HUD launches Rebuild by Design competition to promote resilience for Sandy-affected regions

Image Credit | Flickr User srslyguys

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently launched REBUILD BY DESIGN, a multi-stage regional design competition. The goal of the competition is to attract world-class talent, promote innovation and develop projects that will actually be built. Once the best ideas are identified, HUD will incentivize their implementation using funds made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program as well as other public and private funds. Examples of design solutions are expected to range in scope and scale – from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits.

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ecological histories | Thessaloniki Greece

The site of Eptapirgio has a special identity and atmosphere, abundant natural beauty and astonishing views. The site itself forms the inspiration for the project, its genius loci is wished to be maintained. Monument, landscape and memory are strongly attached to this place. The intervention has a strong ecological –bioclimatic aspect and uses few elements to organize the place. The concept derives from the defensive character of the walls. It is seen as a new layer of filtering from the urban tissue to the interior enclosed historical landscape that is the protagonist.
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Landscape architects to work on masterplan for Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Grant Associates has been appointed by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney to help develop a new sustainable masterplan for the historic Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and adjacent public Domain.
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‘The Meeting Room’ | Maya Lin | Newport USA

The Doris Duke Monument Foundation (DDMF), an offshoot of the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), has delivered an installation at Queen Anne Square in Newport, RI, with a dual purpose. It was created to honor the memory of Doris Duke, who championed Newport’s historic preservation and left an enduring legacy of historic architecture; and created to honor the effect of historic preservation as a catalyst for community revitalization.

The installation, entitled ‘The Meeting Room’, was created by Maya Lin, an artist selected for her thoughtfulness in approaching the site, its historic context, the visitor, and the important contributions made to Newport by Doris Duke. The landscaping was designed by Edwina von Gal, a talented landscape architect whom Maya Lin personally selected for this project.

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Lizard Log | Sydney Australia | McGregor Coxall

The original Lizard Log parklands (formerly known as Pimelea) was constructed prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The Western Sydney Parklands Trust engaged McGregor Coxall to revitalise and extend the parks facilities by first undertaking a master plan and then designing and documenting the master plan.

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This Week in Landscape | May 19 2013

After a two week break, This Week in Landscape is back with the landscape links from this week.

Tree planted in memory to Olympic architect | ITV
A large oak tree will be planted in memory of John Hopkins, who was responsible for the London 2012 parklands, transforming an urban corner of east London into an ecological park. The oak tree will be planted in heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in the newly named Hopkins Field.

With Security, Trade Center Faces New Isolation | David W. Dunlap | NY Times
“…neighbors and planners worry that the trade center will once again feel cut off from its surroundings, a place where security credentials prevail, traffic is unwelcome and every step is scrutinized,”

Public gardens: A new model blossoms | Adrian Higgins | Washington Post
Brady is a Washington-based landscape architect who has spent much of the past five years working on the garden[New York Botanical Garden’s new native plant garden] with her colleagues at Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architects — OvS — alongside a team at the botanic garden.

Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick Brings a New Meaning to Green Design |
The Smithsonian interviews Margie Ruddick winner of the 2013 National Design Award

The ultimate roof garden | Francine Raymond | Telegraph
“The ultimate outdoor space: The Kensington Roof Gardens”

Human Scale at Hudson Yards | J. Michael Welton | Huffington Post
“More recently, NBW trumped entries by OLIN Partners and Sasaki in a competition for the design of 14 acres of grand parks and open spaces at Hudson Yards in Manhattan…”

CCNY Landscape Architecture thesis project wins Wayne Grace Prize | CCNY
“Chiara Di Palma, a 2012 graduate of the Spitzer School of Architecture’s Master of Landscape Architecture program, proposed a solution that would enable New York’s container ports to receive larger ships. At the same time, it would promote a healthier coastal ecology.”

It’s easy to go green, says local landscape architect Michael Felton | James Qualtrough |Isle News
“In recognition of Green Office Week, which runs from 13th to 17th May 2013, local landscape architect, Michael Felton, is encouraging island businesses to transform their offices into plant friendly, green environments.”

EVENT | Chelsea Garden Show 2013
The RHS 2013 Chelsea Garden Show opens this week celebrating 100 years.

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User |  The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

King Abdullah Financial District Conference Center | Riyadh Saudi Arabia | HM White

One of the five programmed “Attractor Parcels” of Henning Larsen Architect’s urban master plan, the KAFD Conference Center emerges as an iconic structure within the District’s southern terminus to its central public “Wadi” landscape. In collaboration with the Center’s architect – SOM, HM White has led its scientific team to design and implement this fusion of landscape and structure. The landscape design re-introduces native arid grasses and flora into a large scale public space setting. These indigenous plant communities spatially organize and blur the boundaries between the building’s undulating “exoskeleton” skin and its surrounding structural desert landscape. Arabian Peninsula meadow desert grasses and trees emerge as the connective tissue and establish an appropriately scaled expansive campus landscape.
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