The New Australian Gardens at the National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia and its surrounding sculpture garden were completed in 1982 and are located in the arts and civic campus of Australia’s National Capital, Canberra. Designed by Edwards Madigan Torzillo and Briggs in the late 20th century ‘brutalist’ architectural style, the Gallery building is characterised by angular masses and raw concrete surfaces. The gallery is surrounded by a seminal Sculpture Garden planted with Australian native plants designed by the landscape architectural office of Harry Howard and Associates. Both are protected by extensive Conservation Management Plans that recognise the heritage significance of the precinct.

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Studio UAP maps Rome’s community-run green areas

Studio UAP [Silvia Cioli + Luca D'Eusebio + Andrea Mangoni] has mapped through the magic of Google Maps about 50 community-run green areas: little urban gardens, play yards, edible gardens and areas for walking, resting, or simply talking. Citizens and associations acting together to reclaim the abandoned areas in Rome.

More than 100 sites together with the 65 spontaneous gardens registered by the Rome municipality.
Urban farms too and other interesting experiences such as Partecipation Houses, “Punti Verdi Qualità” and green areas maintained by established associations.

The project is a called  “ZAPPATA ROMANA”: COMMUNITY-RUN GREEN AREAS and viewable on web based Google Maps.

Women in the Dirt: 7 award winning landscape architects

Women in the Dirt Trailer 1 from Wind Media Productions on Vimeo.

Women in the Dirt highlights the work of seven award-winning women who have made their mark in the field: Mia Lerher, Andrea Cochran, Cheryl Barton, Isabelle Greene, Katherine Spitz, Pamela Palmer, and Lauren Melendrez. Though each has a unique body of work, their concerns overlap in the realm of sustainability and enduring design. Their projects mingle awareness of architectural and landscape principles, concern with sustainability and safety, sensitivity to beauty and functionality. The scope of their work ranges from private homes to vast public projects.

Through conversations with the architects in their offices or outdoors in the stunning spaces they’ve designed, the film explores each woman’s personal aesthetics and approach to their discipline. Women in the Dirt shows how these “masters of the obvious” create the sublime.

Director Carolann Stoney conceived of the idea for this documentary while she herself was studying landscape architecture.

Regularly check the Women in the Dirt website for Screenings coming to somewhere new you soon –

See all 3 trailers at vimeo

Land News 4 Dec 2010 NU, Middle East, Video, Review, Talk

L.A. Live, Pinnacle of Modern Design, or Bad Urbanism? [LA Streets Blog]

Beyond Oil: Building A Sustainable Middle East [PSFK]

You Call This New Urbanism? [City Watch]

Work begins on £27m Birmingham urban village [InsiderMedia]

Cleveland designers brainstorm downtown ideas on Mall, lakefront and riverfront for Group Plan Commission [Cleveland.com]

China’s New National Plan: Green by Necessity [Sustainable Cities Collective]

Northeastern University’s School of Architecture Unveils Urban Landscape Program [Bostondf.com]

A Time Capsule of Black History, Rediscovered and Preserved in New York [Fastcodesign.com]

INTERVIEW: The Future of Design: Blue Is the New Green Fastcodesign.com interview with Paul Eagle, managing director of Perkins+Will, New York; and Janice Barnes, principal and global discipline leader for planning and strategies.

NEW BLOG: DenverUrbanism.com

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT PAYSCALE (USA): Salary Snapshot for Landscape Architect Jobs

BOOK REVIEW:Review by Philip Langdon of New Urban Network – Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change

EVENT: Freshkills Park Talk by Dr. Robin Nagle.  Titled “The Twist-Tie that Binds: Garbage, New York City and You,” the lecture will recount how the City’s garbage connects New Yorkers to one another as well as to history, politics, infrastructure, and technology.  December 8th, 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the NYU Philosophy Building

VIDEOS: BLUEPRINTS FOR THE MIDDLE EAST: NYtimes interviews I.M. PEI, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry about their design for Musuems in the Middle East

One Town, Two Parks, Two different approaches – Martha Schwartz & Phil Heaton

This video is extracts from the Channel 4 series ‘Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan’ shows the two different approaches from Martha Schwartz and Phil Heaton in the regeneration of former mining town Castleford in Yorkshire, filmed for a 4-part series screened in 2008.

The footage shows the process and a follow up two years after the projects where constructed. The final result is an interesting look at urban regeneration in the UK.

Phil Heaton on TV from phil heaton on Vimeo.

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