The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Landscape Architecture faculty Carolina Aragón receives Merit Award at International CODAawards

University of Massachusetts Landscape Architecture faculty Carolina AragónCarolina Aragón at her installation, "High Tide" on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Photo Credit: Matt Conti
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Carolina Aragón, assistant professor of landscape architecture, was recognized on August 28 by the International CODAawards for her installation on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, “High Tide”. Aragón’s project was given a Merit Award in the landscape category.

“I am very honored to receive this recognition from among a pool of highly talented artists working around the world. It makes me happy to have 'High Tide' reach a wider audience beyond its original installation in Boston, and bring attention to the important work that artists are doing to engage communities in issues of climate change,” says Aragón.

“The CODAawards recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us,” said Toni Sikes, CEO of CODAworx. The annual international competition, now in its sixth year, is sponsored jointly by the company CODAworx and Interior Design magazine. This year the competition received 426 entries from 30 different countries around the globe, representing over $97 million USD in commissions.

"High Tide" was commissioned by The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. The project is an abstract interpretation of a marsh during high tide, where the water is represented through kinetic circles which reflect different colored light. The marsh serves as a tool for visualizing an imaginary flood line, inviting the public to reflect on Boston’s historical marsh landscape and future flooding due to climate change.

A panel of 18 jurors from the design, architecture and art worlds judged the submissions. The jury selected winners in each of the ten design categories. Their Top 100 selections were then exhibited online in early summer, where the public was invited to vote for their favorites.

The merit winners exemplify what the organizers describe as “the best of what can happen when artists and design professionals collaborate to create artful spaces in our built environment.” Merit winning projects were found from across the globe.