Ball State Day at the Indiana State Fair

This year, the Ball State Backyard will have a new, fresh design. Located in the Ball State Ag/Hort Building and hosted by 16 student ambassadors, the Backyard will feature the Digital Dome and a garden railroad. A 50-inch plasma screen will show five video stories that visitors can view, in addition to plasma screens in columns running slideshows of pictures of campus.

The Backyard was designed by landscape architecture faculty and students, when it debuted at the fair in 2004. Landscape architecture professors Malcolm Cairns, German Cruz, Cynthia McHone and Les Smith designed this year’s presentation of the Backyard.

Les Smith instructs and oversees the interdisciplinary Summer Semester Design/Build class and student set-up team, providing guidance in the design, construction and layout of the structures that compose the Backyard exhibit.

“The Department of Landscape Architecture is committed to conceiving, developing and promoting the practice of sustainable design principles by providing distinctive professional learning experiences to its undergraduate and graduate students,” Smith said.

“The Ball State Backyard demonstrates a number of sustainable-design techniques, such as use of recycled materials, use of renewable materials, simulation of pervious paving surfaces and enrichment of the environment and habitat through dense vegetation.”

SOURCE: Ball State University

AILA releases 2009 Salary Survey Results

Are you working or looking at a landscape architecture position in Australia? You should look at the 2009 Salary Survey results released by Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) today. The results are not conclusive but give a good indication of what salary you could or should be earning.

SOURCE: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

LiD Architecture wins Dublin’s Parlour Design Competition

Dublin City Council and Point Village Limited are delighted to announce that the winner of Dublin’s Parlour Design Competition is LiD Architecture

The RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland) administered the single stage competition on behalf of the competition promoters, Point Village Limited. The objective of the competition was to design a new public civic space for Dublin. “The Parlour” will have strong social, cultural and environmental character and a countrywide profile for holding an intense and varied programme of music and other outdoor events including markets and monster céilís.

The assessors (Harry Crosbie, CEO, Point Village Ltd., Dick Gleeson, Dublin City Planner, Dublin City Council, John McLaughlin, Director of Architecture, Dublin Docklands development Authority, Kilian Skay, Architect, Dublin City Council, Peter McHale, Partner, Bruce Shaw Partnership and Denis Byrne, Denis Byrne Architects) were impressed by the range and quality of the 46 responses to a challenging and complex brief.

LiD Architecture’s winning submission’s simple, strong, clear idea effortlessly addressed the brief. The central concept is to use shipping containers as basic building blocks which will be configured in creative ways to address challenges of containment, movement, art, lighting and art performance. The jury felt that this solution displayed high levels of flexibility, adaptability and toughness in use. The design resonates powerfully with docklands and embraces the temporary nature of the challenge.

There were four submissions commended by the jury. These were submitted by David Wright ArchitectsDerek Murphy Architects, McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects, Henegan Peng Architects and NEX.

SOURCE: RIAI

IMAGE SOURCE: RIAI IMAGE CREDIT: LiD Architecture

Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

San Francisco Chronicle reports

San Francisco got a taste of modern bicycle sharing when a truck pulled into Golden Gate Park on Sunday and dropped off seven bikes attached to a unique pay station that was portable, wireless and juiced by solar panels.

For five hours, hundreds of park visitors tested out the Bixi system, which since May has allowed Montreal residents – with the swipe of a credit card or prepaid pass – to unlock a bike from one station and drop it off at another.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle – Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

In the News – August 5

Energy conservation education project launched in Beijing [Xinhua]

BACA sole UK practice asked to join Netherlands design competition – The Architect’s Journal

Park Plan Approved: Bartlesville City Council OKs plan for South East Park – Examiner-Enterprise.com

Cedar Creek Trail feasibility study almost complete [Sherwood Gazette]

Taking gardening to new heights [Palo Alto Online]

Lighting up the night: The Gardens at SIUE open ‘The Lantern’ [The Telegragh.com]

Steve McShane appointed to City of Salinas Design Review Board [TheCalifornian.com]

Energy conservation education project launched in Beijing
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