15 more Registered Landscape Architects in the Philippines

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Monday announced that 15 out of 25 examinees passed the Landscape Architect  Licensure Examination given by the Board of Landscape Architecture in Manila this March 2010.

Congratulations to the following people for passing and becoming registered landscape architects and hope you celebrate after the oath taking ceremony.

ALBAO, KARLA CHRISTINE DE LOS SANTOS; BALLESTEROS, NIÑA CECILIA VILLANUEVA; DOMINGO, DHENE IAN FRANCISCO; DUMALIGAN, FAITH TUGUINAY; ESPIRITU, MICHAEL JOHN VARIAS; FAVILA, DAWNE PEDRERA; FLORES, MA LORENA PATRICIA MENDOZA; LIGSAY, LIA YADINE NAVARRO; PANINGBATAN, PAMELA CASTILLO; RAMOSA, SHERWIN OBOS; SABIDO, BRIAN ALAN LOZANO; SANTOS, ARGIE RITZ CLEMENTE; SERASPI, KENNETH RUIZ; TAÑEDO, APRIL MARIE MOLINYAWE; YAMBAO, FREDERICK INTAL.

[SOURCE: Manila Bulletin Publication Corporation]

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GroupGSA expands into Landscape Architecture with John Holland merger

GroupGSA, a multi-discipline practice in Sydney, Australia with projects in Australia, Asia Pacific and the USA has expanded its services with the merger of GroupGSA and John Holland. John Holland Landscape Architects will now be apart of Group GSA and John Holland (Registered Landscape Architect) will now lead the Landscape Architecture section as Principal with his experience in open space planning, urban design, residential planning and infrastructure projects throughout the UK, Australia and Asia.

[SOURCE: BPN]

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IN BRIEF LINKS: 17 March

IN BRIEF LINKS : Interesting articles that relate to the built environment

Our rural landscape is a fiction – The Guardian

Jonathan Meades writes “Landscape is created by humans and the English have transformed theirs over the last half-century. Despite the spread of roads, industrial estates, science parks and housing estates of an architecture almost as execrable as France’s, the English landscape is increasingly infected with the artificial perfection of Georgian parkland whose purpose was to delight the eye: cows and sheep were theatrical props.” Read more….

From the Ground Up – Metropolis Magazine

Marc Kristal looks at “An award-winning planning study for Lower Manhattan may act as a model for future development…….. The 41-acre area, named Greenwich South by the Alliance for Downtown New York, the business-improvement organization that dreamed up the project, has the kind of pros and cons that can be found in any major city. Read more…..

MIT to build wind turbine on its campus – boston.com

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will erect a wind turbine on its campus by the end of the summer after the City of Cambridge approved the project Tuesday. Read more…..

Cityscape impact fee on outdoors ads – Focus Taiwan

“The Taipei City government approved Tuesday a draft law on cityscape management that would charge large, outdoor advertising billboards an installation permit fee and an annual “cityscape impact fee” equal to 2 percent of their operating costs.” Read more…..

How to make urban alleys work – Crosscut.com

Mark Hinshaw writes “Urban alleys in Seattle may soon be making a comeback, thanks to a recent design competition that highlighted how safe, active, and delightful they could be with the right design talent, programming. and management.” Read more…..


NBBJ and Chan Krieger Sieniewicz to merge

NBBJ, a global architecture and design firm, and Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, internationally-known for urban design and architecture excellence, announced today a merger of the two firms that will create an integrated team of over 700 architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and interior designers.

The Chan Krieger Sieniewicz team, including its five principals, will continue in their current roles. As part of the transition to the NBBJ name, the Cambridge office will operate as Chan Krieger NBBJ.

The merger gives NBBJ, which already operates a project office in Boston, a larger presence in New England. The Seattle-based firm has offices in several U.S. cities, including Columbus, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Overseas offices include London, Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai.

SOURCE: NBBJ.com

Underpass Park unveiled

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A derelict area beneath a series of overpasses in the West Don Lands is going to be transformed into the most extensive park to ever be built under an overpass in Canada, and the first in Toronto.

Located within the West Don Lands – home to the 2015 Pan American Games Athletes’ Village – Underpass Park will cover a total of 1.05 hectares (2.5 acres) under and around the Eastern Avenue and Richmond/Adelaide overpasses, between Cherry Street and Bayview Avenue.

Designed by renowned landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg in association with The Planning Partnership, Underpass Park embodies design excellence and is the epitome of innovative urban park design.  The design creates a socially-engaging park for community members of all ages and abilities by incorporating public art, recreational space, playful climbing structures and play areas, flexible community space, community gardens, and public gathering places.

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[IMAGE SOURCE: Waterfront Toronto]

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