WLA 21 | Research & Policy brings together some of the most interesting landscape research providing readers with insight into numerous topics including landscape of sound, the blue-green process, sea change, how to rethink dying shopping streets, vacated vacation homes, speculative urbanism, urban parks, saving bees, growing green cities guide, reclaiming headlands, an atlas for the end of the world, specialisation in landscape architecture and designing with nature to improve health. This edition of WLA Magazine is full of information that will have you inspired to do more and learn more about landscape architecture research.
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“Heroes’ Green” submitted by Maria Counts of Counts Studio in Brooklyn, NY
U.S. World War One Centennial Commission have announced that five concepts have been selected to proceed to Stage II for the National World War I Memorial design competition.
In the next stage of the competition, the five finalists will work in consultation with the Commission, public agencies with ultimate approval authority over the design, and other stakeholders to further develop and refine their initial design concepts. At the end of Stage II the jury will make recommendations to the World War I Commission, which expects to announce a winning design concept in January 2016.
The five finalists include various designs from the classical, modernist, contemporary and landscape urbanism. However, in recent weeks The Cultural Landscape Foundation(TCLF) has raised concerns about the threat to the current Pershing Park landscape designed by M. Paul Friedberg and recently added the park to TCLF’s Landslide list of nationally significant at-risk and threatened landscapes.
Continue reading Stage II Finalists announced for World War I Memorial
Image Credit | Laura Santin
Green Varnish explores the necessity of hiding inconvenient realities with polite beauty. A green fabric elegantly covers all the inopportune facts.
We ignore inconvenient information. It is admirable how reactionary we are toward information that brings implicit changes; obviously, we have lost perspective of our role within this large system of life of which we belong. Life is change and we forcefully reject impermanence.Flexibility, adaptability and diversity are key aspects of a resilient system; a system in a dynamic equilibrium. Our landscapes, the intricate relationships between culture and territory, speak of rigidity, in-adaptability and fragmentation. Hence, they are unbalanced landscapes, condemned to intensive restructuring.
Image Credit | David Johnson
Continue reading Green Varnish by Nomad Studio at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
A new open space has been designed between the river Neisse and the inner city which uses landscape and urban elements. A spaciously laid out „window“ had been opened to the river, a new path network, the „Tuchbahnen“ (spreads of fabric), is connecting the site with the adjacent quarters.
Continue reading Rehwaldt LA forms a space with distinctive local identity