Parking Day 2010

Parking Day occurred last Friday with participation from variety of groups, schools, companies and groups across the world. Landscape architecture firms and schools did their part to try and make a difference in their cities. We thought it would be good to summarise some of the activities so you can get ready for 2011 Parking Day. Some where green with plants and others where green by using recycled materials.

Studio Architecture and SWA Group – San Francisco

Baltimore Brew – Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, created a parking site on Franklin Street

ABC News – 10 SUNY ESF spots across Syracuse

The Newshouse – SUNY-ESF landscape architecture students join more than 20 other Syracuse residents in the PARK(ing) Day initiative.

Cornell Daily Sun – Landscape Architecture Students Educate Public About Urban Green Spaces

East Valley Tribune – Arizona State University created miniature parks in the metered parking spaces that line downtown Tempe’s main drag.
University of Minnesota – Landscape Architecture students participate in PARK(ing) Day

If you have any links or videos of Parking Day by landscape architecture firms, schools, or groups email damian@worldlandscapearchitect.com

Calls for 2011 Landscape Conference Papers & Award Nominations

Recently there have been calls for papers for 2011 events and awards below is a summary.

Call for Nominations for 2011 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
This award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.
Winners include Peter Walker and Prof. Bernard Lassus.
Nominations should be submitted by 10 November 2010.
For further details on how to nominate go to IFLA Online

Calls for Papers for IFLA 2011 World Congress
Scales of  Nature – Zurich, Switzerland 27-29 June 2011
A call for paper abstracts has been issued for papers that address the congress theme and topics. More information can be found at IFLA 2011 Registration for the Congress has also opened with limited number of attendees – they currently have an early bird offer of 488 Swiss Francs (CHF) ($485USD) – you can register at IFLA 2011.

Call for Papers for AILA 2011 National Conference
Transform – Brisbane Australia  11-13 August 2011
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference which is held every two years is being held in Brisbane in August 2011 with the conference theme of Tranform and is currently calling for papers that relate to the conference theme and session topics. Abstracts are due on 1 November 2010. For further details to the AILA 2011 National Conference Call for Papers

Walter Hood: Fast Company ‘Masters of Design 2010′

Walter Hood has been featured in Fast Company’s ‘Masters of Design 2010′.  A special issue relating to design – Walter Hood was featured as the ‘daring Californian landscape architect, is transforming dreary public places into pillars of  the community’. The feature also includes Bjarke Ingles (BIG) and Patricia Urquiola.

The feature is an interesting profile of Hood and his education and career so far with quotes from luminaries such as Charles Waldheim, chair of Harvard’s department of landscape architecture. “He was finding value and producing meaning in places that seemingly had none.” and also from Hood himself

Hood is more direct, and his explanation of what he is doing summarizes his life’s work well. “People were asking me the other day, ‘So when is the Green Print gonna start being implemented?’ ” he says, flashing a grin. “The beauty of this project is it’s already there. We just have to dust off the bookshelf and put the stuff back.”

Read more at the [SOURCE: Fast Company - Masters of Design 2010 - Walter Hood 'This Land is your land']

Vail Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition finalists announced

Recently the finalists for the ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition were selected to continue into Phase 2 of the competition to develop conceptual designs and 3-D models for a wildlife overpass at West Vail Pass along Interstate Highway 70 near Vail, Colorado. The designs are intended to usher in a new generation of wildlife crossing infrastructure using new methods, new materials, and new thinking to reduce structural costs and increase adaptability and ecological function. The five finalist teams are:

  • Balmori Associates (New York) with StudioMDA, Knippers Helbig Inc., David Skelly, CITA, Bluegreen, John A. Martin & Associates, and David Langdon.
  • The Olin Studio (Philadelphia) with Explorations Architecture (Paris), Buro Haphold (London) and Applied Ecological Services.
  • Janet Rosenberg & Associates (Toronto) with Blackwell Bowick Partnership, Dougan & Associates, and Ecokare International.
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates with HNTB Engineering with Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
  • Zwarts & Jantsma Architects (Amsterdam) with OKRA Landscape Architects, IV-infra and Planecologie

SOURCE: [ARC Competition]

Parklandschaft Tempelhof shortlist

Spiegel recently reported that Berlin city officials announced the shortlist for Parklandschaft Tempelhof – the historic airport site that will be transformed into a new city park and also the site for hosting the 2017 IGA.

The competition has 6 finalists who will share the €100,000 prize and will negotiate with the government for next stages of design. The finalists teams include

  • BASE, Paris
  • bbzl böhm benfer zahiri landschaften städtebau, Berlin
  • Capatti Staubach, Berlin
  • GROSS.MAX, Edinburgh
  • Rehwaldt Architekten Landschaft, Dresden
  • Topotek 1, Berlin

BASE, Paris

Base Paris

Base Paris

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