Landscape Performance Toolkit

The Landscape Foundation has posted a searcheable collection of online tools to measure landscape performance. The tools also allow users to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features. Calculators for air quality, watershed, construction carbon, erosion and many other factors.

go to Benefits Toolkit at the Landscape Foundation.

Natural Learning Initiative: New role for Landscape Architecture

NC STATE UNIVERSITY’s Natural Learning Initiative have a been posting on their blog Robin’s Nest. Recently they posted(author unknown) a new post – A New role for Landscape architecture

Like many professions, medicine being an example, landscape architecture is beginning to subdivide into specializations informed by empirical evidence………
At NLI, we believe that landscape architects are a crucial partner in creating new types of landscapes to support active, outdoor lifestyles in childhood. We urge state chapters to get on board, to refocus Olmsted’s vision of landscape architecture as a public health intervention, and to appoint representatives to the new Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (PPN) hosted by ASLA.

An interesting quick read about how landscape architects can provide necessary spaces for children.

Old Post Office Plaza: St. Louis, Missouri

Old Post Office St.Louis Missouri
© Debbie Franke

Baird Sampson Neuert Architects design for Old Post Office Plaza in St. Louis Missouri serves as an urban catalyst for revitalization while forming an iconic event space for downtown St. Louis. Inspired by a large public sculpture, “the Torso of Icaro” by noted sculptor Igor Mitoraj and donated for installation in the project, the design creates a three dimensional armature of spaces and program that spiral upward and around the work to explore the deeper structure of ideas that the myth of Daedelus and Ikarus evokes. Not only was Daedalus the key protagonist of one of the great narratives of flight and fall, he was associated with early manifestations of public space and public art in ancient Greece, as an archetypal architect and sculptor.

Architectonic and landscape elements are used strategically to re-contextualize urban edges and dramatically transform the micro geography of the flat site created by urban clearing. At its centre, a new civic square serves as a venue for events and “cours d’honneur” to the historic Post Office. The raised “theatre plateau on the west side creates an urban edge and vista northward to the handsome Italianate entry pavilion to the historic American Theatre, with the Screen/Cloud wall masks the side wall never intended to be viewed.

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Landscape Fusion Symposium in Portland

ASLA Oregon is holding the Landscape Fusion Symposium where they will explore a FUSION of ideas, concepts, and design that will inspire you to see the Northwest landscape in a whole new light. Two days of activities and education sessions led by national and local experts will generate its own unique energy, providing power and passion for attendees, as well as valuable professional development hours (PDHs), networking, and fun!

APRIL 15-16, 2011: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, SHATTUCK HALL
DESIGN CHARRETTE WILL BE HELD AT ALTA PLANNING & DESIGN

Go to the Landscape Fusion website for more information

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.

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