STUDENT PROJECT | Rethinking the Rez | Jeff M. Jones


This is a conceptual graduate student project that was undertaken as part of a studio led by Laurie Olin at the University of Pennsylvania in the spring semester of 2014. It focused on revitalizing Crownpoint, New Mexico, USA, a small town on the Navajo Reservation, in one of the poorest counties in the United States. The design creates a new cultural route to promote Navajo heritage and to provide a new source of income for the community. A swale along the route collects storm water and uses it to irrigate community gardens at the center of the city. Both the route and the swale work with the existing topography to minimize the cost of regrading, since their budget is limited.

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Park n’ Play | Northern Harbor, Denmark | Active City Transformation


The parking facility PARK N’ PLAY is ACTs ambitious competition proposal that seeks to reinvent the parking house typology. The project that was developed in January 2014 amplifies the urban qualities and activities by prolonging the range of these up through the elevations and on to the roof. With a breathing and adaptable façade system the four facades are designed specifically for their four very different urban relations. Through an adaptable façade system of steel frames and stretch metal sheets a green strategy is incorporated to give shelter from sun and rain and yet offer an added value to the interior of the building complex.


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Békás-tó park | Debrecen, Hungary | Gardenworks


The park of Békás-tó is situated in the middle of Nagyerdő, parkforest of the city of Debrecen (the center of the north-east Hungarian region). Nearly 20 hectares of neglected forest were turned into a vivid, popular public park, which is able to act like a representative “green core” of the city and a place for citizens, tourists and nature-lovers to relax, interact with each other at the same time.


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The Sky themed 2015 Triumph Pavilion | London, UK | Nonscale

The Triumph Pavilion at the Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green, London, next to the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum of Childhood coincides with the London Festival of
Architecture, is one of the main annual highlights of Pavilions in the capital during summer.

Nonscale, a Tokyo based Japanese practice were selected to design this year’s Pavilion with their unique proposal and contemporary interpretation of this year’s Triumph Pavilion theme of “Sky”. The theme posed an exciting prospect and one that aimed to inspire architects and designers to explore the 5th facade of most architectural building design projects.

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ASLA Announces 2015 Honors


Klyde Warren Park by The Office of James Burnett winner of 2015 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced its 2015 honors recipients. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. The honors will be presented at the president’s dinner on November 9 at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO.

Honors included:

ASLA Medal | M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA,
M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect.

ASLA Design Medal | Thomas Balsley, FASLA
Thomas Balsley, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Design Medal in recognition of his exceptional design work.

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VIDEO | Creating a Site Model from an Imported DWG in Vectorworks

Vectorworks has created a great video that shows how easy it is to create 3D contours and Site Model (Terrain Model) from a DWG drawing.

Nemetschek Vectorworks is a partner of World Landscape Architecture

Mario Schjetnan wins the IFLA – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award

The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), recently announced that Mario SCHJETNAN from Mexico has been selected as the winner of the 2015 premier award for Landscape Architecture, the IFLA – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.

The Award Jury composed of a Landscape Architect from each of the 5 IFLA regions, and the President of UIA (Union International of Architects) who served for the first time as a guest jury member, agreed with the Mexican Society of Landscape Architects (SAPM), who nominated him for the award, that “Mario Schjetnan is a truly outstanding figure in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in Mexico, Latin America, and the USA.” His contribution has been not only through the realisation of many important projects, but also as an academic, sharing his knowledge and passion for the profession with others.

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award was launched in 2004 on a quadrennial basis. Its inaugural recipient was Peter Walker (USA) in 2005. Prof. Bernard Lassus (France) was awarded in 2009, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander in 2011, Mihály Möcsényi in 2012, 2013 Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and for 2014 Sun Xiao Xiang. Since 2011 the award has been bestowed annually.

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The IFLA President, Kathryn Moore, will make the announcement in the Award Ceremony on 12 June 2015, during the 2015 IFLA World Congress in St Petersburg.


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