MLA | OMA | IDEO TEAM Selected To Design FAB Park in Los Angeles

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The City of Los Angeles selects the team lead by Mia Lehrer + Associates (MLA) to design a new public park at First and Broadway for the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks, and soon to be one of the most important civic spaces in the city’s vibrant downtown core. Led by Los Angeles based landscape architects MLA, the design team includes OMA as design architect, and innovation firm IDEO. The overall project management will be performed by the City’s Bureau of Engineering.

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The City of Toronto and The 519 announce team for Moss Park in Toronto

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The City of Toronto and The 519 are pleased to announce the design team that joins the More Moss Park public consultation process. The team lead by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA), will work with local residents and communities to develop a shared vision for recreational facilities and green space in Moss Park as part of the current feasibility study. The team includes MJMA, West 8, LGA Architectural Partners, and Public Studio.

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Canada creates landscape intervention for Venice Biennale

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Aerial View of EXTRACTION – Canada Pavilion Intervention at Venice Biennale in Giardini | Image via Twitter from Felix Torkar Asst. Curator Making Heimat

The Art Gallery of Alberta is proud to present Canada’s National Exhibition EXTRACTION, curated by OPSYS, to open at Biennale Architettura 2016 on May 28th. Located outside in the Giardini for the first time in the history of the biannual exhibition, the project presents an interactive landscape intervention—built into the ground—that reveals Canada’s global presence as pre-eminent extractive nation to the world. Through a unique audiovisual experience, EXTRACTION explores the scales, states, and systems of resource extraction, bringing to the surface its historical depths, as well as its political, ecological, and territorial dimensions.

The project is entirely about land, landscape, and landscape architecture. It calls attention to not only the territories of extraction that cities rely on, but the histories of colonization that underlies these territories. – Pierre Bélanger, Curator

 

A Walk in the Park of Empires from EXTRACTION on Vimeo.

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Registrations open for L Train Shutdown Charrette

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Van Alen Institute has opened registrations for the L Train Shutdown Charrette. The Canarsie tunnel connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn on the L line will be closed completely for one and a half years or closed partially for three years to make repairs due to damage from Superstorm Sandy. Van Alen Institute is holding a charette propose implementable interventions that look beyond shuttle buses and private cars. Participants from both design and non-design fields are invited to this program that asks how unforeseen design solutions can facilitate easier routes during service shutdowns.

Have an idea? There is no entry fee to enter. Form an interdisciplinary team of at least two people and send us your 150-word concept by midnight EDT on June 9. 

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Note from the Editor: Why is this posted on a landscape architecture blog? Because landscape architects look at problems at a macro scale and thought that a landscape architect teamed with an engineer, architect or other non-design discipline could create a disruptive solution. It will be interesting to see everyone’s ideas.

Image Credit | Van Alen Institute

Eight New York Parks to receive $40 million in improvements

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NYC Parks recently revealed the eight showcase parks selected for reconstruction using Parks Without Borders design principles. Launched in November 2015, supported by $50 million in Mayoral OneNYC funding, the new design concept better connects parks and communities and improves access by opening sight lines, beautifying edges, and adding furnishings to underutilized spaces. The announcement was made today during the agency’s PARKS WITHOUT BORDERS summit at The New School.
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Oak Grove Village | Malden & Melrose, MA, USA | Pressley Associates

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Oak Grove Village is located in the Boston suburbs of Malden and Melrose on 17.4 acres including 8.6 acres of green space, most of which is over parking structure.  . The phased 500 rental apartments are connected to the Oak Grove Orange Line T-Station by a new footbridge across a historic canal, whose banks were enhanced as part of the landscape vision. The planned unit development draws inspiration from historic New England towns.  Architecture and landscape architecture combine creating a sense of community.  Storefronts activate the street and dwelling units open out to accessible open space. Condensing building footprints, and placing much of the parking underground maximized the common green space.

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Downtown Fenwick Revitalization | Fenwick, Canada | The Planning Partnership

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In 1790, a confluence of agricultural trade routes resulted in the settlement of Fenwick, Ontario. Not unlike other rural communities, Fenwick grew as it needed to, with infrastructure built as required; never a cohesive vision, and always catering to vehicular and commercial priority. This project celebrates the re-envisioning of this community with a town centre, accessed by a revitalized the main street, Canboro Road and activated by furnishings implying a sense of pride and newfound sense of place.

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