Today we launch – LAND Reader – a new website that will provide the latest news, books, products, events and other information updates from across the web. LAND Reader will give updates from local to international built environment news to summaries of interesting topics. LAND Reader will be your weekly read for news about landscape architecture.
Why create another website when we have World Landscape Architect? World Landscape Architect has evolved from a blog, posting news articles; to a news website giving the latest design projects in rich images. As we read a vast amount of news daily from across the web and we sort to provide this information via twitter. However, we felt World Landscape Architect readers where missing out so we felt a new web space was needed and the reason for launching LAND Reader . World Landscape Architect is going to change over the coming months and will be moving to new home in 2011.
LAND Reader will be predominately text based so that people from across the world with varying access to the web (dial-up, broadband, mobile) will be able to be informed about landscape architecture. LAND Reader will also look at interesting topics and give a summary of resources so that readers can stay informed and today with the launch of the new site we give our first sample of a topic post with Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism.
If you have any tips or news that readers of LAND Reader would be interested in email firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently the Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park in New York opened to the public. The new $120 million park is a one mile long section that includes 10 acres of upland open space, seven acres of recreation space on two piers and 90 acres of interpier, safe water boating. Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects designed a park that reconnects urban residents with their shoreline, mighty river, the horizon, sunsets, seasonal change and reemerging habitats. By boat, bike or on foot, New Yorkers have a new mile of recreational and educational splendor to enjoy.
The program was developed in close collaboration with the client and local community. The client requested that each segment include neighborhood recreational facilities such as playgrounds, dog runs, sports fields, lawns and sitting areas as well as a continuous esplanade that links the 5.5 mile-long Hudson River Park. The first design challenge was to balance programmatic requirements with spatial constraints: the upland area is only 80 feet wide and abuts a major roadway. The second design challenge was to infuse the park with a sustainable ecology and cultural framework that will evolve over the next century.
The design intent seeks to marry park-wide elements with a place-based identity such that visitors will recognize that they are in a cohesive yet distinctive part of Hudson River Park. Unique program and design features of this segment include overlooks at each former pier location, a sweeping, elevated Nature Walk that meanders through indigenous plantings, and a serpentine edge where the upland meets the esplanade.
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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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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:
1. Louisiana State University
2. Texas A&M University
3=. Purdue University
3=. University of Georgia
3=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.
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.
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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