Thirty Penn State landscape architecture majors received valuable hands-on experience at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s masonry lab. The afternoon visit provided the Penn State students with the opportunity to work with materials and processes often part of their designs: brick, block, artificial stone and archways. Penn College masonry students served as instructors.
The Library of Landscape Heritage has just released a new video, The Best Planned City: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System. The short documentary (under 15 mins) is based on the LALH book by Francis R. Kowsky, which explores the development of the nation’s first park system, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1868. All films in the North America by Design series are produced by LALH in association with Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.
The planning concept for the park is an expression of the traces of its past and the important moments of its history. The esplanade also highlights the spirit of place found in the contemporary urban grid of the neighborhood. The park becomes a witness to the site’s history, commemorating it through three key landscape elements: the river and its piers, the vestiges of former railways lines, and the historic city in development.
For New York–a metropolis realized on its maritime potentialities–oceanic borders now threaten America’s most populous region and premiere city. Illustrated through the ongoing havoc and devastation caused by tropical storm Sandy, in New York City climate change has become an irrevocable reality. In response to this unprecedented environmental crisis Spoil Islands envisions landscape architectural interventions that utilizes local dredge material and improve dredge-related practices to abate coastal flooding and enhance coastal habitat.
As South Boston’s working waterfront transforms into a modern office, retail, and residential high-rise district, Richard Burck Associates (RBA) identified a need for ‘democratic’ open space. This new park design was influenced by research into the site’s native views, wind and sun exposures, and varied social conditions. RBA has created an elevated deck that borders upon a sloping lawn, offering compelling views of the site and harbor beyond and establishing compelling connections to adjacent buildings and uses.