IALE: Future Landscape Ecology

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The International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK) held its annual conference at the University of Brighton, 14-16 September. This year’s focus was ‘Future Landscape Ecology’ with sessions on Species responses to landscapes; assessing vulnerability and resilience; future scenarios; problem-solving; workshop sessions; landscape-scale adaptation and management.

Richard Smithers,  ialeUK chair stated

The challenge for future landscape ecology is to help create a new narrative for conserving the natural environment, establishing it as the basis for all useful function.

If future landscape ecology can help provide governments with better information on ecosystem services, then common tragedy might be averted through imposing solutions.

The 2011 conference will be held on 5-8 September(provisional dates) at University of Wolverhampton.

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SOURCE: International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK)

IMAGE SOURCE: International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK)

SLA: Process Urbanism – The City as Artificial Ecosystem

SLA has developed a landscape inspired planning method called processs urbanism. SLA does not regard nature and the city as opposites. The city is part of nature’s ecosystem and vice versa. There has to be a balance and a direct synergy effect between the many dynamic elements. Knowledge about wind, water, light, energy, circulation, politics, health, urban life, density, sustainability etc. is collected to create one urban ecosystem, filled with poetry and surprises.

The movie about process urbanism is an process itself, and will be subject to editions during 2010 and 2011. Currently the movie is shown at the Man Made Environment exhibition(23.09.–21.11), that will be shown in the Nordic countries during 2010-12, and on the website processurbanism.com.

SLA is a Copenhagen office of architects working with innovative landscape and urban space planning in Denmark and abroad. Among the office’s best known projects are the new urban spaces in Frederiksberg, the elephant landscape at the Copenhagen Zoo and the regeneration of Sønder Boulevard in Copenhagen. The office has ongoing projects on the waterfront in Oslo and at Kalvebod Brygge, as well as at several other locations.

SOURCE: Youtube CREDIT: SLA

ADEPT and LiWplanning win The Danish Landscape Award

Måløv Axis ADEPT

ADEPT and LiWplanning recently were awarded The Danish Landscape Award 2010 for the project ”Måløv Axis”, developed in collaboration with Imitio and Søren Jensen Engineering.

The purpose of the award is to bring landscape architecture in both urban and rural areas into focus. In addition, the award is an opportunity to honour individuals who with their extraordinary landscape architectural work contribute to the development of the profession.

Green Room opens in Rotterdam

The “Green Room” is designed by Casanova+Hernandez as part of a series of temporary interventions in the public space of several European cities named “Domestic Monuments”.

The “Green Room” experiments with the role of hybrid interventions (mix of landscape+architecture+sculpture) to activate the urban life of our city centres.

The intervention transforms an anonymous area of the public space of the city into an open room for the citizens that works as a green island characterized by its domestic character and strong identity.
Green Room Diagram - (c)Casanova+Hernandez
Green Room Rotterdam - (c)Casanova+Hernandez
Green Room Rotterdam - (c)Casanova+Hernandez
Green Room Rotterdam - (c)Casanova+Hernandez

IMAGE SOURCE & CREDIT:  Casanova+Hernandez

James Corner Field Operations selected for Seattle Waterfront

James Corner Field Operations has been selected by the Seattle Parks, DPD and SDOT, who went through a highly rigorous process to identify the winning firm.  The project attracted international attention with 30 firms submitting their qualifications for the work and the selection involved careful review of qualifications, extensive interviews with four short-listed teams and a public presentation to a group of 1,300 interested members of the public.

The four shortlisted finalists for the project included

  • Wallace Roberts and Todd
  • james corner field operations
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates
  • Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

James Corner Field Operations were selected for its innovative thinking, context based design and effective public engagement, and will prove a valuable asset to the City in the hundred-year decision of designing a new waterfront.

The process is expected to take 8 years with conceptual design with the team and city planning many public forums leading to a conceptual design in 2012, followed by a final design in 2015 and construction by 2018.

The 2 hours of presentations from the final four finalists and their PPT files are available at SDOT

SOURCE: SDOT

News tip thanks to @svrdesign via twitter

For the full list of James Corner Field Operations team members

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