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.
The Sail Boxes were constructed as a temporary play structure for the Boston PlayDay 2015 at the Lawn on D.
Bright and colorful spandex fabric stretches over a box-like bamboo framework to create a unique play experience which offers a diverse range of interactions. The asymmetrical layout of the fabric creates a maze-like obstacle course where children are encouraged to push and pull on the fabric as they navigate through the structure.
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The Bang Sue Environmental Education and Conservation Center (EECC) project was developed on the northwest reservoir of Vachirabenjatas Park or the Railway Park’s (SUAN ROD FAI) boundary. The circulation path within the compound had been designed to maintain the existing main routes such as bicycle lanes, walkways, and jogging route, and connect to the Park’s circulation system.
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The biennial Maeder-York Family Fellowship in Landscape Studies recognizes an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The residential Fellowship is awarded through a juried international portfolio competition and builds upon the Gardner’s Artist-in-Residence program that has fostered creativity and collaboration in the arts for over two decades.
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The project WaterPlus responds to the need for an immediate climate change adaptation strategy in the municipality of Solrød located 30 km southeast of Copenhagen. This project transforms an inaccessible and unused plot into a park, activity center, educational laboratory, and water management facility. The project gets its richness from the intersection of these programs.
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The Hills at Vallco features an 30-acre community park and nature preserve, which will not only be the largest community park in Cupertino, but also the largest green roof in the world. The Hills at Vallco plans include a vibrant, sustainable, walkable and safe new neighborhood with a mix of retail, dining, entertainment, recreation, offices, housing, open space and public amenities. To make this vision a realitySand Hill Property has engaged two world-renowned designers, Rafael Viñoly Architects and OLIN.
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GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is important part of the urban planning and urban design process. GIS has often been associated with science, and not so much on design. Geodesign offers to shake up the notion of GIS. Geodesign provides a design framework and supporting technology for design professionals to leverage geographic information, resulting in designs that more closely follow site and natural systems.
Geodesign is a new way of thinking about the design process, utilizing site data with software such as a GIS (Geographic Information System) to create urban or landscape designs.
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