“The Landscape Loop”, Åndalsnes – JAJA

The Landscape Loop - HarborPark
JAJA Architects recently shared first prize for ideas competition for the development of Åndalsnes in Norway. “The Landscape Loop” is a project that emphasizes, improves and connects the inherent qualities of Aandalsnes to one unified entity. It is a project that gathers the city’s development within a belt that wraps around the town core – creating a series of “blue” and “green” urban spaces while establishing natural connections between city and landscape.

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University Square – Ben-Gurion University

University Square - Ben-Gurion University

The square is located in the western part of the Ben-Gurion University campus in the city of Beer-Sheva, Israel. The existing buildings encompassing the square (the Faculty of Art, social activities and the Administration building)  and the art gallery to be built there in the future are all designed to offer services and to constitute links connecting with the community on subjects related to art and social contexts.

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Israel Road No.6 2004-2010 by Asnat Austerlitz [Video]

Asnat Austerlitz recently posted a video titled “Landscape Architecture”

Landscape Architecture from Asnat Austerlitz on Vimeo.

Landscape Architecture is a video that observe a short section on road no’ 6 in Israel. In this part of the road the separation wall is touching the highway. I filmed this part of the road a short time after it was open in 2004 and revisit it in 2010 when the planted trees covered it up. This video investigates the use of landscape architecture to hide, cover and blind our conscious.

Asnat Austerlitz 2010

Landscape Architects – Welcome to 2011 – its time to lead the discussion

Welcome to 2011. All landscape architects this year need to start leading the discussions. We have lagged for too long on the sidelines being creative and idealistic watching other professions take the lead on numerous areas of design – sustainable design, urban design, water, low-carbon cities, eco-cities, food security, green architecture (vertical & horizontal) and many others. You name it if its your passion its time to start leading the discussion offline and offline whether its conferences, websites, newspapers, blogs, facebook, or twitter. Stop waiting for governments and your professional organisations to do start the conversation; they don’t have the time or people to talk about the issues we deal with on a daily basis and the solutions needed.

Landscape Architects have the skills, experience and ideas to push landscape architecture and design to new frontiers and into public awareness. So please start a blog, email newsletter, facebook group, twitter account. Don’t have time for this? well you can start by commenting on other blogs or facebook groups, or email a collegue in another design field telling them what you’ve been doing. Most importantly get involved and start the discussion about the ideas and solutions you’ve been creating in your school, office, firm, studio. The world’s waiting to hear from you.

DAMIAN HOLMES – LAND Reader Founder

Email: damian@landreader.com

inFORM studio & Buro Happold win Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition

©PVD planning ©inform studio/Buro Happold

Providence Department of Planning and Development has announced that inFORM studio and Buro Happold have won the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition.

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