop policy to support promising design strategies; and make these strategies participatory and flexible enough to be sustained into the next generation.

RFQ can be found at the competition website.

Please feel free to email or call me Stephen Klimek with any questions about the competition.

Competitions Coordinator
tel: 212-924-7000 ext. 19

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Friday, June 20, 2014
12:00 p.m.

Susannah Bing, Director of Finance and Economic Development

East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority Solicits Proposals for its Mid City Predevelopment Planning Project

The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (”RDA”) is soliciting proposals from an outstanding team of professionals to embark on a seven (7) month planning process to create a Master Plan for a 100+ acre area located in the heart of the Mid City neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The purpose of the master plan is to devise predevelopment strategies through a series of market analyses, design charrettes and property assessments in order to bring development visions and economic realities together to benefit citizens affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

The RDA plans to select a consultant team by mid-August 2014. A copy of the Request For Proposals (“RFP”) may be downloaded from the RDA website: http://www.ebrra.org

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Associate Director
LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio
JOB DESCRIPTION. The Associate Director is responsible for project management and community outreach at the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS) to help ensure that CSS achieves its goals of trans-disciplinary education, research, and outreach. This will involve: (a) assisting project leaders with associate director responsibilities; (b) presenting the work of CSS to the public at large; (c) communicating the objectives of CSS to LSU faculty and students in order to foster collaborations within the studio; and (d) assisting LSU faculty engaged in research initially funded by CSS in obtaining additional funds to support that research.

We are looking for highly motivated people who have some experience in their fields but very much want to engage in a broader multidisciplinary space focused on the issues facing coastal Louisiana.

The Coastal Sustainability Studio is a rapidly growing program where scientists, engineers, and designers come together to intensively study and respond to issues of settlement, coastal restoration, flood protection, and the economy in Coastal Louisiana. CSS was conceived as a design laboratory to develop strategies that reduce risk to social, economic, and natural resources. The results provide a sound basis for major policy decisions for adaptation to change through more sustainable land-use planning, protection, and education. Primarily made up of faculty, research fellows, and graduate students, the
studio is an energetic and growing presence on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus.
More information on CSS at http://www.css.lsu.edu
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES. (1) Management: Take primary responsibility for project management and for a variety of projects coming through the studio. These projects range from small internally funded faculty and graduate student research, to large external contracts with state agencies, to significant grant funded research projects. Associate Director will be primarily responsible for budgets, staffing needs, contracts, and major deadlines for all projects. (2) Development: Identify opportunities for participants in research projects funded by the CSS to discuss their research with outside organizations and work with LSU faculty and outside entities to identify research projects the CSS may fund. (3) Develop Funding Opportunities: Work with the office of Research and Economic Development to help faculty secure follow up funding or matching grants for work done through the CSS. This will involve working with the studio coordinator to prepare applications for grants and contracts and maintaining accounting information related to outside funding of research projects that also receive funding from the CSS. (4) Public Outreach: Represent the CSS at conferences and meetings with public and private sector entities that are concerned with issues around coastal Louisiana. Perform education and outreach functions both inside and outside the university for the CSS. In cooperation with relevant partners at LSU, assist with organizing conferences, seminars, and our lecture series. (5) Reporting: In conjunction with the Studio Coordinator, and Director of the CSS, prepare an annual report for the Executive Committee, sponsors, and external board detailing the studio’s activities for the year.
QUALIFICATIONS. Required. Bachelor’s degree and five years related experience. Proven ability to write and communicate verbally to convey technical material from science, social science, and design research to a non-specialist audience. Knowledge of and a willingness to learn the university sponsored program proposal and accounting system. Desired. Master’s degree and ten years of related experience. Experience in institutes or similar programs related to higher education.
INSTRUCTIONS. Online applications only. Quicklink: lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57417
Applicants should attach a curriculum vitae, a statement of interests and goals, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, and documentation of significant work (Other Document 1 – ten pages max). For digital, film, or animation content, please provide a web address where work can be viewed. A copy of your transcript(s) may be
attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is March 12, 2014, or until a candidate is selected. BENEFITS: LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; annual and sick leave; 14 paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more.

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CEU opportunity

AL & MS Chapters of ASLA Annual Twin States Conference invites all our chapter members and any other interested parties to their annual conference will be held on March 13 – 15, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

More information and links to online registration can be found at the conference website:


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Jefferson Parish Job Opportunity – Planning Department
Landscape Architect

($40,336 Annually)
The purpose of the position is to conduct field observation and inspection of landscape construction, restoration, and maintenance of properties along major roadways and within neighborhoods to ensure compliance with landscaping and buffering requirements and approved site plans. Requires p
ossession of at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; PLUS, possession of a current Landscape Architect License issued by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

For information about this job or to apply online, go to: https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/813192/landscape-architect-4010/agency/jeffparish/apply

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Updated LCASLA Bylaws

To view our Updated bylaws, please click here.

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