Recently, the annual Olmsted Lecture was given by Joseph Disponzio at the Harvard GSD. Disponzio gives an interesting lecture exploring the intellectual origins of landscape architecture and the term landscape architect.
“Exploring the transformation of the modeling of land from garden-making to landscape architecture, this lecture by Joseph Disponzio will establish the intellectual origins of landscape architecture in relation to the new garden practices that emerged during the 18th century, and the texts that codified these practices, amid Enlightenment-era changes in the understanding of nature. Disponzio is Preservation Landscape Architect for the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and Director of the Landscape Design program at Columbia University. He has taught at several institutions, published widely on garden history from the 18th century to the present, and is currently writing introductions for an edition of N. Vergnaud’s L’Art de créer les jardins (1835) and a translation of Jean-Marie Morel’s Théorie des jardins (1776).”
After the reconstruction of an old house and turning the garden upside down, only a single flower species bravely survived: a snowdrop. The garden is located at the edge of a municipal forest in a suburb of Prague. There are 800 square metres of old orchard and an overly dense growth of exotic conifers around a villa built around 1930. The romantic house was very lovingly restored, and the idea for the future garden was similar: to save all healthier trees and bring back the charming atmosphere of the era between the World Wars.
Continue reading Villa Snowdrop | Prague Czech Republic | Jana Pyskova
Jaanila Country, a masterplan by KCAP Architects & Planners has been awarded with the Habitat award for the best residential public space design in the Leningrad region (St. Petersburg), Russia. The public space of Jaanila Country has been developed in cooperation with landscape architects Felixx. It was chosen as first prize winner out of a selection of 13 nominated projects. The regional Habitat contest is hosted by the Leningrad Union of Building Organisations and has been held for the first time. It aims to honor new developments for their contribution to the public environment.
Continue reading ‘Jaanila Country’ by KCAP with Felixx awarded with Habitat award for public space design
+50 Landscape Project is a landscape initiative situated in the heart of a small village in the south east of Ireland. Completed in 2013 the project represents the coming together of landscape architecture and community endeavour in a uniquely procured enterprise. +50 references the number of participants involved in the project.
Continue reading +50 Landscape Project | Kildavin, Ireland | Bernadette Kinsella
*UPDATE* The location has been changed from the Marine Etablissement site to an artificial island in the IJ waterfront. Participants are asked to design a new island for the MH17 Memorial in the Amsterdam “Internal Sea” – IJmeer, situated between the Java-eiland and Amsterdam-Noord, the rapidly developing part of the city. The size and configuration of the new artificial island is up to the participants and can be up to 8Ha within the borders of the highlighted area in the DWG drawing (please see the Download Section). The site can be accessed by popular water transport (ferry/taxi) via nearby stations. The site is only 1800m away from the Amsterdam Central ferry station and is located right next to the Oostveer Ferry Station route. Find out more information about the location change to the ideas competition at the official MH17 MEMORIAL + PARK website
matterbetter is inviting architects, young professionals and students to participate in open-ideas international competition for MH17 Memorial + Park in Amsterdam, that is organized in consultation with Municipality of Amsterdam.
An international open ideas competition for architects and students is initiated to remember and honor the victims of the MH17 tragedy. This man-made tragedy has influenced thousands of lives in direct or indirect manner across the entire world. Most of all this tragedy has affected the Netherlands – the Dutch nation that lost 193 souls in this catastophe. Therefore Amsterdam, the departure point of this one way flight, was selected as a location for the MH17 Memorial.
Continue reading MH17 Memorial Design Ideas Competition *UPDATE*
The richess and depth of Norges-la-Ville, a french village near Dijon, is bonded to the natural source of the river Norges. Depending on the season and the river’s mood, the zone was hardly accessible so far, depriving the local population of the stunning beauty of this landscape. The purpose of this project was to rehabilitate the wet meadows nearby and enlarge the space around the source.
Continue reading Wet meadows to the Source | Norges-la-Ville, France | Territoires Landscape Architects
Design and Innovative Idea prize of the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire. Based on the thematic “gardens of the deadly sins”, Bloom creates an abstract and fairy space between profusion and reserve.
Continue reading “BLOOM” | 2014 International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire | NAS Architecture