INTERVIEW | Matthew Strange | Curbed Young Guns Semi-finalist

Matthew-Strange-Headshot Recently, we heard about Matthew Strange, a landscape architect who has made the Curbed Young Guns semi-finals. Curbed Young Guns is in its first year, aims to identify promising up-and-coming talent (35 and under) in the fields of architecture, interior design, and urban development. We interviewed Matthew via email about making the Curbed Young Guns semi-finals.

WLA: How does it feel to be nominated a Curbed young gun “in the fields of architecture, interior design, and urban development”?
I’m still sort of shocked, actually. The principal of my current firm, Tom Balsley, nominated me a few weeks ago – which was obviously a huge honor, but also very unexpected. He has been a great influence on me as a designer, so I’m truly grateful to him for the opportunity. It makes my upcoming move back to Hoerr Schaudt in Chicago even more bittersweet.

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Team West 8 wins design competition for conversion of former School of Infantry and urban park in Montpellier, France

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Earlier this month Hélène Mandroux, Mayor of Montpellier announced that West 8 in collaboration with Montpellier architects, Boyer-Percheron-Assus, is the winner of the urban design competition for the conversion of the former School of Infantry site (EAI) (35 ha) in the city of Montpellier. Team West 8 beat fellow competitors BIG Agency and Bau-B. West 8’s proposal emphasizes rejuvenation of the pre-existing condition to “subtly transform the site from one state to another, without upsetting the heritage” explains Michaël Delafosse, Deputy Major and urbanism delegate. The proposed redevelopment of the EAI into a new district will be presented to the public in September. Development of the neighborhood will be led by Thierry Laget from SAAM (Development Company of the city of Montpellier).

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Rio Perdido Thermal Spa | Bagacas Costa Rica | VIDA

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VIDA was engaged in late 2010 by Costa Plan to join an established design team to provide Landscape Architectural services for the already master planned and designed destination spa and thermal river experience. The site is located a short drive from the town of Bagaces in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The property is estimated to be around 230 hectares and features spectacular views to the Miravalles Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and the alluvial plains of the Pacific Coast. The property features a thermal river that dramatically cuts through the property exposing rugged cliffs and a scattering of enormous boulders remnant from volcanic activity.
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Bellamy Park | Vlissingen Netherlands | OKRA

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The location of Bellamy Park in Vlissingen is unique, certainly in the Netherlands and because of its relation to the Western Scheldt and the sea. The Bellamy Park, the de Ruyterplein and the Beursplein in Vlissingen form an ensemble of spaces in the context of a changing maritime town. The image of the big ships in town has disappeared. The maritime character presents itself much more refined. The town centre has enlarged itself psychologically, with the developments around the Arsenaal and the fishing harbour, and recently with redeveloped squares and streets.

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This Week in Landscape | 28 July 2013

Another week in landscape links when food and farming (horizontal and vertical) are in the news

Vertical Farm at Ohare Airport

Chicago O’Hare Airport Vertical Farm | Flickr User chip_munk1

The Next Trend In Landscape Design: Foodscapes | Sustainable Business
“As food security becomes a bigger issue, landscape designers are being encouraged to change their focus from aesthetics to edible fruits and vegetables.” Article responding to
Eating the Landscape: Aesthetic Foodscape Design and its role in Australian Landscape Architecture [pdf] by Joshua Zeunert

The futuristic vertical farms that could solve Hong Kong’s space shortage | Sofia Mitra-Thakur | South China Morning Post
“As populations in China and Hong Kong grow and space for farming rapidly runs out, governments are looking for the answer to the question of how they will feed swelling ranks of people.”

In the future, we will all be home gardeners [future of home living] | PSFK
Riley’s company Windowfarms makes vertical hydroponic platforms for growing food in city windows.

Tending Vertical Gardens | Costance Rosenblum | NY Times
“These leafy expanses, sometimes flecked with flowers, can evoke anything from a tropical jungle to a Monet landscape. But because gardens were intended to be horizontal, not vertical, and because water, left to its own devices, flows down, not sideways, they are challenging to maintain.”

The Scale of Performance: Investigating a Range of Landscape Projects and Benefits | John Whalen, MLA Candidate and Jinki Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Landscape Architecture Foundation
“Our team is working at three locations that vary substantially in size and project type, thus creating very interesting and distinct research questions regarding social, environmental and economic benefits.”

The Best Defense Against Catastrophic Storms: Mother Nature | Elizabeth Rauer | Stanford Woods
The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, offers the first comprehensive map of the entire U.S. coastline that shows where and how much protection communities get from natural habitats such as sand dunes, coral reefs, sea grasses and mangroves.

The Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport | Clare Lyster | Places – Design Observer
“To mitigate the toxicity of glycol-laced stormwater runoff, several north-latitude airports, including Buffalo Niagara International, have installed engineered wetlands…”

Our Public Infrastructure – Out of Sight, Out of Mind? | Gustavo Jacome | Stantec Is..
“As extreme weather events become more frequent, the question keeps coming up: Why can’t our infrastructure handle it? There are a few reasons…..”

How Better Urban Design Makes Us Healthier, Happier, and Sexier | Jeffrey Tumlin | GOOD
What happens when we redesign the human habitat to take walking out of daily life? Over 35 percent of Americans are now clinically obese. That’s partly because of diet, but also because we’ve designed our cities for cars.

IMAGE CREDIT |  Flickr User chip_munk1

 

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