#PlazaPlus | Sasaki’s new take on City Hall Plaza


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.

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Back to the River Design Competition in London, Ontario


Back to the River, a paid design competition, is intended to revitalize a section of the Thames River corridor in London, Ontario, Canada by stimulating reinvestment and providing new opportunities for connection to the river.  The competition is sponsored by the London Community Foundation, the City of London and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

Through this two-stage design competition, the Sponsors seek a design vision for a 5km segment of the Thames River Corridor and detailed area plans for two focus areas with special city-building potential. At the most refined level of detail, the design submissions will identify implementable projects for each of the focus areas to enhance the environment, community quality of life, and economic development in London.

The Jury will, on the basis of submissions to the RFQ, select between three (3) and five (5) qualified Proponents to proceed to the RFP stage of the design competition. Each qualified Proponent who is invited to and submits a qualified response to the RFP will be awarded $40,000. The winning proposal will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate detailed design of the inaugural project for The Forks, one of the focus areas described above.”

The first stage, an open RFQ released May 6th with responses due June 3rd. Short listed proponents will be invited to respond to an RFP later in the summer.
For more information, see www.backtotheriver.ca

World Landscape Architecture welcomes Stantec as a new partner

We are very proud to announce that Stantec has become a new partner of World Landscape Architecture. Our partners assist us to continue publishing great landscape architecture projects and news from across the world.

Stantec is an international professional design and consulting services company with over 15,000 staff in more than 250 locations. With over 170 landscape architects, Stantec creates inspired landscapes that reflect context and user needs. Through analysis, planning, and design, they create sustainable environments that are functional, innovative, and attractive. Whether it’s enhancing a college campus,adapting a rooftop as a healing space, restoring an iconic urban park, designing a signature streetscape, or creating a new active sports complex, their landscape architects make valuable contributions to the quality of life in our communities.

We welcome Stantec as a partner and thank them for their support. Find out more about how you can become a World Landscape Architecture Partner.

Installation | Ken Smith: Fenway Deity | May 20-September 28, 2015

Fenway Deity, Ken Smith (2015) from John Dean on Vimeo.

Fenway Deity is part of the Garden Deities series created by Ken Smith. The large inflatable installation, with a psychedelic spiral pattern and gold chain, will hang from the historic façade of the Museum facing the Boston Fens. Learn more. The 2015 Landscape installation by Ken Smith is sponsored by the Friends of John Magee, in memory and celebration of his life in gratitude for his service to the Gardner Museum.

Image | Ken Smith, Collage Drawing of Fenway Deity.

LOCATION | HISTORIC PALACE, FENWAY FAÇADE, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA
DATES | May 20-September 28, 2015

1 Hotel & Homes | Miami Beach, USA | EDSA

The 1 Hotel and Residences is located on the northern border of South Beach and “Mid-Beach”, Florida and sits on 600 feet of pristine beachfront. The property was originally built in the 1970’s and its interior and exterior spaces are being redesigned in an effort to reach LEED certification. The 1 Hotel & Residences South Beach will feature 417 hotel rooms, four swimming pools including the largest pool in South Beach and famous rooftop pool, lush landscaping, a spa, fitness center, private beach amenities and a variety of entertainment and dining destinations, including a new signature farm-to-table restaurant.

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Review and Rewrite | Viby Sj, Denmark | LIW planning


The proposal ‘Review and Rewrite’ is based on the existing landscape as the fundamental value for creating a modern, locally based residential area with a close relation to nature and the countryside, focusing on human relations and stakeholder-based communities.

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Coen + Partners wins National Design Award for Landscape Architecture


Warroad U.S. Land Port of Entry | Coen + Partners | Copyright: Paul Crosby

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced the winners of the 2015  annual National Design Awards program, which recognize excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines.

This year’s recipients are Coen + Partners for Landscape Architecture; Michael Graves for Lifetime Achievement; Jack Lenor Larsen for Director’s Award; Rosanne Haggerty for Design Mind; Heath Ceramicsfor Corporate & Institutional Achievement; MOS Architects for Architecture Design;Project Projects for Communication Design; threeASFOUR for Fashion Design;John Underkoffler for Interaction Design; Commune for Interior Design; and Stephen Burks for Product Design.

The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 15, at Pier Sixty in New York during National Design Week, (Oct. 10–18). The design week aims to promote a better understanding of the role that design plays in all aspe

Congratulations to everyone at Coen + Parners for winning the National Design Award for landscape architecture. Founded by Shane Coen in 1991, Coen + Partners is a renowned landscape architecture practice based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through a process of collaboration, experimentation, and questioning, the firm’s work embraces the complexities of each site with quiet clarity and ecological integrity.

Image Copyright | Paul Crosby

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