This Week in Landscape | 25 May 2014 | News & Upcoming Events

Movers & spacers: Winning landscape architects champion smart, fun public areas | Lucy Hyslop | Vancouver Sun
“It’s just another slice of park life, but this time the landscape architect whose firm designed the new and recently accoladed Mid Main green space is happily taking in the animated vignette. “None of that would have happened before in this space,” Joe Fry says with modest yet tangible glee. “It’s very satisfying seeing it being used.”

Celebrating New Pier While Debating Park’s Uses | Vivian Yee | New York Times
Pier 2 & 4 opened this week at Brooklyn Bridge Park however a recent NYC RFP for towers is causing concern with city residents

Community garden evolving on vacant downtown lot | Seth Slabaugh | The Star Press
Ball State University landscape architecture students are installing a community garden, mural and courtyard on a highly visible vacant lot at Main and High streets in downtown Muncie.

A Blueprint to End Paralysis Over Global Action on Climate | Timothy E. Wirth & Thomas A. Daschle | Yale e360
“The international community should stop chasing the chimera of a binding treaty to limit CO2 emissions. Instead, it should pursue an approach that encourages countries to engage in a “race to the top” in low-carbon energy solutions.”

Landscape architect reimagines Olmsted’s Jackson Park, makes pitch for conservancy and nixing golf driving range
“Vermont-based architect Patricia O’Donnell was picked earlier this year by privately-funded non-profit Project 120 to help restore designer Frederick Olmsted’s original influence on the park.”

Report Documents Preventable Pedestrian Deaths, Ranks Most Dangerous Metro Areas | ASLA
More than 47,000 people were killed while walking in the U.S. between 2003 and 2012, at a rate that has been rising in the last few years. The majority of those deaths likely could have been prevented with safer street design, according to a new report released today by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, in conjunction with AARP and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).”

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Student Project | New Urban Cemetery: Departures 1 & 2 | Tyler Allen Bradt

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Cemeteries in North America almost exclusively all follow the same model – the Garden Cemetery of 1831 Mount Auburn, based on a concept of vast naturalized space. It is no longer 1831 and local and world issues have shifted along with our values and our cultural community. The traditional design has served its purpose in most major cities on the continent. It is pervasive and it is time to consider its effects and consequences on the city. Our modern communities are faced with new challenges unforeseen 200 years ago, such as increased multiculturalism, densification of urban cores rather than expansion of suburbs, environmental challenges, and a shift towards a more economically polarized society.
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Shawm House | Coldtown UK | OOBE Ltd

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A unique landscape responding to an innovative new residential building set within rural Northumberland. The brief was to develop a sustainable dwelling that sat within, and responded to, its surroundings. Architects Mawson Kerr proposed a pioneering barn conversion that uses innovative construction techniques and sustainable technologies alongside local materials to produce a simple, elegant new home.
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Taiyuan Fen River Waterfront Landscape Design | Tiayuan China | AECOM

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Fen River is the mother river of Taiyuan City. It runs from north to south through the city and fosters the history, culture and development of the region. The project site is located at the joining point of old town and new urban area with a total of 2.57km2 (50 Hec­tares) riverfront landscape area. The project connects existing community on the east with Changfeng Business District, a new civic and business center west of Fen River. Being built in the spring of 2013, Fen River Park is now a popular public space and a new landmark of Taiyuan City.

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Shenzhen Bao’an West Coastal Zone Urban Design Competition Shortlist Announced

The People’s Government of Bao’an District, Shenzhen and Urban Planning, Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality have announced the shortlist for Conceptual Urban Design of Bao’an West Dynamic Coastal Zone Design Competition. The shortlist includes Chinese and International companies including consortiums. Over 70 applications were received from across the world and the applications were evaluated by 9 experts from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

The preliminary review meeting of the International Consultation on the Conceptual Urban Design of Bao’an West Dynamic Coastal Zone was held on May 12th, 2014. The election panel read the application documents and concept proposal, had discussions, carried out meticulous election and voted the following 8 finalists (including consortiums, in no particular order):
1. Aube Conception SARL d’Architecture France
2. The Urban Planning & Design Institute of Shenzhen (UPDIS) & HASSELL Design Consulting (Shanghai) Ltd & Shenzhen Graduate School, Harbin University of Technology
3. Shenzhen Lay-out Planning Consultants Ltd & KCAP International B.V.& Atelier Dreiseitl (BJ Branch)
4. Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd. & NAUTA Architecture & Research & Tenio Architecture And Engineering(Tianjin)Co.,Ltd.
5. The Architectural Design Research Institute of SCUT & Obermeyer Engineering Consulting (Beijing) Co.,Ltd.
6. China Academy of Urban Planning & Design (CAUPD) & SWA Group
7. ISA-Internationales Stadtbauatelier
8. Kuiper Compagnons

The organisers have issued an invitation to the shortlisted 8 firms. A Site Visit, question and answer sessions and also the release related consultation documents on May 22nd, 2014.

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