World War I Memorial Design Competition

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World War I Centennial Commission is currently holding a design competition for the World War I Memorial to be located at Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.   Congress has authorized the World War I Centennial Commission to enhance the existing Pershing memorial by constructing on Pershing Park “appropriate sculptural and other commemorative elements, including landscaping.” The objective of this design competition is to transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial, within a revitalized urban park setting with a distinct sense of place that complements the memorial purpose while attracting visitors, workers, and residents of the District of Columbia.

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Chic Garden | IJLA

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IJLA were engaged in 2010 to initiate the transformation of the external environment for this country house. The house had recently undergone a complete transformation giving it a contemporary look.

The landscape masterplan was created, allowing the client to then decide on a phasing strategy. Initially the immediate arrival space was created using large blockwork and rendered planters through which generous steps were created. The choice of materials reflected the building materials and corresponding tones. Render was used for the planters with copings and steps in slate. Lighting was recessed into the planter walls throwing light across the step riser, along with up-lights to the topiary. Planting for the arrival space was designed to be contemporary and also seasonal whilst retaining structure and form.

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Image Credit | James McDonald Photography/Graphene Architects,

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VIDEO | See the South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from an inhabitants perspective

Aerial South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from Baha Media on Vimeo.

South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center was completed in 2009 by SSP Design, recently Baha Media filmed an aerial perspective taking in the many areas of the center and surrounding wetland areas. The video gives an interesting perspective and allows us to see how the vegetation and project have “grown-in” over the last 5-6 years.

Landscape Master Planning & Design | SSSP Design, LLC
Location | South Padre Island, TX
Architect | Richter Architects
Builder | Terry Ray Construction
Landscape Contractor | Green Thumb Landscape, Southern Landscapes

Video Credit | Baha Media

The Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center Campus Master Plan | Los Angeles, USA | AHBE Landscape Architects

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Using the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Medical Center Campus as a catalyst to create a “Community of Health and Wellness”, the project’s Planning Team developed a master plan that proposes a broad-based wellness approach with a 20-year implementation plan. The master plan features a series of practical and incremental improvements that foster strong community connections, establishes a new area identity and creatively addresses the social, economic, and environmental quality issues within this community.

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2015 WAF Awards Shortlists announced

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Novo Nordisk Nature Park by SLA Architects makes the WAF Awards shortlist

The World Architecture Festival has announced the finalists of the WAF  2015 Awards. There were more than 700 entries from architects and designers across the world with projects from 47 countries making this year’s shortlist. Shortlists were announced for 25 categories including Urban Project – Landscape with 7 projects making the shortlist.
Winners will be announced at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore held in early November. For the list shortlist…..

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