The Piazza Vecchia (Old Square) in Bergamo Italy is a Renaissance square, that Le Corbusier called “ the most beautiful square in Europe”. As key part of a major international landscape symposium Arketipos held in Bergamo throughout September 2014 this historical square was temporarily transformed into a contemporary landscape exploring the theme of Well being and healing.
The Insitute of Landscape Architects Malaysia have officially dismantled their Scale of Fees after the Malaysia Competition Commission recently sent the ILAM the following notice:
“That the Commission is aware that the ILAM’s Scale of Fees continues to be in effect. The Commission considers that the ILAM’s Scale of Fees should be dismantled by 5 April 2015, failing which the Commission shall proceed to take the next appropriate course of action”
ILAM in response sent out a notice to all members on the 3 April to officially dismantling the Scale of Fees:
“ILAM is hereby adhere to full application of the Competition Act 2010 and advises all ILAM members to comply with the aforementioned act. Please be informed that the booklet of ILAM’s Scale of Fees is now regarded as obsolete. ILAM has no obligation to any members should there be any circumstances in relation to “the ACt” after the date of this letter.”
The dismantling of official Scale of Fees by landscape architecture organisations has been ocurring over the last decade as countries seek to increase competition and comply with fair-trade agreements between nations where colluding or fixing of prices or fees is seen as anti-competitive. Although these scale of fees are obsolete they are often still used by firms and individuals to price work by adjusting for various costs and project complexity.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) recently launced a Request for Proposals for the Rail Corridor in Singapore. The URA is inviting architects and landscape architects to assemble a multi-disciplinary Design Team and provide consultancy services to develop a Concept Master Plan and Concept Proposals for the Rail Corridor Project in Singapore.
Winner: First Prize | “Habitat Filter” by Drysdale Myers and Dow: Matt Drysdale, Matt Myers, Tim Dow
In 2015, CityLink are undertaking a project to transform an unused site, known as the Power Street Loop. Since the Loop’s creation in 2000, there has been significant residential and commercial development in the area and it has emerged as the city’s arts and cultural heart.
Through its thoughtful transformation, the site will positively contribute to the surrounding cultural landscape of the area.
Kerb is an annual Landscape Architecture publication presenting works from cross-disciplinary fields produced by the RMIT University School of Architecture and Design in Melbourne, Australia. Kerb is a progressive design journal focused on contemporary Landscape Architecture issues from an international and national perspective.
Kerb Journal is in its 23rd year of publication and we are currently seeking submissions for the latest edition exploring the theme of ‘Digital Landscapes’. Submissions close on Sunday 3rd of May, 12 midnight (Australian EST) for the launch of journal in August 2015.
Baseball veterans, including a participant from the final game played, were on hand to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the recent grand opening of San Diego’s Lane Field Park, created by Civitas. The park was placed on the former site of Lane Field baseball stadium, home to the then-Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres from 1936-1957 – history that played an integral role in the design. At the same time, this new park is visually tied to the Port of San Diego’s massive North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, which includes the Civitas-designed grand esplanade that opened in November 2014 just across Harbor Drive.
Nemetschek Vectorworks recently started publishing videos from their The Business of Creativity series. This video brings together three architects Dylan Chappell, Ali Honarkar and Michael Timchek to discuss the ehether making decisions about which projects to accept, driving a design’s evolution or delivering an imaginative solution, balancing everything while ensuring creativity remains central to everything. An interesting conversation that addresses topics and issues that designers have to address during the daily operations of running a design business. The video is just over 30 minutes but is worth watching giving great insights.