On the edge of downtown Detroit, just east of the Chrysler Freeway and not far from Detroit’s still-troubled neighborhoods, lies Lafayette Park, one of the nation’s most beautiful — and most obscure — residential developments. Composed of three sections — a high-rise apartment building and 21 multiple-unit townhouses on the western border, 13 acres of landscaping down the center, and twin apartment towers on the east — Lafayette Park holds the largest collection of buildings in the world designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Called “oft-overlooked” by the Harvard Design School and “a little-known jewel of modern urbanism” by Detlef Mertins, a professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, it should be renowned, both for its loveliness and for its ability to thrive through Detroit’s dark times of riots, destruction and middle-class flight.
The Biggest Mies Collection – WSJ.com Wall Street Journal – Julia Vitullo-Martin
Final Call for papers and contributions to 2008 World Congress due on
31st DECEMBER 2007.
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects release Summer issue of LA Online.
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The city celebrated the start of construction of its Pier C Park yesterday with a symbolic groundbreaking near the Hudson River’s edge.
The kidney-shaped, 2-acre park is anchored to land by a narrow pier on one end and a meandering path on the other.
“It will offer the chance for a different relationship with the water than what you normally have,” said landscape architect Mark Pattin, of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the firm designing the park. “It’s an amazing opportunity to build a pier from scratch.”
Pier park is really out there – NJ.com.
Perth’s vast potential is being strangled by over-reliance on cars and poor use of public space resulting in bland, soulless suburbs, according to Australian Institute of Landscape Architects new WA president Greg Grabasch.
Mr Grabasch said Perth, with its abundance of natural beauty, had the potential to be a world-class city but years of leaving landscape and streetscape design to planners who had not been trained in creating effective public spaces was killing the city’s character.
Get soul into the city, landscape chief urges : thewest.com.au – TIFFANY LAURIE
A team of five design companies was chosen today to design the transformation of Governors Island from an abandoned military base into a 90-acre open space at the heart of New York Harbor. The new parkland will include a two-mile promenade on the water’s edge, a 40-acre park occupying the southern half of the island and improvements in the historic military district that makes up the northern half of the island and includes structures built as early as 1810.
The winning design team comprises five companies: West 8; Rogers Marvel Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architects designing the High Line in Chelsea; Quennell Rothschild and Partners and SMWM.
Design Team Picked for Governors Island Park – City Room – Metro – New York Times .
Park Plan Choosen – New York Times – Robin Pogrebin
City picks architects for Governors Island – AM New York
Dutch Firm Selected To Design Governors Island Parkland – New York Sun
The year is coming to an end. 2007 EFLA General Assembly took place at the end of October in Brussels – it certainly was one of the largest ever. EFLA ExCo decided to have the Seminar and General Assembly at MVillage, the new location for EFLA and IFLA’s joint office. Perhaps not the most generous venue but this provided the opportunity for Presidents, delegates and observers to discover our new home…
EFLA – European Foundation of Landscape Architecture – FEAP.
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