Taking a cue from the City’s creative, social-media-supported RFI, a group of designers from Sasaki, spanning graphic design, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, architecture, and programming specializations, launched a grassroots campaign that responds to the RFI on its same terms. They created the #PlazaPlus hashtag to spur further dialogue with the public around
#CityHallPlaza. Breaking with traditional project norms, the #PlazaPlus design team took to the streets, spending many weekend and night-time hours out on the plaza, hearing from community members and capturing their hopes in inspired visuals. The team collected over 100 handwritten suggestion cards from Bostonians, which reiterated that the public yearns for a usable plaza and that the ultimate solutions for this space will need to be comprehensive and thoughtful.
Recently, Barangaroo Point – Sydney’s new six-hectare harbour foreshore park – was opened for an industry and media preview co-hosted by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, ahead of a mid-2015 opening for the public.
Among luminaries of the global design community who attended the opening were landscape architect and founder of PWP Landscape Architecture, Peter Walker, who designed the park.
World Water Day (Sunday 21 March) is a great time to remember the role that landscape architects play in managing water in the landscape. Over the last decade Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) has increased in importance as the world understands the importance of water in cities and the effects of climate change. The video above published by the Landscape Institute is a great example of the material available on the net in assisting landscape architects understand WSUD, but also use the video as a tool to educate the public on the importance of water in cities.
The Littlehaven promenade and seawall scheme has transformed a stretch of South Shields’ seafront in northeast England from a neglected length of coastline into a desirable visitor destination. The project involved the demolition of a failing seawall, on-site reuse of excavated material in raising levels and landscaping of backing land areas, and construction of a 500m promenade and seawall along a new, landward and more sustainable, curved alignment. High-quality concrete finishes, bespoke public art and breath-taking streetscape were used to ensure this striking scheme captured the public imagination and revitalised the seafront.
One year after Hurricane Sandy took its toll on New York, Swedish architectural practice White Arkitekter, along with partners Arup and Gensler, were announced winners of an international two-phased design competition to redevelop the waterfront of Rockaway, Queens, which was particularly hard-hit by the effects of the superstorm.