Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange Goes Green

In a collaborative effort between Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii, and the Navy Exchange (NEX), a practical landscape design using environmentally-friendly vegetation and xeriscaping is being implemented at the Pearl Harbor NEX.

Many of the plants and shrubs requiring significant irrigation and maintenance have been removed and will be replaced with xeriscape functionality instead. Xeriscape is an innovative concept used to conserve water through the choice of hardy, drought-resistant plants and creative landscaping.

“Since water is such a valuable commodity, especially in Hawaii, it makes sense for Navy Region Hawaii to include xeriscape in current and future landscape designs,” said Matt Flach, landscape architect, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii. “The principles of xeriscaping serve as guidelines to best-use irrigation, ultimately assisting water conservation efforts.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Military.com – Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange Goes Green.

Sasaki selected for Cedar Rapids riverfront project

Two local firms, OPN Architects Inc. and Anderson-Bogert Engineers & Surveyors Inc. are teaming with Sasaki Associates on a new riverfront for Cedar Rapids.

Sasaki Associates beat out nearly 20 other firms for the work, and the council had been deciding between two finalists.

Sasaki won the work based on its previous riverfront work in North America and some its softer more natural approach to the riverfront that came from a brainstorming session.

SOURCE: GazetteOnline.com

Professor pushes envelope of park design – Daily Journal of Commerce

“We need a lot more parks and a lot fewer chairs,” said Galen Cranz.

At a lecture Tuesday, Cranz, a professor of architecture at University of California Berkeley, was preaching to the choir when she shared her excitement about creating more parks.

Cranz is an expert in park design. But, ironically, she wrote the book on the chair – aptly called “The Chair.” It is a study of the history of the chair and the science behind the ergonomics of today’s high-end chairs, such as the Aeron. Her point: We sit too much and walk too little.

At Tuesday’s lecture, part of Portland Parks & Recreation’s “Great Parks, Great Cities” lecture series, Cranz gave a brief history of parks in the United States and attempted to give a glimpse into the future of parks.

“Defining the Sustainable Park,” as her speech was titled, turned out to be difficult. That’s because we’re only in the first inning of understanding what the new prototype for sustainable parks will look like, she said.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Journal of Commerce – Professor pushes envelope of park design – Sam Bennett

Olin Partnership win 2008 National Design Awards

The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor the best in American design. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.

This year Olin Partnership won the Landscape Design category of the Awards who were against finalists Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

The recipient of the Landscape Design Award, which is presented for work in urban planning or park and garden design, is Olin Partnership, one of today’s leading American landscape architecture firms. The Philadelphia-based studio has been dedicated to sustainability and green design since its inception in 1976. Olin Partnership collaborates with renowned architects, planners, public agencies, corporations, institutions, development groups and foundations worldwide. Its diverse projects include public parks, civic spaces, educational and cultural institutions, and mixed-use urban developments, such as the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden at the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Gap headquarters in San Francisco, the Bryant Park restoration and reconstruction and Columbus Circle in New York, Exchange Square in London and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in collaboration with Peter Eisenman in Berlin.

The finalists honored in the Landscape Design category are Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, a multidisciplinary practice led by partners Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol specializing in high-use landscapes in complex urban contexts; and Stoss Landscape Urbanism, a Boston-based studio that practices at the juncture of landscape architecture, urban design and planning.

The 2008 jury was comprised of a diverse group of leading figures in design, including:
• Tim Brown, jury chair and chief executive officer and president, IDEO
• James Carpenter, principal, James Carpenter Design Associates
• Francisco Costa, creative director, Calvin Klein Collection for women, Calvin Klein, Inc.
• Camilo Pardo, design chief, Special Vehicles Team and Living Legends Studio, Ford Motor Company
• Mark Robbins, dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture
• Georgianna Stout, founding partner and creative director, 2×4
• Raquel Tudela, global creative director, Bloomberg L.P.
• Lauren Zalaznick, president, Bravo and Oxygen Media

SOURCE: National Smithsonian Press Release

The hills of the future – BBC News

Major construction projects produce hundreds of tons of rubble and spoil, but is there an environmentally-friendly alternative to landfill? Four hills which have sprung up on the outskirts of London provide the answer.

For years large quantities of it ended up simply being dumped in landfill sites.

But now, in a more environmentally-conscious age, imaginative solutions are being provided and one of the most innovative has taken shape beside the A40, the main road leading from London out towards Oxford and Birmingham.

Eight years ago Ealing Council wanted to redevelop a 45 acre (18.5 hectare) area of derelict parkland in Northolt, which had become an eyesore.

They recruited a firm of consultants, led by landscape architect Peter Fink, who came up with a solution which included the creation of four man-made hills on the south side of the carriageway. It would become part of a park called Northala Fields.

Source: BBC NEWS – UK – Magazine – The hills of the future – Chris Summers .

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