2009 Florida ASLA Awards

We've just been told that we have won awards from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for two projects this year. An Award of Honor for the Bai Dat Do Masterplan, Phu Quoc Island, Kiên Giang Province, Vietnam; and an Award of Merit for the mixed use World Village of Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas. It is a great honor to be recognized - out of 70 total entries, 17 professional awards were given, and we are honored to receive two of them. Presentation of Awards will occur during the Florida Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo to be held July 23-25 in Ft. Myers, FL.


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Todd McCurdy invited to be a part of design jury

MorrisTerra principal Todd McCurdy took part in being a part of a design charette jury at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The charette presentation was by the Urban Design Studio of Terry Schnadelbach and Joceli Macedo, with students presenting concepts for “Change for Inner City Neighborhoods” with studies specific to the Church Street Corridor Study of west downtown Orlando.

Eco-Friendly Development Continues to Make Good Business Sense

"Eco-Friendly Development Continues to Make Good Business Sense" part of the Caribbean, Central America and Florida Spotlight- written by Mike Sheridan
Published in the February 2009 issue of URBAN LAND magazine.
Parque Amazônia mentioned and Todd McCurdy quoted in the article about sustainability and Eco-development.
"In Brazil, the state of Pará has put in place legislation to create Parque Amazônia as a model of well-thought-out, sustainable development. Most of the environmental studies for the project have been completed, says Todd McCurdy, a Principal and Director of landscape, architecture, and planning at Morris Architects. “Development will begin as soon as the state selects a qualified investor/developer, possibly by the second quarter of 2009,” he adds. While 68 percent of Parque Amazônia is primarily rain forest, the remainder of the site served as a rubber plantation dating back to the late 1700s. In addition to providing historic interest, the plantation permits the new development to take place on previously disturbed land—thus allowing the project to be close to the forest without disturbing it. according to McCurdy, eco-friendly development is no longer merely “nice to do” but is now a “must do,” driven by the increased scarcity of resources and pressure from stakeholders. “the stakeholders are not only the owners, designers, and builders who are looking for more efficient and environmentally friendly delivery systems, but also the people who are using these places,” he says. “they are demanding environmental responsibility of all the products they use.”

LAS Conference

Jim Pope, Todd McCurdy and Miguel Kaled were invited speakers at the Conference, illustrating how urbanism and masterplanning can affect and improve quality of life specifically in Niterói, Brazil.

The Urban Divide in Latin America: Challenges and Strategies for Social Inclusion
University of Florida | 58th Annual Conference
Latin America has the largest percentage of urban population of any world region in addition to the most unequal distribution of income. This inequality is most apparent in cities, where the richest and the poorest live in close proximity, and social inequality becomes tangible and flagrantly evident in spatial terms. How can urbanists affect policies that foster social inclusion?
This multidisciplinary conference aims to gather scholars and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life in urban Latin America. This forum will provide participants an opportunity to share their research and experiences, and to engage in dialogue to generate ideas and identify solutions to advance social inclusion in Latin American cities.  
The conference is co-hosted by the UF Center for Latin American Studies and the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning. Joseli Macedo, UF Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning will chair the conference; Martha Kohen, UF Professor of Architecture, will co-chair.