WW I Memorial Park | Belgium | OMGEVING

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My soul looked down from a vague height with Death,
As unremembering how I rose or why,
And saw a sad land, weak with sweats of dearth,
Gray, cratered like the moon with hollow woe,
And fitted with great pocks and scabs of plaques.
Across its beard, that horror of harsh wire,
There moved thin caterpillars, slowly uncoiled.
It seemed they pushed themselves to be as plugs
Of ditches, where they writhed and shrivelled, killed.
By them had slimy paths been trailed and scraped
Round myriad warts that might be little hills.

– Excerpt from “The Show” by Wilfred Owen (1918)

A myriad of “little hills” constitute the landscape of what once could be called Flanders Fields. One hundred years ago, the battles of the First World War marked the beginning of the change in landscape that we still bear witness to today around the small town of Ypres. The town, quiet and rather plain, discreetly reveals the scars of its past. More than 500,000 people lost their lives here and the entire western region of Flanders was reshaped by the war. From flat plains, sudden blasts carved out rough hills and deep craters, permanently altering the perception of the local landscape. The four years between 1914 and 1918 saw a political war as well as a war on the landscape.

 

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Frick Collection Abandons Current Expansion Plans

The Frick Collection in New York City has abandoned is current expansion plans, which would have destroyed the East 70th Street Garden designed by the internationally influential British landscape architect Russell Page (1906-1985). The garden is one of only three of Page’s surviving public U.S. commissions and is considered by the New York Times to be one of his “most important works.”

A coalition led by Unite to Save the Frick, with whom The Cultural Landscape Foundation worked, orchestrated a broad-based opposition to the expansion, bringing in artists, architects and other significant individuals and organizations. The New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Municipal Art Society, and other cultural institutions also weighed in. Everett Fahy, who as the Frick’s director in the 1970’s commissioned Page to create the garden, decried the “awful” expansion in an extensive interview with Bloomberg News Executive Editor Manuela Hoelterhoff.
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Morgan Court | Glenroy, Australia| Enlocus

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The design of Morgan Court, Glenroy has been developed with careful consideration of the long term objectives included in the Glenroy Activity Centre Structure Plan and an in depth local consultation process. The key objectives for the design of Morgan Court arose from the many conversations with the community and stakeholders, undertaken as the cornerstone of the project. Following these informative conversations the focus has been on changing perceptions about the value of the space; how can the community’s appreciation be strengthened through an integrated and vibrant approach to this retail area?

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VIDEO | Ken Smith @ UW Department of Landscape Architecture Lecture Series

Ken Smith – UW Department of Landscape Architecture Lecture Series from UW College of Built Environments on Vimeo.

Ken Smith is founder and principal of WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, based in New York City. He spoke at the University of Washington campus in Seattle on May 14, 2015. His lecture, Going Beyond The Metrics, was part of the Department of Landscape Architecture Spring 2015 lecture series. Ken talks about recent projects such as the Fenway Deity.

VIDEO Credit | UW College of Built Environments

The Iridescent Bāgh | Aurangabad, India | Bāghorama

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In traditional Indian crafts, the iconography of the peacock was (and still is) used in the art of weaving exquisite Paithani sarees in a place called Paithan in Maharashtra, India. The iridescence of the peacock’s beautiful plumage is mirrored in the iridescence of these sarees, with the peacock graphics dominating its yard length. As a young Landscape design practice, we recently had the opportunity to design a landscape for clients who had their roots in this illustrious city of Paithan, and we automatically gravitated towards these two beautiful elements.

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