360 + 5 | New York, USA | BNIM + Iowa State University Students


360 + 5 proposes to amplify the visual and spatial experience with dynamic “reflections” strategically passed along the corridor thereby transforming a series of streets into a cohesive public realm.

Manhattan’s 42nd Street is a dense, vibrant transportation corridor furnished with a myriad of urban live/work/entertainment layers. While the corridor has many dynamic assets, the pedestrian experience is stark and limited both physically and visually. Pedestrian access is pushed to the fringes of the right-of-way (sidewalks) as most of the corridor is devoted to the automobile (cars, taxi, trucks, bus). There is a noticeable lack of quality public spaces within and adjacent to the corridor considering the huge volume of the pedestrian traffic. The ratio of building heights to the width of the street constrains light and air while limiting visibility.

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Landscape Institute launches `Be A Landscape Architect` careers website


The Landscape Institute has always played a role in promoting the landscape architecture profession to the public through various initiatives and media including the I want to be a landscape architect video over 5 years ago. Now, the Landscape Institute has just launched another initiative profiling rising stars on its Be A Landscape Architect  careers website.

Be A Landscape Architect  is the Landscape Institute’s new look careers website.  It acts as an information resource for school leavers, undergraduates, post-graduates and career changers thinking about becoming landscape architects.  As well as providing details of how to study in the UK and abroad it includes inspirational content about working in the profession.

Bethany Williams and Stuart Towner, have been selected as the first ‘Landscape Showcase’ profiles to appear on the careers website.  The pair won Gold and Best in Show at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show for their ‘Green Seam’ show garden.

Head over to Be A Landscape Architect  for more information about this great initiative.


Mediterranean terrace garden in Alassio, Italy by Studio S.O.A.P.


The terrace is situated on the top floor of an historic building (about XVII sec.). About 140 square meters and has a breath taking view of the Mediterranean sea. The terrace started out as a flat surface and is now  promontory with a beautiful panorama.

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Fangshan Tangshan Geopark Museum | Tangshan, China | HASSELL


The Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark, 40 kilometres east of Nanjing, is the site of one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological discoveries and home to China’s new Great Relic Museum. HASSELL designed the museum’s gateway plaza and surrounding parkland connections for the Nanjing Tangshan Construction Investment and Development Company, following an international landscape design competition.

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Proto Tamansari: Where Urban and Agricultural forms of land use coexist


Proto Tamansari is a research project, dedicated to develop alternative planning tools for the urbanization of Indonesian Desakota areas.
Desakota’s are areas in the extended surroundings of large cities, where urban and agricultural forms of land use coexist and are intensively intermingled. Many Indonesian cities suffer from issues caused by the vast urbanization of these areas, reflecting the shortcomings of regular planning tools to cope with this particular context. Proto Tamansari aims to develop appropriate planning instruments for the development of these areas. Several themes are investigated by different teams, to capitalize the current conditions as a base for new developments. Felixx covers the theme ‘resilient agriculture’, in collaboration with Wageningen University.


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Saffron Square | London, UK | HTA Design


Saffron Square, a large brownfield regeneration project in the centre of Croydon, was identified in Croydon’s Vision 2020 as the key northern gateway site to the town centre. Having lain fallow for almost 15 years, it was earmarked as a location for high quality, high density residential accommodation with new pedestrian routes and a public open space that facilitates ease of use, safety and provides shelter for all users.
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Creative Director announced for 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture

AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has announced Richard Weller as the creative director for the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra, Australia. Australian-born Weller is the Professor and Chair of landscape architecture at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA).

2016 IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress will be the main event of the Festival program to be held from 27-29 October 2016. Festival programs are designed to educate, inspire and engage landscape architects, students, universities, government, the community and the public. Events for the 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture in Festival in Canberra will be wide ranging and include a Research Summit, Student Charrette, Welcome Reception, a two-day IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, the AILA National Awards Gala Dinner, public talks, tours and exhibitions. It expects to attract 500 delegates from Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Prior to taking up the position at Penn (having succeeded James Corner in 2013), Weller was Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. With Vladimir Sitta (Terragram) he was also Director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 who designed the controversial, Garden of Australia Dreams at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. This renowned garden will host the Welcome Reception for the 2016 Festival.

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