I just read the article Grounds for creativity at PostStar.com that talks about the role of a landscape architect and raises some good points about landscape architects and our scope of work however there was one statement that confounded me.
As a rule, landscape architects, who require a different license than a traditional architect, design from five feet outside of the building and beyond.
I don’t know where this came, maybe its a state law definition somewhere? However, I think that it is often a misconception that landscape architects deal with just the outside and beyond the apron of the building. We often work inside the ‘five feet and beyond’ – the entry, the walls (green), roofs, indoor atriums. However this is not the point, I often worry that the line between architect, landscape architect and other disciplines is too defined and limits the creativity of all disciplines. In my experience the best projects and designs are those that are designed as a collaboration between disciplines where a team comes together to formulate a design. Designs should be a collaboration between disciplines not sole disciplines designing ‘our scope/part’.
Landscape architects (and all disciplines) are essential to good design whether it’s a building, urban park, rooftop, or a city. Landscape architecture is the whole landscape not just the 5 feet and beyond.
A new ordinance has been signed into law to encourage green roofs in Quezon City in the Philippines. The law states that 30% of the roof area of a building should be green. As an incentive no property tax will be assessed or levied against the value of the floor area that is dedicated to green.
David Lepeska has written an interesting article in The Guardian reviewing how cities will be sustainable in the future and that energy efficient cities is the key to the future of saving the planet from us. He also cited
Dorothee Imbert, associate professor in landscape architecture at Harvard, pointed to urban farming, a trend that has taken root in Detroit, New York, Milwaukee and a handful of international cities. Imbert mentioned her own student-assisted organic farms in Boston, yet acknowledged that adequate food supplies for future cities “would require rethinking of landscape in the building process”.
A new park that has yet to be named runs north from Fort York Boulevard and sits about halfway between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst streets. “The …8-acre park is the result of five years of planning and construction and was built at a cost of about $8 million,” says Terry Hui, president and CEO of Concord Adex Inc., creator of Concord CityPlace.
Participating in the sneak preview of the new park were Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Douglas Coupland, the Vancouver writer and artist, whose vision inspired the design of the park and Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox, for whom the park’s running/jogging track is named.
Concord CityPlace will hold a competition to choose the best name for the new park, says Mr. Hui. The judging panel will include a range of household names from the arts, music, the stage and television.
The central theme of the new park, as envisioned by Mr. Coupland, is a celebration of Canada and especially of Toronto’s two centuries of history. It seems to seamlessly connect the roots of Toronto as represented by nearby Fort York and the shoreline where then Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe founded the city with the inspiring towers of the central business core to the east.
Corporate art consultant Karen Mills was responsible for suggesting and selecting the public art and for the overall coordination of the project and Vancouver landscape architect Greg Smallenberg of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg handled the physical landscape design.
BMW Designworks USA are usually associated with luxury cars and other car designs such as the MINI have joined with Landscape Forms to design and manufacture site furniture for outdoor spaces. This first collaboration creates a range of essential furnishing elements for urban transit cores. The global collection which will be sold under the name Metro40 is the most complete collection on the market and includes furniture, shelters, lighting, and amenities, and has been developed for use by city planners and architects to help global urban centers elevate the livability, quality of experience, design appeal and overall image of their public transit systems.
“Bringing great design to public, seemingly anonymous spaces such as transit shelters promotes a very positive, personal impact on people’s moods and daily quality of life,” says Verena Kloos, President, BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “Urban gentrification projects such as the new High Line park in Lower
Manhattan demonstrate the importance and value of making cities more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing for their citizens, and the exploration of this dynamic made the Metro40 project with Landscape Forms particularly compelling for DesignworksUSA,” she concludes. Continue reading BMW & Landscape Forms partner for site furniture