Chic Garden | IJLA


IJLA were engaged in 2010 to initiate the transformation of the external environment for this country house. The house had recently undergone a complete transformation giving it a contemporary look.

The landscape masterplan was created, allowing the client to then decide on a phasing strategy. Initially the immediate arrival space was created using large blockwork and rendered planters through which generous steps were created. The choice of materials reflected the building materials and corresponding tones. Render was used for the planters with copings and steps in slate. Lighting was recessed into the planter walls throwing light across the step riser, along with up-lights to the topiary. Planting for the arrival space was designed to be contemporary and also seasonal whilst retaining structure and form.


Image Credit | James McDonald Photography/Graphene Architects,

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VIDEO | See the South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from an inhabitants perspective

Aerial South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from Baha Media on Vimeo.

South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center was completed in 2009 by SSP Design, recently Baha Media filmed an aerial perspective taking in the many areas of the center and surrounding wetland areas. The video gives an interesting perspective and allows us to see how the vegetation and project have “grown-in” over the last 5-6 years.

Landscape Master Planning & Design | SSSP Design, LLC
Location | South Padre Island, TX
Architect | Richter Architects
Builder | Terry Ray Construction
Landscape Contractor | Green Thumb Landscape, Southern Landscapes

Video Credit | Baha Media

The Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center Campus Master Plan | Los Angeles, USA | AHBE Landscape Architects

Using the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Medical Center Campus as a catalyst to create a “Community of Health and Wellness”, the project’s Planning Team developed a master plan that proposes a broad-based wellness approach with a 20-year implementation plan. The master plan features a series of practical and incremental improvements that foster strong community connections, establishes a new area identity and creatively addresses the social, economic, and environmental quality issues within this community.


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2015 WAF Awards Shortlists announced


Novo Nordisk Nature Park by SLA Architects makes the WAF Awards shortlist

The World Architecture Festival has announced the finalists of the WAF  2015 Awards. There were more than 700 entries from architects and designers across the world with projects from 47 countries making this year’s shortlist. Shortlists were announced for 25 categories including Urban Project – Landscape with 7 projects making the shortlist.
Winners will be announced at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore held in early November. For the list shortlist…..

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STUDENT PROJECT | Rethinking the Rez | Jeff M. Jones


This is a conceptual graduate student project that was undertaken as part of a studio led by Laurie Olin at the University of Pennsylvania in the spring semester of 2014. It focused on revitalizing Crownpoint, New Mexico, USA, a small town on the Navajo Reservation, in one of the poorest counties in the United States. The design creates a new cultural route to promote Navajo heritage and to provide a new source of income for the community. A swale along the route collects storm water and uses it to irrigate community gardens at the center of the city. Both the route and the swale work with the existing topography to minimize the cost of regrading, since their budget is limited.

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Park n’ Play | Northern Harbor, Denmark | Active City Transformation


The parking facility PARK N’ PLAY is ACTs ambitious competition proposal that seeks to reinvent the parking house typology. The project that was developed in January 2014 amplifies the urban qualities and activities by prolonging the range of these up through the elevations and on to the roof. With a breathing and adaptable façade system the four facades are designed specifically for their four very different urban relations. Through an adaptable façade system of steel frames and stretch metal sheets a green strategy is incorporated to give shelter from sun and rain and yet offer an added value to the interior of the building complex.


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Békás-tó park | Debrecen, Hungary | Gardenworks


The park of Békás-tó is situated in the middle of Nagyerdő, parkforest of the city of Debrecen (the center of the north-east Hungarian region). Nearly 20 hectares of neglected forest were turned into a vivid, popular public park, which is able to act like a representative “green core” of the city and a place for citizens, tourists and nature-lovers to relax, interact with each other at the same time.


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