Sasaki Associates working on OSU Masterplan

Sasaki Associates have been working on the Ohio State University(OSU) Masterplan since February and to be finished by next Spring. The project is the largest scope that Sasaki Associates has worked on for an American university.
The plan is centred on living-learning communities with no more than a 10 minute walk with a rethinking of planning of dorms, research and recreation facilities. Also the plan includes a change in approach to carparking and the land use along the river front.

VIA: Business First of Columbus

Opening permanent sculpture garden in Leidsche Rijn Park – West 8

On September 11, the permanent sculpture garden in Leidsche Rijn Park was officially opened.  As an opening act, the new sculpture Barricade from Spanish artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo was set on fire.

The sculpture garden is inspired by the book Possibility of an Island by French writer Michel Houellebecq. The device of the book –hope and the search for love- suggested a basic principle for the designs of the participating artists Fernando Sánchez Castillo (SP), Mathilde ter Heijne (NL), William Speakman i.s.m. Gijs Frieling (NL), Daniel Roth (DE), Rob Voerman (NL), Zilvinas Landzbergas (LT) en Lucas Lenglet (NL). The eight, literary work by writer Arnon Grunberg was also presented on the 11th.

Barricade (2009) by Fernando Sánchez Castillo


Anonimous monuments (2009) by Daniel Roth

Wood Chapel (2009) by William Speakman

SOURCE: WEST 8

Viñoly-designed New York architecture school opens

Building reports

Newly renovated New City College of New York Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture opens today

The City College of New York’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture has reopened, after a complete overhaul by Rafael Viñoly Architects.

On the building’s periphery, Landscape Architect Lee Weintraub’s design accentuates the main entrance, creating another accessible congregation point for students.

SOURCE: BuildingViñoly-designed New York architecture school opens

Landscape Architecture 5 feet and beyond

I just read the article Grounds for creativity at PostStar.com that talks about the role of a landscape architect and raises some good points about landscape architects and our scope of work however there was one statement that confounded me.

As a rule, landscape architects, who require a different license than a traditional architect, design from five feet outside of the building and beyond.

I don’t know where this came, maybe its a state law definition somewhere? However, I think that it is often a misconception that landscape architects deal with just the outside and beyond the apron of the building. We often work inside the ‘five feet and beyond’ – the entry, the walls (green), roofs, indoor atriums. However this is not the point, I often worry that the line between architect, landscape architect and other disciplines is too defined and limits the creativity of all disciplines. In my experience the best projects and designs are those that are designed as a collaboration between disciplines where a team comes together to formulate a design. Designs should be a collaboration between disciplines not sole disciplines designing ‘our scope/part’.

Landscape architects (and all disciplines) are essential to good design whether it’s a building, urban park, rooftop, or a city. Landscape architecture is the whole landscape not just the 5 feet and beyond.

By Damian Holmes 15 September 2009

Clive looks at nature & recreation centers

Clive is looking at new facilities suggested by a new plan approved by the City last week. The facilities include a nature center, community gym and a dog park.

Genus Landscape Architects has developed a plan for a nature center that could cost between $1.5 to 4 million depending on scope and detailing for final construction.

SOURCE: Clive council eyes recreation, nature centers | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register

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