Four teams shortlisted for National Parks Now

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Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service (NPS) recently announced four teams have advanced as finalists in
National Parks Now, a competition inviting multidisciplinary teams of young professionals to reshape the national parks visitor experience.

Each team will now receive a $15,000 stipend to work with a broad range of stakeholders to develop digital tools, hands-on workshops, self-led tours, interactive installations, outreach and engagement campaigns, and other strategies that connect these parks to larger, more diverse audiences throughout the region.
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St.Petersburg Pier shortlisted concepts unveiled

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Back in October, WLA reported that 8 teams were shortlisted to provide a concept design for the St.Petersburg Pier. These teams submitted their designs to the city on December 15. Each team received a $30,000 stipend to submit initial design concepts, complete with reports, renderings, cost estimates and a description of how the programmatic elements meet the findings of the Pier Working Group.

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Energy, Climate and Environmental Park | Solrødgård Denmark | C.F. Møller Landscape

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Sustainable story in 1:1 | A trip to the water treatment plant may not sound like the ideal Sunday family outing. Yet this can soon be a real possibility, according to the master plan for the Energy, Climate and Environmental Park that gathers the Hillerød Utility Company’s activities at one location.
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Dutch Dikes launched by co-founders of LOLA Landscape Architects

 

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Eric-Jan Pleijster, Cees van der Veeken the co-founders of LOLA Landscape Architects have launched Dutch Dikes, a complete overview of the Netherlands’ most important invention: the dike. Based on the first map of dikes in the Netherlands, the dikes are characterised, explained and categorised in all their diversity. In addition, the book features a surplus of dike anecdotes and in-depth portrayals of 40 of the 100 most remarkable Dutch dikes. The authors show the technical, cultural and historical sides of the dikes, as well as a glimpse of the future: the Dutch dikes as the parks of the twenty-first century.

Eric-Jan Pleijster wrote the text for Dutch Dikes and coordinated the book’s research and production. Dutch Dikes’ co-author Cees van der Veeken has been involved with dikes since LOLA’s inception.

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Shortlist announced for Olympicopolis Design Competition

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The London Legacy Development Corporation has recently announced that six teams have been shortlisted for the Olympicopolis Design Competition. The new culture and education quarter is part of the Olympicopolis vision for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Over 43 high quality submissions comprising established companies and emerging practices which included 125 different architects from around the world.

The six finalists teams are:

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