Kelly Shannon named CSI Research Fellow

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Kelly Shannon named CSI Research Fellow

April 20, 2016


Professor Kelly Shannon has been selected as a Research Fellow for the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s (LAF) 2016 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program.


Professor Shannon is one of six fellows who will each lead a team who will assess and document benefits of high-performing landscape projects, resulting in Case Study Briefs for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series, an online, open-source database of paradigmatic landscape projects.


The projects and firms that Shannon will be working with are Vista Hermosa Park (Mia Lehrer + Associates), South Los Angeles Wetland Park (Psomas), and Shenzhen Bay (SWA Group).


“The three projects that USC is investigating for the Landscape Performance Series share the fact that they marry social and ecological justice,” said Shannon. “Mia Lehrer’s Vista Hermosa Park in LA, the South LA Wetlands led by Psomas and SWA’s Wetland Park in Shenzhen Bay are all exemplary projects that have significantly transformed their respective urban environments and perform important ecological function; they have strategically expanded the public and created new urban natures where least expected.”


Second-year Master of Landscape Architecture student Christina Hood is Shannon’s research assistant for the project. 


“Landscape design is a living entity,” said Dean Qingyun Ma. “Professor Shannon’s role in this process—returning to a built project—is a critical part of the exploration.”