Landscape Institute launch website to abate LA shortage

The Landscape Institute has launched a new clean graphic site with stunning images of landscape architecture projects to try to show students and people thinking about a possible career change the great profession of landscape architecture.

The site – I Want To Be A Landscape Architect  is up and running with support from CABE Space, one of the Institute’s key stakeholders.

The Landscape Institute has launched this website and campaign in direct response to the chronically low level of entry onto Landscape Institute accredited university courses and the severe shortages of landscape architects in the labour market.

A Landscape Institute survey in 2007 showed that 52% of firms were turning away contracts because of staff shortages and in 2007 research by the Academy for Sustainable Communities, showed that the shortages of landscape architects were set to worsen as demand in the economy increased.

The website has a wealth of information and some great interviews with members of the profession. The institute is also calling on members to become apart of the site and help get the message out to local schools so check out  I Want to be a landscape architect and see how you can contribute too.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – I want to be a landscape architect website now online.

Design Debate Over Flight 93 Memorial Revived – New York Times

It has been more than two years since two college professors first made their claim that the winning design chosen for the Flight 93 National Memorial had evolved to contain elements of their proposal to honor those who died fighting the terrorists who hijacked the plane on Sept. 11, 2001.

And after an investigation by the Department of the Interior a year later found no merit to the claim by the professors, Lisa Austin and Madis Pihlak, that the winning design by Paul Murdoch, an architect based in Los Angeles, contained some of their ideas, most of those involved thought the debate over the design of the $58 million first phase of the memorial to be built near Shanksville, Pa., was over.

But the debate and rancor has been reignited in anticipation of Ms. Austin and Mr. Pihlak’s presentation of a paper on the issue on Tuesday at the “Designing the Parks” conference in Charlottesville, Va. The conference is co-sponsored by the National Park Service, which is overseeing the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Read more @ New York TimesDesign Debate Over Flight 93 Memorial Revived

HARGREAVES SELECTED FOR PHASE ONE OF NEW ORLEANS: REINVENTING THE CRESCENT

Hargreaves Associates has been selected as Lead Designer for Phase One of New Orleans’ Reinventing the Crescent, as part of the team chosen by the New Orleans Building Corporation. New Orleans-based Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is Prime and Executive Architect, for the $116,935,000 budget, with three distinct areas of focus distributed along 4.5 of the Mississippi River. Hargreaves Associates will translate the 2007 master plan into three design packages geared toward transforming defunct wharves into an ecological park; forging stronger pedestrian connections between the French Quarter’s Jackson Square and the Moonwalk at the river; and retrofitting existing wharf structures into a Marigny/Bywater neighborhood park..

Hargreaves Associates 

Students Win 2010 Landscape Design Competition

Two students have won the 2010 Green Goal Mouille Point Student Landscape Design competition for designing a safe, spacious and aesthetic inner city park and recreation area head of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

This comes after landscape design and architectural students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) were invited to submit entries to redesign the Mouille Point promenade and beachfront area.

Scott Masson, a final year Masters Landscape Design programme student at UCT submitted a design which would transform the site into a dynamic people-friendly facility.

Marike Fick a final year design student at the CPUT, submitted a design of an amphitheatre which she felt would be an important feature to attract a variety of people to the area.

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SOURCE:
allAfrica.com: South Africa: Students Win 2010 Landscape Design Competition

Campuses maintain arboretums for the benefit of all

Walk around the peaceful, grassy campuses of local colleges and universities and you’ll see an interesting mix of modern construction and some of the oldest living relics in the region.

In between the brick and mortar structures, you’ll find stately trees — some of which date back almost two centuries — gracing these parklike settings.

At Waynesburg University, where the white oak (Quercus alba) is the school’s official tree, a long row of oaks lines one side of the walk between Miller Hall and a fountain that fronts the campus.

“Ten years ago, one of our students completed an inventory of trees, which our botany class uses to evaluate the health of the trees,” said Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology. “When one dies or is taken out, we plant a new one to take its place.”

Read more about Universities in the USA maintaining their aroboretems @ the SOURCE:
Pittsburgh Post Gazette –
Campuses maintain arboretums for the benefit of all – Author – Dave Zuchowski

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