Topos to present Landscape Awards in Reykjavik – Topos

Topos will be presenting its Topos Landscape Award 2009 in a ceremony at the Topos Design and Sustainability Symposium on 26 June in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The symposium, which will be taking place in the Nordic House Culture Centre built by Alvar Aalto in 1968, is being held in collaboration with FILA, the Icelandic Landscape Architecture Association, at the invitation of the Nordic Council.

The speakers include Jenny Osuldsen, Antje Stokmann, Eelco Hooftman, Bart Brands, Philip Coxall, Adrian McGregor and others, and an excursion to landscape projects in the Reykjavik area is being offered as part of the symposium on 27 June.

The symposium is limited to 120 persons and costs 150 euros. To register or obtain more information, contact Marie Persson at


Waldheim appointed professor, chair of landscape architecture — The Harvard University Gazette

The Harvard University Gazette reports

“Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design Mohsen Mostafavi announced the appointment of Charles Waldheim as professor of landscape architecture and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at GSD, effective July of this year.

“I very much look forward to working with Charles and the landscape faculty in defining the future direction of the department, and in confronting the current challenges and opportunities facing those who teach and practice in the field of landscape architecture,” said Mostafavi during his announcement”

SOURCE: The Harvard University Gazette – Waldheim appointed professor, chair of landscape architecture

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CABE slams London 2012 media centre designs – Builder and Engineer

Builder and Engineer reports

“The government’s architecture watchdog has criticised the ‘extremely weak’ design of the £355m media centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) said it was unable to support the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) proposed designs for the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre which are located on the edge of the Olympic Park.”

SOURCE:Builder and Engineer – CABE slams London 2012 media centre designs

CSLA holds Youtube competition to promote Landscape Architecture

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has launched a competition using Youtube to promote landscape architecture.

The creative competition is open anyone living in Canada who is over 18 years old.
A video must be less than 3 minutes and be submitted for entry by 31st July 2009.

Download the Competition Guidelines (PDF linked from CSLA)




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Innovative desert garden promotes sustainability – Daily Wildcat

Innovative desert garden promotes sustainability – News

The School of Landscape Architecture (University of Arizona) has created an innovative desert landscape that is both beautiful and sustainable.

The Underwood Family Sonoran Landscaping Lab is home to five different desert habitats as well as a pond that is supported completely by reclaimed water that serves as a home to the endangered fish the Gila chub, said Ron Stoltz, director of the School of Landscape Architecture.

SOURCE: Daily Wildcat – Innovative desert garden promotes sustainability – News

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Birmingham’s £6bn makeover – The Independent

The Independent reports

“Britain’s new architectural hot spot is Birmingham and it’s handing £6bn to a thundering horde of architects to prove it. First up, in a £193m scheme, Europe’s biggest library, care of the acclaimed Dutch designers Mecanoo.”

SOURCE: The IndependentBirmingham’s £6bn makeover 

Barbara Deutsch Named Executive Director of Landscape Architecture Foundation

Barbara Deutsch has been named Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. The appointment was announced by LAF President Dennis Carmichael, who said, “Barbara has a compelling combination of energy and enthusiasm, management experience and landscape architecture design sensibility. The Board is excited about working with her to increase the impact of landscape architecture in sustainable design and planning.”

Deutsch said she is delighted about the opportunity to expand LAF’s influence and role in sustainable design. “I’m looking forward to reaching out to other environmental organizations to develop partnerships and joint programs which will leverage LAF’s strengths and resources and lead to greater impact in local and national arenas.”

Deutsch comes to LAF from a diverse background in landscape architecture, marketing, systems engineering and academia. Most recently, she has been Associate Director at BioRegional for its One Planet Communities Program in Washington, D.C. While there, Deutsch was on a team that partnered with the Hunt Development Group as its sustainability consultant for the Hill East neighborhood redevelopment project in D.C. The team completed a Sustainability Action Plan which committed Hill East to be a zero waste, zero water and 100 percent sustainable lifestyles community, one of only six in the world, and the first in a major U.S. city. She also assessed biomass supply for renewable energy solutions for the Sustainability Strategy for the Chicago 2016 Olympics bid pursuit.

Before that, Deutsch was Senior Director of the Casey Trees Endowment Fund where she played a key role in developing the organization’s vision, strategic plan, policies, programs, partnerships and infrastructure. She secured $350,000 in grant funding for strategic projects and led the 2002 Street Tree Inventory. She also worked with District partners and the community to develop and pass the D.C. Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002 and has testified at D.C. Council hearings on issues of land use, stormwater management, tree cover and green infrastructure.

Deutsch left Casey Trees in 2006 when she was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. During the fellowship, she was inspired by leaders from all over the world on how to make change and studied Real Estate Finance and Development and Effective Leadership of Social Enterprise. In 2007 Deutsch won an ASLA Professional Research award for the EPA grant: “The Green Build-Out Model: Quantifying Stormwater Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, D.C.”

Deutsch earned a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and worked for ten years as a marketing representative at IBM before shifting direction to seek a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington. After completing her degree she worked in Hong Kong for a landscape architecture firm on new town planning and infrastructure. She returned to the United States to teach for two years in the University’s Landscape Architecture Department before moving to D.C. She is currently a lecturer in the Landscape Sustainable Design Certificate Program at George Washington University where she introduced the water budget analysis tool into the curriculum.

Deutsch will succeed L. Susan Everett, who has been LAF Executive Director since 1998. She is taking over the leadership role at a time of overall stability for the Foundation, despite the global economic crisis. “LAF is fortunate to have diversified sources of revenue, including both a scholarship endowment and the Second Century Endowment, which supports programs. We’ve taken measures to ensure LAF’s ongoing financial health, reducing expenses in 2009 and deferring some program expansion until 2010. However, overall we are in a stronger position than many nonprofits,” said Dennis Carmichael.

Deutsch will assume the position responsibilities on April 27th, overlapping with Everett for one week as part of the transition.


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