Gustafson Porter wins CityLife Park International Design Competition

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Leading international landscape architects Gustafson Porter (London) have won the competition to design the Milan CityLife Park with their concept CityLife ‒ A Park between the Mountains and the Plain. The Mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti, announced the winning design of the international competition to create a public park in the centre of Milan. Gustafson Porter’s concept builds on Milan’s commanding position between the rich agricultural plains of the Po to the south and the routes across the Alps to the rest of Europe to the north – resulting in its role as a major European trading centre throughout history.

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LSU & Harvard top America’s Best Schools Survey

It’s that time of year when Design Intelligence publishes it’s design school rankings survey. The  2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey ranks  undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners in the professions of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design. America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools by Design Intelligence is conducted on behalf of the Design Futures Council.  This 12th annual survey was conducted in mid-2010.

The Top 5 Design Schools for Landscape Architecture:

Undergraduate
1. Louisiana State University
2. Texas A&M University
3=. Purdue University
3=. University of Georgia
3=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

Graduate
1. Harvard University
2. Louisiana State University
3. Texas A&M University
4=. Cornell University
4=. University of Pennsylvania
4=. University of Virginia
4=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

Summary
For undergraduate programs Texas A&M University was the biggest mover this year up from 7th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. As for graduate study once again Texas A&M University has moved  up the rankings from 8th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. Also Cornell University went from 9th to equal 4th. Harvard has once again topped the graduate rankings for 2011; a ranking it has held since 2005.

Landscape Professionals were also surveyed on university programs based upon graduate skills which ranks Communication, Design, Computer Applications and Sustainable Design Principles & Practices. Also included in the  survey are the  results from a Deans Survey and the Pass Rates of LARE by Section.

The 2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools is available from Design Intelligence in printed and pdf format for $39.95USD

For more information about the survey and research process

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Interview: Topotek 1 by VernissageTV

VernissageTV met with the Topotek 1 principals Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler. Martin Rein-Cano in this excerpt from a longer interview gives a great synopsis of Topotek 1’s approach and the tradition of landscape architecture as an art tradition.

Topotek 1 are not the typical landscape architects. Topotek 1′s mission is to expand the possibilities of landscape architecture. On the occasion of the inauguration of their latest projects and their work on the competition for the redesign of the Flughafen Tempelhof site. In this interview at the offices of Topotek 1 in Berlin, Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler talk about the beginnings of their career, how they met, their specific approach to lanscape architecture, their inspiration, how they select and develop projects, the stages of the design process in general, and their project Theresienhöhe railway cover in Munich, which they developed together with the German artist Rosemarie Trockel.

The complete interview in two parts (25 min.) is available at Vernissage TV. See also VernissageTV’s coverage of the inauguration of the Heerenschuerli Sports Facility they designed in Zürich / Switzerland.

VIDEO CREDIT: Heinrich Schmidt Founder of VernissageTV Topotek 1: Studio Visit. Interview with Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler. Berlin / Germany, October 8, 2010.

Finalists announced for San Francisco Veteran Memorial

The finalists to design the San Francisco Veteran Memorial were announced yesterday at an event at Memorial Court. The memorial was planned in the 1920’s but was never installed in 1936 when the Memorial Court between the War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building was completed.

Hundreds of artists from across the USA answered the call to design a memorial last summer. The list was narrowed down to three artist teams and according to the Daily Journal the finalists are:
  • Lee Norman is teaming up with Scott Slaney and Ricardo Supiciche of SWA Group.
  • Larry Kirkland and J. Douglass Macy. Kirkland who have collaborated in the past.
  • Susan Narduli with landscape architect Andrea Cochran

The three design team finalists will submit their proposal to the Veterans Memorial Committee in spring of 2011 with the final artist to be announced in May 2011. With the formal dedication in November 2013.

SOURCE: Daily Journal

OLIN selected to lead redesign of the Met’s Fifth Avenue Outdoor Plaza

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced yesterday that it had selected OLIN to lead a comprehensive, multi-year effort to redesign and rebuild the four-block-long outdoor plaza that fronts its landmark Fifth Avenue façade. The project will feature as one of its centerpiece elements the design and installation of all-new fountains outside the museum building.

The selection of OLIN comes after a search process that involved a review of more than 30 leading landscape and building architects from around the world. The international search was conducted by a special committee of the Museum’s Board of Trustees chaired by Daniel Brodsky, who is also Vice Chairman of the Trustee Buildings Committee.

OLIN will lead a comprehensive project to re-conceive the entire plaza space, including its fountains and accompanying plantings, all of which were installed in their present form four decades ago in 1970. The uses of the plaza have changed over the years—vehicles, for example, are no longer allowed to drive around the fountains—suggesting the need for a new design program. The existing fountains, long dormant, were recently rehabilitated and currently function, but the repairs did not address long-term issues and are only temporary.

The project will require considerable advance planning, design work, and formal approvals from community and citywide agencies. At this early stage in the design process, the Museum has not yet developed a construction schedule but, pending all approvals, hopes that construction will take around two years and be completed by 2015.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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