Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners wins Waller Creek Design Competition

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners win Waller Creek Design Competition

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners has won the  international design competition to design Waller Creek, a thin, urban riparian ecosystem that meanders for through Austin, Texas from the northern part of the City southward through The University of Texas at Austin campus and along the eastern edge of the downtown area before it meets Lady Bird Lake.  The MVVA Team, led by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Thomas Phifer, brings together professionals aiming to, “create an exciting and humane landscape that will be critical to great city life in Austin.”

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2050 Ultra Flood Plain | Ayutthaya Thailand | Shma

2050 Ultra Flood Plain | Ayutthaya Thailand | Shma
The goal of modern development has created a clear separation between agricultural and industrial activities, between human and nature, between fluid and solid territories, which become a threat to human living. As we move forwards and slowly detach from nature, we neglect the power of it and forget how we once live with it. Ayutthaya is the city which illustrates such on-going situation clearly, from the day when water was city’s breath to the day when water become city’s catastrophe to local economy, society and environment. In planning for the prospect Ayutthaya we shall try to understand the formation of crisis, in order to determine the new balance between water, Ayutthaya living and Chao Phraya river basin.

2050 Ultra Flood Plain | Ayutthaya Thailand | Shma

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VIDEO | Ken Smith on aesthetics in Landscape Architecture

Ken Smith recently gave a lecture at Taubman College at the University of Michigan about aesthetics in landscape architecture. During the one and half hour lecture Ken goes through many of projects undertaken by WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect.

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Hunts Point Landing Opens | South Bronx USA | Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Hunts Point Landing Opens | South Bronx USA | Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, announces the opening of Hunts Point Landing. Hunts Point Landing is part of the South Bronx Greenway Master Plan which creates sustainable connections between the waterfront and the residential and business communities in the Hunts Point peninsula.The plan is designed to address needs of the South Bronx’s businesses and residents through a process of community-building design and collaborative planning. The new park is one of just eight projects to achieve certification in the prestigious pilot SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative)program, selected from among 150 considered.
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Gardens by the Bay and Kallang River Bishan Park win World Architecture Festival Awards

Gardens By the Bay with the award winning ‘Cooled Conservatories’ on the left. Image ©Robert Such

This week the World Architecture Festival has been under way and yesterday the festival awards were announced with Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore winning the landscape prize and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore winning World Building of the Year.

Kallang River Bishan Park winner of World Architecture Festival landscape prize

Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl won the landscape prize as the judges deemed “This remarkable project fundamentally transforming the urban landscape of Singapore by rethinking the fundamentals of 1960s thinking, transforming a drainage canal into an eco- and people-friendly urban space.”

Gardens by the Bay winning World Building of the Year with the award officially going to  Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the design of the Cooled Conservatories. However, Paul Finch, Festival Director stressed at the awards ceremony that this was a magnificent team effort and that the whole team should be recognised – in addition to the architect, the landscape architect Grant Associates and engineers Atelier One and Atelier Ten. Congratulations to Atelier Dreiseitl and all of the Gardens By the Bay team.

We have featured both projects in the past and you can revisit Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl and Gardens by the Bay.

 

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