International Design Competition for Park – Madrid Spain

The competition | Concurso Internacional Parque de Valdebebas

The aim of the competition is to secure the services of a multidisciplinary team that will plan and design a new urban park of approximately 80 hectares in Parque de Valdebebas. The design should resolve the transition between the urban area currently being developed and the adjacent forest park. Of utmost importance will be the proposed uses and their suitability for the scale and location of the park. To this end the winning design will need to make the most of the planning, landscape, environmental and social opportunities offered by the site.

More information go to the competition website

SOURCE: The competition | Concurso Internacional Parque de Valdebebas via AILA

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Sausalito Team Wins Haagen-Dazs-UC Davis Honey Bee Haven Design Competition


The Sausalito-based Sibbett Group created a series of interconnected gardens with such names as “Honeycomb Hideout,” “Nectar Nook” and “Pollinator Patch” to win the international bee-friendly garden design competition, a gift to the University of California, Davis, from the Haagen-Dazs(R) brand. The design, the work of landscape architects Donald Sibbett and Ann F. Baker, interpretative planner Jessica Brainard and exhibit designer Chika Kurotaki, will be brought to life this summer on a half-acre site at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road on the UC Davis campus.

Last December Haagen-Dazs ice cream committed $125,000 to the UC Davis Department of Entomology, with $65,000 earmarked for the garden. The Haagen-Dazs brand and UC Davis will determine how to use the balance of the gift.

The key goals of the garden are to provide
bees with a year-round food source, to raise public awareness about the
plight of honey bees and to encourage visitors to plant bee-friendly
gardens of their own.

“We’ll not only be providing a pollen and nectar source for the
millions of bees on Bee Biology Road, but we will also be demonstrating
the beauty and value of pollinator gardens,” said design competition
coordinator Melissa “Missy” Borel, program manager for the California
Center for Urban Horticulture. “My hope is that it will inspire
everyone to plant for pollinators!”

“The winning design fits beautifully with the campus mission of
education and outreach, and it will tremendously benefit our honey bees
at Bee Biology,” said Lynn Kimsey, professor and chair of the UC Davis
Department of Entomology and director of the Bohart Museum of
Entomology. “The garden will be a campus destination.”

Kimsey served as one of eight judges who unanimously selected the
design from among 30 entries, submitted from as far away as England.
The winning team will be honored at the garden dedication in October,
where they will be presented with an engraved name plaque . They will
also be given the sweet reward of free Haagen-Dazs ice cream for a year.

“We had so many wonderful garden concepts submitted that making the final choice was really difficult,” Kimsey said.

The Sibbett Group design zeroed in on sustainability and visitor
experience. The four interconnected gardens, “Honeycomb Hideout,”
“Nectar Nook,” “Pollinator Patch” and “My Backyard” form the “physical
and interpretive framework for our honey bee haven design,” the authors
said. A series of trails connect the gardens. Trellises define the
entry ways and reinforce the passage to the next space.

“Incorporated into each of the four sections are gathering spaces
that serve as orientation points for guided tours, facilitated programs
and ‘chat time’ with beekeepers and entomologists,” the team explained.
Identification labels will help visitors know more about the plants, or
what they can plant in their own yards.

The design also includes a “Learning Center” building and paths
labeled “Orchard Alley,” “Save the Bee Sanctuary,” “Round Dance Circle”
and “Waggle Dance Way.”

Judges initially narrowed the 30 designs to six, and then focused
on diversity (the winning design has 40 different plants), bloom
balance, vision, generational learning, cost feasibility and attention
to detail. Judges also declared the Sibbett Group design “the most
river or environmentally-friendly.”

In addition to Borel and Kimsey, the panel of judges included:

David Fujino, executive director, California Center for Urban
Horticulture at UC Davis; Aaron Majors, construction department
manager, Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contractors, based in Novato;
Diane McIntyre, senior public relations manager, Haagen-Dazs ice cream;
Heath Schenker, professor of environmental design, UC Davis; Jacob
Voit, sustainability manager and construction project manager, Cagwin
and Dorward Landscape Contractors; and Kathy Keatley Garvey,
communications specialist, UC Davis Department of Entomology.

Schenker praised the Sibbett Group design as “beautiful and very
functional.” “The interpretive elements are imaginative,” said
Schenker. “I think this design team has a great range of expertise and
has taken a very well-rounded approach to the program.”

Majors said the cost estimate was well organized and the cost of
materials very realistic. “The introduction outlined how the design was
scalable which shows the collaborative approach of the four-person team
and their willingness to work with budget,” he said.

Honey bees pollinate more than 100 different U.S. agricultural
crops, valued at $15 billion. However, in recent years, the nation’s
beekeepers have reported losing from one-third to all of their bees due
to a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.

In response, the Haagen-Dazs brand launched the “Haagen-Dazs Loves
Honey Bees” campaign in February 2008, committing a total $250,000
donation for bee research to UC Davis and Pennsylvania State
University, and redoubled its efforts in 2009 with a second $250,000
donation, bringing the brand’s total donation for honey bee research to
a half million dollars. It also formed a scientific advisory Bee Board,
created an educational Web site and introduced the new Vanilla Honey
Bee ice cream flavor. Bees are crucial to nearly 50 percent of their
all-natural flavors.

During the last several months, the public has answered the
Haagen-Dazs brand’s call to action by donating more than $30,000 to
support additional honey bee research at UC Davis. In addition,
numerous companies have launched programs to donate a portion of their
proceeds to UC Davis honey bee research.

SOURCE: PRNewswire

CELEBRATING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: CSLA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE 2009

(WINNIPEG) – The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is pleased to announce that 25 projects located in Canada and the United States have won national and regional recognition in the prestigious 2009 CSLA Awards of Excellence in Landscape Architecture.

 This year the CSLA Awards of Excellence jury, including Nelda Rodger, Editor of Azure Design Magazine and representatives from coast-to-coast, received 56 outstanding project submissions from landscape architects across Canada.  Says CSLA President Cathy Sears, 

 “The 2009 Awards of Excellence truly celebrate the vital role and influence of landscape architecture in Canada.  This year’s entries reflect the rich diversity and remarkable talents of our profession, as well as the significant impact collectively, we as practitioners, educators and administrators have on our environments and quality of life. Through engagement, innovative planning and design processes and creative solutions these award winning projects are an inspiration and exciting evidence that we are indeed rising to the challenges of the 21st century. Congratulations to all the 2009 Award Recipients”.

 The CSLA Awards of Excellence recognize and encourage excellence in all aspects of the landscape architecture profession as well as promoting a strong awareness of landscape architecture among related professions, potential clients and the general public.  The 2009 Awards of Excellence winners are:

 National Honour Awards

  • La consortium Daoust Lestage inc.
  • Groupe Cardinal Hardy
  • Field Operations
  • Ekistics Planning and Design

National Merit Awards

·        Centre for Landscape Research, University of Toronto

·        Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

·        Design Centre for Sustainability, University of British Columbia

  • PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Ltd.

·        space2place design inc.

West 8 + DTAH (du Toit Allsopp Hillier)

 

National Citation Awards

  • CBCL Limited

·        The Planning Partnership Limited

·        Ville De Montréal – Direction des grands parcs et de la nature en ville

 

Regional Honour Awards

·        IBI Group/DAA

·        George Dark, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA, Urban Strategies Inc.

·        space2place design inc.

 

Regional Merit Awards

·        LEES + Associates & Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg

·        Janet Rosenberg + Associates (JRA)/Schollen & Company Inc.

·        Ecoplans Limited

·        PLANT Architect Inc.

 

Regional Citation Awards

·        Schollen & Company INC.

·        Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture

·        Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, Seattle

·        Bev Sandalack and the EVDS Urban Lab, and Dillon Consulting Limited

·        Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram Landscape Architecture and Planning

SOURCE CSLA

WINNIPEG)
– L’Association des architectes paysagistes du Canada (AAPC) se
réjouit d’annoncer que 25 projets élaborés au Canada et aux États-Unis ont
gagné la reconnaissance nationale et régionale du prestigieux Prix d’excellence
de l’AAPC 2009 en architecture du paysage.

 

Cette
année, le panel pour les Prix d’excellence de l’AAPC, composé entre
autres de Nelda Rodger, rédactrice en chef du magazine Azure Design
et de représentants d’un océan à l’autre, a reçu 56 remarquables
soumissions de projets bâtis ou non achevés de l’ensemble des architectes
paysagistes du Canada.

La
présidente de l’AAPC Cathy Sears commente ainsi :

 

« Les Prix d’excellence 2009 célèbrent judicieusement le rôle vital et
l’influence de l’architecture de paysage au Canada. Cette année, les
soumissions reflètent la richesse de la diversité et le talent remarquable des
tenants de notre profession, ainsi que l’impact significatif que,
collectivement, en tant que praticiens, éducateurs et administrateurs, nous
exerçons sur notre environnement et la qualité de vie.
Par le biais de l’engagement, de la planification
innovatrice, du processus de conception et de solutions créatives, ces projets
primés sont une inspiration et un témoin stimulant qui confirment que nous
sommes effectivement à la hauteur des défis du 21e siècle.
Félicitations à tous les récipiendaires du prix
2009.
 »

 

Les
Prix d’excellence
visent à
reconnaître et à encourager l’excellence dans tous les aspects de la profession
de l’architecture de paysage et à stimuler une sérieuse sensibilisation face à
l’architecture de paysage chez les professions connexes, les clients potentiels
et le grand public. Les gagnants des Prix d’excellence 2009 sont :

 

Prix Honneur
national :

  • Le consortium Daoust Lestage inc.
  • Groupe Cardinal Hardy
  • Field Operations
  • Ekistics
    Planning and Design

 

Prix Mérite national :

·       
Centre for Landscape Research, Université de Toronto

·       
Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

·       
Design Centre for Sustainability, Université de la Colombie-Britannique

  • PWL Partnership
    Landscape Architects Ltd.

·       
space2place design inc.

  • West 8 + DTAH (du Toit Allsopp Hillier)

 

Prix
Citation nationale :

  • CBCL Limited

·       
The Planning Partnership Limited

·       
Ville de Montréal – Direction des grands parcs et de la nature en ville

 

Prix Honneur régional :

·       
IBI Group/DAA

·       
George Dark, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA, Urban Strategies Inc.

·       
space2place design inc.

 

Prix Mérite régional :

·       
LEES + Associates & Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg

·       
Janet Rosenberg + Associates (JRA)/Schollen & Company Inc.

·       
Ecoplans Limited

·       
PLANT Architect Inc.

 

Prix Citation régionale :

·       
Schollen & Company INC.

·       
Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Planning, Urban Design and Landscape
Architecture

·       
Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Planning, Urban Design and Landscape
Architecture, Seattle

·       
Bev Sandalack and the EVDS Urban Lab, and Dillon Consulting Limited

·       
Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram Landscape Architecture and Planning

 

 

Le
document ci-joint décrit en détail le travail des lauréats des Prix
d’excellence 2009.

 

 

New practice voted ‘Landscape Architects of the Year 2009’ – Scottish Architecture

Scottish Architecture reports

rankinfraser landscape architecture have celebrated the end of their first year in practice by being voted as Landscape Architects of the Year 2009 in Prospect Magazine’s ‘Best of the Professions
Survey’.

The Edinburgh based practice was established in January 2008 by Chris Rankin and Kenny Fraser and
has developed a varied portfolio with projects ranging from Inverness to Bedford-shire.”

SOURCE: Scottish Architecture – New practice voted ‘Landscape Architects of the Year 2009’

Eco suburb plan unveiled for city – theage.com.au

theage.com.au reports

“A VISION for a suburb of the future with no cars, an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and the ability to grow its own food has been unveiled by a State Government-funded thinktank. And it could happen on a site just two kilometres from the centre of Melbourne” Australia

SOURCE: Eco suburb plan unveiled for city - theage.com.au

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