PROFILE | Signe Nielsen, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

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Signe Nielsen | Principal, Mathews Nielsen

To celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8), we thought it would be great to talk to Signe Nielsen, Principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. Mathews Nielsen has several projects currently showing as part of the Built By Women exhibition in New York.   Signe Nielsen is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and has led more than 400 projects, nationally and globally. But her sense of design’s public mission extends far beyond these interventions. In addition to her hands-on project leadership, she is the co-author of several books on sustainable and green design for the NYC Department of Design and Construction. Signe has taught at Pratt Institute for more than two decades and has also lectured and juried competitions at institutions around the world, including Harvard University and the Ecole Normale Superiure in Paris.

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EVENT | Leading with Landscape | May 21-24 | Toronto, Canada


The Cultural Landscape Foundation will hold the Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape conference & tours on May 21-24 in Toronto, Canada. The conference will tackle numerous issues including those that deal with the city’s identity – what does it mean for a 21st century city to be historic and modern at the same time? – and stewardship – what new models for public/private financing and management are emerging?

Speakers include Claude Cormier, Adriaan Geuze, Janet Rosenburg, Thomas L. Woltz, Elizabeth Silver, Charles B. Birnbaum and many more. Speakers will examine how existing parks and open spaces are adapted to accommodate contemporary and future needs and expectations, and how innovative landscape planning and design techniques developed in Toronto apply to other cities, and vice versa – and the impact of imported ideas on local conditions.

The conference will be held from May 21 at the University of Toronto with a tour to be also held at the Evergreen Brick Works.

For more information goto the Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape website.

Image Credit | Sugar Beach, Toronto | Claude Cormier  © Claude Cormier architectes paysagistes

World Landscape Architecture is a proud media partner of the Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape 


Small and Great Ends by White Arkitekter


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One year after Hurricane Sandy took its toll on New York, Swedish architectural practice White Arkitekter, along with partners Arup and Gensler, were announced winners of an international two-phased design competition to redevelop the waterfront of Rockaway, Queens, which was particularly hard-hit by the effects of the superstorm.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park | Philadelphia USA | Groundswell Design Group

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Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) is a temporary intervention that reconnects Philadelphia to an underutilized park on the Delaware River and extends the public green space into the river’s channel. Located at the Christopher Columbus Memorial at Penn’s Landing, SSHP is a true celebration of the Delaware River as a place where fun and recreation meets commerce and industry.

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Kathryn Gustafson to give lecture at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Kathryn Gustafson is giving the third lecture in Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Landscape Lectures on February 12 in Boston. Gustafson is a partner in Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle and Gustafson Porter in London. Her work incorporates the fundamental sculptural and sensual qualities that enhance the human experience of landscape. She is only the third landscape architect to have received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gustafson is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a medalist of the French Academy of Architecture. Along with her partners at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, she received the National Design Award for Landscape Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Landscape Lectures begin at 7 pm in Calderwood Hall. Lectures include Museumadmission and require a ticket; tickets can be reserved online, in person at the door, or by phone.

EVENT | Simulating Natures | March 19-20 2015

Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys  with generous support from PennDesign are organising a “symposium explores how recent forms of media influence our understanding and formation of landscapes” with a keynote lecture by James Corner on March 19.

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Penn State call for applicants | A.E. Bye/Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow

The Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State is announcing a call for the A.E. Bye/Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for the academic year 2015–16.
The fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend for a minimum of one week of archival research in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The complete archives (drawings, papers, photographs, and videos) of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A.E. Bye are held at Penn State (as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz). Applications are due on or before Monday, March 2, 2015.
More Information on the Bye collection may be found at Penn State.

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