After a nationwide search, officials with nonprofit Houston Botanic Garden just named West 8 to lead the master plan development for the city’s newest green space on the Glenbrook Golf Course property, a 120-acre tract of public land in southeast Houston just outside the 610 Loop in the area between downtown and Hobby Airport.
Houston Botanic Garden officials state they will be seeking input from nearby communities throughout the entire master planning process, as well as from stakeholders across the city. The first community meeting is targeted for mid-May, with a date and location to be announced.
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Conceptual Rendering of Pennovation Plaza. Courtesy of HWKN and LAND COLLECTIVE.
The design development for the new Pennovation Center has received approval from the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees. This 58,000-square-foot, three-story facility is located in the heart of the Pennovation Works, Penn’s 23-acre site along the southern bank of the Schuylkill River and adjacent to the University campus. The Center’s design by New York-based architects HWKN (Hollwich Kushner) rehabilitates an existing industrial building once used for materials-science research, bringing it back to life as Penn’s hub for innovation, research and entrepreneurialism. The creative design team which has collaborated with Penn on the project includes HWKN, design architect; KSS Architects, architect of record; landscape architects Land Collective; and consultants Bruce Mau Design.
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Why not in the garden? is a short-term, mobile and changeable, accessible and versatile pop-up. It is a public garden on wheels and, started from dawn on Monday 13th April, with a stage performance, plants and flowers were added throughout the morning.
The Why not in the garden? design.
What makes this installation different is green on wheels, a module in two versions. The vertical element is a light iron structure painted in bright colours with wooden benches and espaliers for the pots of plants, while the horizontal element is a an iron platform-flower bed. The modules are all mounted on bicycle tires painted the same colours as the structure which holds aromatic, garden and flowering plants. The artwork on the flooring traces the different layouts of Why not in the garden? during the time it will be at the Expo Gate, showing what will be happening there. A 40-metre-long cardboard table will run the length of the square for the late-night spaghetti party on Thursday 16 April.
Lunch on the 40metre long table at Expo Gate on 15 April 2015
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The city of Tønsberg is situated on the south coast of Norway and has a long history of habitation, religion and fisheries. The prosess of revitalising the historical centre was inspired by nature and culture – the old and the new. When using the piazza the experience should be that of a comprehensive scale, reflecting the history and at the same time, give a contemporary feeling.
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Evan Mather, landscape architect at AHBE Landscape Architects and award-winning filmmaker is looking for funding for his second feature film project – Hringvigur. You may remember Mather’s first feature file – From Sea To Shining Sea, a journey across the USA from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He is currently making preparations for Hringvigur, a time-lapse video and audio collage of this circumnavigation around Iceland. Mather sees the film as “using video to immerse the viewer in a landscape to achieve an experiential quality. The use of time-lapse video compresses the journey into both a manageable length and allows the viewer to observe the dynamics of shifting landscapes.”
April is World Landscape Architecture Month (not related to WLA website), and to celebrate Evan Mather has launched his Kickstarter campaign to fund Hringvigur. Please help out a fellow landscape architect by contributing to make his second film become a reality.
Video Credit | “Hringvigur” – Kickstarter Pitch Video from Evan Mather on Vimeo.
The City of Cambridge is pleased to announce the selection of Somerville based Richard Burck Associates as the winner of the Connect Kendall Square Open Space Planning Competition. Richard Burck Associates was chosen by a six member jury after the culmination of a three stage process spanning eight months.
Four teams of finalists (Sitelab, Framework Cultural Placemaking, MVVA, and Richard Burck and Associates) were charged with developing an open space plan framework guided by a vision and planning and design goals identified through a robust public process spearheaded by the City and the Eastern Cambridge and Kendall Square Open Space (ECKOS) Study Committee.
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Christie Stewart with parents in Canola field
HASSELL has announced Christie Stewart from the University of Western Australia as the winner of the 2015 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award.
Christie was selected following interviews with 18 students, nominated by the seven participating universities around Australia. Her research project, Ameliorating Agriculture: Cultivating Biodiversity, explored the integration of environmental and ecological systems design with emerging precision agriculture technology as an innovative approach to the sustainability challenges facing broadacre farmers in Western Australia’s wheatbelt.
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