Undulating Bridge | Hoofddorp Netherlands | LODEWIJK BALJON landscape architects


The Undulating Bridge establishes a direct connection for pedestrians and cyclists between the train and bus station of Hoofddorp and the Office Park Beukenhorst. Coming from the station the bridge enables two possible routes, and therefore has a flared shape. The two curved lines of the bridge in plan, are strengthened by a vertical motion. The arc for cyclists is enhanced by a slight bulge, while pedestrians are brought closer to the water through a hollow. The Undulating Bridge has a distinctive smooth and graceful shape.


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STUDENT PROJECT | Rethinking the Rez | Jeff M. Jones


This is a conceptual graduate student project that was undertaken as part of a studio led by Laurie Olin at the University of Pennsylvania in the spring semester of 2014. It focused on revitalizing Crownpoint, New Mexico, USA, a small town on the Navajo Reservation, in one of the poorest counties in the United States. The design creates a new cultural route to promote Navajo heritage and to provide a new source of income for the community. A swale along the route collects storm water and uses it to irrigate community gardens at the center of the city. Both the route and the swale work with the existing topography to minimize the cost of regrading, since their budget is limited.

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Park n’ Play | Northern Harbor, Denmark | Active City Transformation


The parking facility PARK N’ PLAY is ACTs ambitious competition proposal that seeks to reinvent the parking house typology. The project that was developed in January 2014 amplifies the urban qualities and activities by prolonging the range of these up through the elevations and on to the roof. With a breathing and adaptable façade system the four facades are designed specifically for their four very different urban relations. Through an adaptable façade system of steel frames and stretch metal sheets a green strategy is incorporated to give shelter from sun and rain and yet offer an added value to the interior of the building complex.


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Békás-tó park | Debrecen, Hungary | Gardenworks


The park of Békás-tó is situated in the middle of Nagyerdő, parkforest of the city of Debrecen (the center of the north-east Hungarian region). Nearly 20 hectares of neglected forest were turned into a vivid, popular public park, which is able to act like a representative “green core” of the city and a place for citizens, tourists and nature-lovers to relax, interact with each other at the same time.


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The Sky themed 2015 Triumph Pavilion | London, UK | Nonscale

The Triumph Pavilion at the Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green, London, next to the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum of Childhood coincides with the London Festival of
Architecture, is one of the main annual highlights of Pavilions in the capital during summer.

Nonscale, a Tokyo based Japanese practice were selected to design this year’s Pavilion with their unique proposal and contemporary interpretation of this year’s Triumph Pavilion theme of “Sky”. The theme posed an exciting prospect and one that aimed to inspire architects and designers to explore the 5th facade of most architectural building design projects.

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ASLA Announces 2015 Honors


Klyde Warren Park by The Office of James Burnett winner of 2015 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced its 2015 honors recipients. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. The honors will be presented at the president’s dinner on November 9 at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO.

Honors included:

ASLA Medal | M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA,
M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect.

ASLA Design Medal | Thomas Balsley, FASLA
Thomas Balsley, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Design Medal in recognition of his exceptional design work.

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Battersea Power Station Public Park is unveiled

Battersea Power Station Development Company recently unveiled the latest images showing the redevelopment’s new public park, designed by LDA Design. The six acre park shows the shareholder’s commitment to the public realm and will deliver a new public park for London.

The new public park, which secured detailed planning consent earlier this year, is due to open in phases from 2017. This new green space the size of nearly three and a half full sized football pitches will play a key role in the over-arching place-making strategy and will connect the Power Station, Circus West and Phase 6 to the River Thames, with a riverside promenade. The park will feature large event lawns, terraced river gardens and form a highly flexible, multi-programmable space for use throughout the year.

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