Foothill College | Los Altos California | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects

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Foothill College serves as an influential example of the integration of Landscape Architecture and Architecture in post World War II modernism and was immediately bestowed many top awards upon completion.  One of the first junior colleges built after World War, and originally designed by architect Ernest Kump and landscape architect Peter Walker, the campus master plan was structured around the idea of an “acropolis”, with the campus located at the top of the hill.  Vehicles were relegated to the edges of the campus, and the pedestrian oriented campus core was dignified and tranquil.  A rolling campus green, large central grove and intimate academic courts that were an extension of the classroom pavilions created a successful hierarchy of landscape spaces and employed a distinct design language whose structural clarity remains today.  Withstanding the test of time the project was awarded the ASLA National Classic Award in 1993.

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Stadswater | Rotterdam Netherlands | OKRA

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For a long time the historic canals in the urban landscape of Rotterdam were forgotten. Today water plays the prominent role, that once it had within the city and can be discovered by visitors once again. The transformation of Stadwater is in fact a reversion of the relationship between the city and its urban canals. Since medieval times the urban water was not orientated towards the water, resulting in back-sides of the buildings along the water and anonymous public realm along the water, such as parking spaces and delivery roads. The canal route was fragmented, all having their own name: Stokviswater, Haagse Veer, Delftse Vaart, Zijl, Steigersgracht, en de Leuvekolk.

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2013 in Review | December

Döderhultsviken | Oskarshamn Sweden | Mandaworks, Adept, Hosper Sweden and WSP
After years of changes in the port industry , demands for larger areas and harbor depth has moved much of harbor industry out of the inner harbor and onto new quays further from the city center. With the goal of developing new visions for their inner harbor, Oskarshamn municipality invited 3 teams to develop proposals for city’s inner harbor.

Tempelhof Parklands Proposal | Berlin Germany | McGregor Coxall
The design intent was to deliver a project that would not only address the briefs need for a long-term vision, limited budget and flexibility but also provide an icon for Berlin, both for those arriving by the air and those on the ground. The design solution engaged with the sites historic terminal, a heritage building that was designed in the Nazi era by Ernst Sagebiel.
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Biomimicry Discovery Park | Newtown Landscape Architects
Landscape architecture is increasingly being recognised as a broad cultural, ecological, and artistic practice. Our approach is a ‘far cry from the old-fashioned idea that design is whimsical and subjective, that planning is objective and fixed’. It illustrates ‘that [landscape architecture] is a vastly expanded field of practice, demonstrating skill and expertise in understanding the context with which the development processes is to take place in order to shape the environment.

2013 in Review | November

Projecto de Requalificação das Arribas | Foz do Arelho Portugal | Nádia Schilling
Cliffs and dunes have a enormous ecological sensitivity and are subjected to a natural erosion caused by the sea and wind. Over the years, it has been observed that erosion was largely accelerated by the misuse of these areas. The access to vehicles, the devastation of its autochthonous vegetation, among other factors, led to its gradual destruction and created dangerous conditions that risked the visitor’s safety.

Billie Holiday Park | The Hague Netherlands | Carve
Carve designed an organically shaped playhill with three ‘heads’, which curls around an existing tree like a stretched piece of elastic. Because of this addition the surroundings are redefined, focused on its neighbouring functions like the residential care complex and the houses.

Ecosong Park | Shanghai China | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects
To improve ecological function onsite, Meyer + Silberberg’s proposal will add an additional 1,000 acres of forest, agroforestry and orchards to connect and diversify the existing tree plantations, creating a continuous network of forest habitat across the site and positioned to extend into Songjiang and adjacent developments.

2013 in Review | October

Urban Food Jungle | AECOM
The Urban Food Jungle is a conceptual design that responds to diminishing food security and the inefficiencies of classic urban farming models by interconnecting sustainable food production, entertainment, and culinary delight.

Box Hill Gardens Multi Purpose Area | Box Hill Australia | ASPECT Studios
A key feature of the space is the recycling of the former tennis court club building. Part of the clubhouse has been retained and reused as seating platforms overlooking the playing surfaces. A new toilet block sits behind the rebound-wall providing amenity to all park users.

STUDENT Project | Future Hopley: Hutano, Mvura, Miti | Leonardo Robleto Costante
The project introduces the concept of Informal Landscape Armatures as a design method that provides dwellers with those that they cannot achieve on their own.

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