Museum of Science and Industry Smart House | Chicago Illinois | Jacobs/Ryan Associates

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The Museum of Science and Industry’s mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting a captivating and compelling experience that is real and educational. With over 2,000 exhibits in the museum’s main building, the institution is continuously adding new exhibits exploring different technologies. Along with Michele Kaufman, architect of pre-built environmentally friendly modular housing, Jacobs/Ryan Associates (JRA) designed a sustainable landscape for the new Smart Home exhibit at the Museum. According to the Museum’s website, “Toured by over 200,000 guests since its debut in May 2008 (through 2010), the Smart Home provides examples and ideas for sustainable living with contemporary style and in harmony with the environment. Whether you’re into gardening, gadgets or garages, it will reboot your thinking about your home and how to live greener.” The site and landscape elements tell Museum visitors a story of sustainability in practical applications of green technology.
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AILA: East-West Link will have severe ecological, cultural and heritage impacts

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Analysis of Proposed East West Link Landscape Impacts
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Australian Institute of Landscape Architects(AILA) has voiced its opposition to a new freeway link in the City of Melbourne that will cause the loss of 6% of one of Melbourne’s largest parks and have “severe ecological, cultural and heritage impacts Royal Park and Moonee Ponds Creek.”. The East West Link is a tunnel that joins two major freeways across the north of the city, however unlike the BIG DIG in Boston and the Madrid Rio, the East-West Link will widen existing surface roads to allow for above ground access ramps into the tunnel.

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Streetmix | interactive street section builder app

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Do you spend hours playing sim city or crushing candies? We’ve found a productivity tool for landscape architects that is just as fun. Streetmix is a free interactive street section builder that allows anyone to be able to build up a street with various lanes and urban elements including lighting, trees, bike lanes, light rail, signage. It’s a quick and easy to use web application that lets landscape architects and urban planners mockup various street section options for the same street.

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10 teams selected for Rebuild by Design competition

Back in June the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in collaboration with others launched  Rebuild by Design to promote resilience for Sandy-affected regions.   Rebuild by Design  is a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities.

Recently, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced that 10 teams have been selected for Stage 2 of the design competition. Over 140 potential teams from more than 15 countries submitted proposals, representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide. The ten Design Teams will participate in an intense eight-month process broken into two distinct stages: analysis and design.

The ten teams includes some well known design firms and academic institutions who have experience in design competitions and implementing urban design projects. Landscape Architecture firms are well represented with some larger and smalle firms represented. The 10 teams include:

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Grand Musée du Monde Maya de Mérida | Merida Mexico | XYZ Cultural Technology


XYZ Cultural Technology created both the technical concept and the programming for the multimedia installation that brings to life the night-time sound-and-light show projected on the façade of the new Gran Museo del Mundo Maya in Merida, Mexico. “It’s an immense, dynamic visual and audio panorama that traces the history of the Maya community,” explains Jacques Larue, partner at XYZ, “entrenched in the birth of the world and bearing the seeds of the Yucatán’s modern identity.”
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