YMCA Sand Beach Park | Austin USA | dwg. urban landscape architecture

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Austin has seen dramatic growth and change within its central core. Urban developing stresses continue to press against the network of preserved parkland and water systems. Compounding this, city parks are experiencing over-popularity on decreased operating and maintenance budgets, creating crisis situations for parkland. Sand Beach Park addresses these issues and re-imagines a new benchmark for sustainable planning, design, operations and funding of urban parks.

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Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Roof Garden | Toronto Canada | Scott Torrance Landscape Architect

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The project converted a 1980s office building into a centre offering social and cultural support services for the aboriginal community in downtown Toronto. A green roof was conceived as cultural and ceremonial grounds to charge unused space with vitality; to provide urban aboriginals with access to nature, rituals and customs; and to crown the building with greenery and the sounds of drumming and song to project a healthy aboriginal presence to the city.

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LANDinc in partnership with West 8 selected for Ontario Place

Ontario Place | Image Credit – Flickr User Danielle Scott

Back in September, WLA published the RFP for Ontario Place “seeking landscape architects with the expertise and capacity to design an urban park and waterfront trail along the east island of Ontario Place. Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Infrastructure”. Today, it was announced that LANDinc and West 8, working in partnership, have been chosen as the successful firm to design the new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place.

Once complete, the new urban park and waterfront trail will link to the existing 780 kilometre waterfront trail system — stretching from Niagara-on-the-Lake to east of Cornwall. It will also give residents and visitors access to part of the waterfront that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years.

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EVENT | Airport Landscape – Urban Ecologies in the aerial age

GSD-AirportHarvard University GSD is hosting an Exhibition and Conference titled Airport Landscape – Urban Ecologies in the aerial age. The Exhibition opened on October 30 and continues through to December 19. Their is also a conference at the GSD on November 14-15. Both events are curated and convened by Charles Waldheim and Sonja Dümpelmann.

Airport Landscape claims the airport as a site of and for landscape. Airports have never been more central to the life of cities, yet they remain peripheral in design discourse. In spite of this, landscape architects have recently reasserted their historic claims on the airfield as a site of design through a range of practices. Airport Landscape presents these practices through projects for the ecological enhancement of operating airfields and the conversion of abandoned airfields.

The exhibition features work by a range of leading landscape architects and designers including Agence Ter, Gross.Max., Hargreaves Associates, James Corner Field Operations, Lateral Office, LCLA, Mosbach Paysagistes, Office of Landscape Morphology, OpSys, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Topotek 1, West 8, and Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect. The conference convenes a discussion of the airport as landscape with sessions on airport cultures, infrastructures, and ecologies.
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World Table | University of Nevada – Las Vegas Downtown Design Center

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Our design will contribute to the art of the garden by celebrating the idea of a World Table. This  becomes a place where people are drawn together — some by choice, others by chance. The inviting nature of the table and its setting delight the senses. This experience is meant for visitors to let their guard down and provoke an interaction with those gathered around the table for serendipitous encounters, or formal, planned events.  This project may be constructed for less than $5000 at garden festivals, for parklets, or other events.
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