Bill Taylor ideas for Boston City Hall Plaza [VIDEO]

Landscape architect Bill Taylor from Carol R. Johnson Associates Inc. gives his big ideas for City Hall Plaza to the Boston Herald. Reported on the day that Boston Redevelopment Authority is hosting a Greening Government Center symposium with panelists from Alex Krieger, Principal, Chan Krieger NBBJ; Janet Marie Smith, Vice President of Planning Development, Baltimore Orioles; Bob Fox, Partner, Cook+Fox Architects; Chris Reed, Principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism; Matthias Rudolph, Assisting Director, Transsolar, Inc;

ARC Wildlife Crossing Design Competition Designs revealed

The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition unveiled its five finalist designs for a next generation wildlife crossing at West Vail Pass. The first-ever international design competition is intended to solve the problem of ensuring safe travel for humans and wildlife. Collisions between vehicles and wildlife have increased by 50 percent in the past 15 years threatening human and wildlife safety, and costing Americans $8 billion dollars annually.

The  ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition has selected five finalist teams to progress to Phase 2 of the competition, commencing September 7th, 2010. The finalist teams were chosen from 36 team submissions from nine countries, representing over 100 firms worldwide. The five teams in contention include more than a dozen firms in four countries.

The five finalist teams are:

ARC Vail - Balmori

Balmori Associates (New York)

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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.

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