Professor Bernard Lassus awarded IFLA Gold Medal 2009

Professor Bernard LassusThe International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) has much pleasure in announcing the winner of the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal 2009.

The winner is Professor Bernard Lassus of France. Professor Lassus was nominated by UNESCO under whose auspices the award is presented. The recipient is a practitioner whose merit, talent and actions are respected internationally. The Medal is presented once every four years and this is the second time of its presentation.

Professor Bernard Lassus was selected as the prize winner from an international jury of three – from Sweden, the UK, and Canada. The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects may bestow upon a landscape architect. The medal recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment, and the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture.

The medal is presented in recognition of projects of outstanding quality and originality. The quadrennial competition is open to landscape architects throughout the world.

Professor Bernard Lassus gained a reputation as an artist in France from the late 1950’s and then explored social uses of paintings and sculptures in industrial environments. At that time he was also Professor of Drawing at the School of Architecture at the Beaux-Arts in Paris and from there helped to found the Landscape School at Versailles. In 1982 he won a significant public project for the ‘Gardens of Return’ in Rochefort which has continued into 2000. He helped to develop a national Landscape Policy for Motorways in France and since then his influence in landscape design through his work and teaching at various universities in Europe and the USA has grown. He has also written 15 books.

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How cities drive plants extinct

BBC reports

How towns and cities cause the extinction of local plants has been revealed for the first time.
An international team of botanists has compared extinction rates of plants within 22 cities around the world.

The categorise the cities into groups and looked at future threats. The findings are very interesting and you can read more at SOURCE: BBC – Earth News – How cities drive plants extinct

As Ash Borer Claims More Trees, Researcher Works For Species Survival

Science Daily reports

As the devastating insect emerald ash borer is working its way across North America destroying almost all the native ash trees it encounters, Widrlechner is rapidly collecting and storing ash tree seeds.

Like the legendary Appleseed who planted apple trees across the country, Widrlechner’s seed stocks can serve as a national source for reintroducing ash trees once the devastation can be controlled.

read more at the SOURCE: Science Daily: As Ash Borer Claims More Trees, Researcher Works For Species Survival

Museum Chooses Landscape Architect

89.3 WFPL  reports

The Speed Art Museum has chosen a landscape architect for its expansion at the University of Louisville campus. The landscape architecture firm chosen is Reed Hilderbrand Associates of Massachusetts who will work with wHY Architecture of Los Angeles, which the museum chose in January……..The museum expects to break ground next year and complete construction by 2014

SOURCE: 89.3 WFPL | Museum Chooses Landscape Architect; Gets $5 million

Burj Dubai (World’s Tallest Tower) to open on December 2

The Times of India reports

The world’s tallest tower Burj Dubai will open this year on December 2, which is the UAE National
Day.

Mohammed Al-Abbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, which is the developer of the project, said he was “shooting for UAE National Day”.

SOURCE: The Times of India – Burj Dubai to open on December 2

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