Foothill College serves as an influential example of the integration of Landscape Architecture and Architecture in post World War II modernism and was immediately bestowed many top awards upon completion. One of the first junior colleges built after World War, and originally designed by architect Ernest Kump and landscape architect Peter Walker, the campus master plan was structured around the idea of an “acropolis”, with the campus located at the top of the hill. Vehicles were relegated to the edges of the campus, and the pedestrian oriented campus core was dignified and tranquil. A rolling campus green, large central grove and intimate academic courts that were an extension of the classroom pavilions created a successful hierarchy of landscape spaces and employed a distinct design language whose structural clarity remains today. Withstanding the test of time the project was awarded the ASLA National Classic Award in 1993.
Continue reading Foothill College | Los Altos California | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects
For a long time the historic canals in the urban landscape of Rotterdam were forgotten. Today water plays the prominent role, that once it had within the city and can be discovered by visitors once again. The transformation of Stadwater is in fact a reversion of the relationship between the city and its urban canals. Since medieval times the urban water was not orientated towards the water, resulting in back-sides of the buildings along the water and anonymous public realm along the water, such as parking spaces and delivery roads. The canal route was fragmented, all having their own name: Stokviswater, Haagse Veer, Delftse Vaart, Zijl, Steigersgracht, en de Leuvekolk.
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The year’s shortest days are almost here, and that means, happily, the return of Luminothérapie to Quartier des Spectacles. On December 10, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership unveiled the two participatory works comprising the fourth annual edition of the event that celebrates Quebec’s northern climate. Every day until February 2, starting at nightfall, the luminous installation Entre les rangs will turn Place des Festivals into a wonderland.
Continue reading Entre Les Rangs | Montreal Canada | Kanva architecture firm
An ever-changing landscape that brings life to the city before it is built, and nature that cleans pollution, creates new communities and provide amenity value for all. That is the fundamental idea behind the development of a temporary, recreational landscape as a precursor to the overall urban development of a new city in Denmark that is now in the finals of one of the world’s most prestigious urban development awards, the World Smart Cities Awards 2013.
Continue reading FredericiaC | Fredericia Denmark | SLA
In the coming years, 99 dikes in the Netherlands have to be reinforced. Besides their function to protect, these flood defences have an impact on the functioning of their surrounding area. That’s why we –as spatial designers- asked ourselves if a dike can be more than just a monotone embankment. DELVA Landscape Architects and Dingeman Deijs Architect developed six new typologies for dikes in six different landscapes. We worked with experts in the field of engineering and technology.
Continue reading Rijkere Dijken (‘Richer Dikes’) | research by DELVA Landscape Architects with Dingeman Deijs Architect