Academy of Art University Launches the School of Landscape Architecture

Academy of Art University, the nation’s largest private, accredited art and design university, launches the School of Landscape Architecture, offering accredited Associate’s (AA) and Bachelor’s (BFA) degree programs as well as continuing art education courses beginning Summer 2011 semester.

In keeping with the school’s rich tradition of preparing the artists and designers of tomorrow with instruction from leading professionals in their field, Heather Clendenin will take the helm as Director of Landscape Architecture.

Clendenin’s interest in landscape architecture began with one very memorable hike. Then a botany and rhetoric major, she returned with a group to a trail she had been on the year before. Her memory of the trail, which led out into a valley of virgin timber, was intense and inspiring.

“We got out to the overlook, and it had been clear cut,” said Clendenin. “It was then that I thought it was time to get out from behind the microscope.”

As the program Director for the Landscape Architecture Certificate Program at UC Berkeley Extension, Clendenin initiated and directed the Sustainable Environmental Design and Stewardship Professional Sequence program.

In line with those principles, Academy of Art University’s School of Landscape Architecture will incorporate sustainable practices into the framework of all courses. Students will be instructed to analyze landscapes and make responsible decisions based on that analysis.

Ultimately, graduates of the program will be prepared to create inspiring, memorable and functional outdoor environments. “This program provides future generations of designers the opportunity to use San Francisco as their studio,” said Clendenin. “Then they can take that knowledge and design process anywhere in the world.”

See courses available for Landscape Architecture beginning Summer 2011 semester.

Foster + Partners wins West Kowloon Cultural District Competition

West Kowloon Cultural District - City Park - Foster & Partners

The Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently selected City Park designed by Foster + Partners as the preferred option for the development of the future arts and culture hub.

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Critical Infrastructures: Center for Land Use Interpretation

Critical Infrastructures: Center for Land Use Interpretation from The Architecture Foundation on Vimeo.

Matthew Coolidge, Center for Land Use Interpretation (Los Angeles), in conversation. Chaired by Owen Hatherley, writer and journalist; author, A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain.

The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) is a research and education organization based in Los Angeles, interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. We believe that the manmade landscape is a cultural inscription, that can be read to better understand who we are, and what we are doing. The organization was founded in 1994, and since that time it has produced dozens of exhibits on land use themes and regions, for public institutions all over the United States, as well as overseas.

Constructed Ground

Constructed Ground from Cory Silva on Vimeo.

This is based on an essay on landscape urbanism by Linda Pollak. The ideas and theories explained in the video are from Pollak and Lefebvre.
Film by Oscar Gomez, Jared Schmidt, Derek Sergison, Cory Silva.

Landscape Mosaics

Landscape Mosaics from Aaron Dang on Vimeo.

Cal Poly Pomona
College of Environmental Design
Landscape Architecture -LA402 Winter 2011
Andy Chew, Aaron Dang, Trent Keegan, Aaron Reece

Park Twickel: Michael van Gessel [Video by DutchDFA]

A video with Michael van Gessel discussing his designs and process.
Some of the best Design and Architecture interviews and videos on the internet have been commissioned by DutchDFA – Dutch Design Fashion Architecture (DutchDFA) is a four-year strategic programme (2009-2012) that aims to strengthen the international position of these sectors through a joined-up approach by partners in The Netherlands and intensive collaboration with international partners.
CREDITS Director: Geert van de Wetering, Camera: Menno Mans en Niels de Roos, Sound: Bram Meindersma, Editing: Maurik de Ridder, Kleurcorrectie: Maurik de Ridder, Music Sound Design: Big Orange, Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering, Producer Submarine: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Produced by Submarine,

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