The 2015 International Garden Festival opens

SE MOUILLER (la belle échappée) | Image Credit: Photo credit: Groupe A / Annexe U

SE MOUILLER (la belle échappée) | Image Credit: Photo credit: Groupe A / Annexe U

The International Garden Festival opens its 16th edition in the company of more than 50 landscape architects, architects and designers from Canada, the United States, France and Israel. The 2015 Festival is opening 6 new gardens chosen from among the 309 proposals submitted from designers around the world. Visitors are invited to move, touch and smell the gardens and even get their feet wet.

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Back to the River design competition shortlist announced

We announced the Back to the River design competition in May, and now Stage 1 is complete. The organisers received 19 high quality submissions from design firms from around the world.  The London Community Foundation, the City of London and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, have selected 5 teams to make full submissions in the second phase of the competition.

The firms selected to make complete proposals for the re-design and re-imagining of the downtown stretches of London’s magnificent Thames River are:

  • Brook McIlroy, Toronto and Thunder Bay
  • Civitas, Denver
  • PWL Partnership, Vancouver
  • Janet Rosenberg Studio, Toronto
  • Stoss + Dillon, Boston and Toronto

The next phase of the competition will involve the preparation of a complete vision for the entire downtown riverfront, more detailed plans for the river edges around the Forks of the Thames and the SoHo District. Each shortlisted proponent will be awarded an honorarium of $40,000.

Final submissions will be received in mid-October, with the winning submission and firm will be announced in early November. The winning proponent will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate a detailed design of the inaugural project at the Forks of the Thames.

For more information goto Back to the River 

Private Garden in Ortonovo, Italy by Giuseppe Lunardini


When an entrepreneur who works in the marble business gave me the chance to design the garden for his brand new house up on the hills of Ortonovo, close to the Mediterranean coast, I suddenly knew I would reflect his personality in a carved landscape.


I applied all the design principles I have learned from Porcinai’s School of Florence and did my best to design a garden in perfect harmony with this territory, as if it was the missing piece of a bigger puzzle.

The whole property is 6.200 square metres, including an olive grove. I created a series of green rooms such as the swimming pool area, the outdoor kitchen, the entrance garden and the parking area which are designed and planned close to the building but get more natural and more nuanced as you move away from the house.

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World War I Memorial Design Competition


World War I Centennial Commission is currently holding a design competition for the World War I Memorial to be located at Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.   Congress has authorized the World War I Centennial Commission to enhance the existing Pershing memorial by constructing on Pershing Park “appropriate sculptural and other commemorative elements, including landscaping.” The objective of this design competition is to transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial, within a revitalized urban park setting with a distinct sense of place that complements the memorial purpose while attracting visitors, workers, and residents of the District of Columbia.

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Latest Edition of WLA Magazine published | 20th Edition


The 20th edition issue WLA Magazine is a celebration of contemporary, stunning landscape architecture from around the world and features some of the most distinguished landscape architectural projects including Akasya Acibadem Central Park in Istanbul, Public Media Commons in St. Louis, Missouri, Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Malaysia, and Bow Riverwalk in Alberta, Canada.

Damian Holmes, founder of WLA Magazine, said about the upcoming issue, “I am proud to publish the 20th edition of WLA Magazine. Over the last four years, the readership has grown, and the quality of projects keeps getting better.”

This issue features highlights of a diverse range of landscape architecture projects from across the world. Readers will learn about recent projects from well known landscape architecture firms including Sasaki Associates, Stantec, DLANDStudio, White, Maier Landschaftsarchitektur & Betonlandschaften, they will gain an inside perspective to the ideas and concepts that led to these smart, innovative landscape designs.

With more than 20 landscape projects, WLA Magazine is pleased to offer landscape architects, allied professionals, and the landscape industry, a new edition of our bi-monthly magazine. Pick your copy for $3.99USD(Credit Card or Paypal) or Subscribe for $20USD/year(Credit Card or Paypal) . 


Chic Garden | IJLA


IJLA were engaged in 2010 to initiate the transformation of the external environment for this country house. The house had recently undergone a complete transformation giving it a contemporary look.

The landscape masterplan was created, allowing the client to then decide on a phasing strategy. Initially the immediate arrival space was created using large blockwork and rendered planters through which generous steps were created. The choice of materials reflected the building materials and corresponding tones. Render was used for the planters with copings and steps in slate. Lighting was recessed into the planter walls throwing light across the step riser, along with up-lights to the topiary. Planting for the arrival space was designed to be contemporary and also seasonal whilst retaining structure and form.


Image Credit | James McDonald Photography/Graphene Architects,

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VIDEO | See the South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from an inhabitants perspective

Aerial South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from Baha Media on Vimeo.

South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center was completed in 2009 by SSP Design, recently Baha Media filmed an aerial perspective taking in the many areas of the center and surrounding wetland areas. The video gives an interesting perspective and allows us to see how the vegetation and project have “grown-in” over the last 5-6 years.

Landscape Master Planning & Design | SSSP Design, LLC
Location | South Padre Island, TX
Architect | Richter Architects
Builder | Terry Ray Construction
Landscape Contractor | Green Thumb Landscape, Southern Landscapes

Video Credit | Baha Media

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