April is World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2016) and is a month long celebration of Landscape Architecture across the world through social media (twitter, instagram, facebook and more) by taking photos of landscape architecture with the “This is Landscape Architecture” card and adding the hashtag #WLAM2016.
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Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects announces the completion of the Randall Island Connector. The last of five funded projects in the firm’s twenty-project South Bronx Greenway master plan, this quarter-mile, dual-use path links 132nd Street with Manhattan’s Randall’s Island, providing pedestrians and cyclists with the first direct access to its 330-acre park, which opened in 1936. Today, the island’s amenities include more than 60 sports fields, a golf center, batting cages, boardwalks, picnic locales, and natural resources areas.
The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced the recipients of the National Awards of Excellence. This year, 11 projects received a national award and one project, Lansdowne Park, was selected for the Jury’s Award of Excellence, given to one project per year which best demonstrates the CSLA’s vision (advancing the art, science and practice of landscape architecture). In addition, 7 projects were attributed an honourary mention on behalf of the jury.
Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) have released the key strategies developed through Future Ground, a competition to generate design and policy strategies for vacant land reuse.
Over the course of six months in 2015, the three winning multidisciplinary design teams – NOLEX, PaD, and STOSS – tackled fundamental questions not only about vacant land, but also about creating more equitable cities: How can we build unconventional partnerships to improve quality of life in underserved communities? Continue reading Six Key Strategies for Vacant Land in the Future City
The Tiger Glen Garden is a courtyard garden in the new wing of the Johnson Museum of Art. The design uses a minimalist palette of stone and moss to evoke an ancient Chinese parable known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen. As such, the garden is not simply a restive place, the design of which is intended to be only pleasing and calming. It is a meaningful place. A garden that has a story to tell.
For this project we designed a new type of urban cemetery on a parcel of land owned by The University of Texas at Austin–the site of the soon-to-be-decommissioned Lions Municipal Golf Course. Existing master plans leave scant green space in favor of dense urban fabric. Our design incorporates neighborhood and city planning into a reimagining of the long term value of the site socially, financially, and ecologically for UT and larger community. Several of our main challenges were: lack of urban cemetery space, hydrology, city densification, and loss of green and historical place. These helped us mold new opportunities for the site. Continue reading University of Texas Students propose an ecological cemetery in Austin, Texas