The concept is simple: create an unusual work where users can comfortably sit and contemplate to the sound of wind and waves, along the majesty of the banks of the St. Lawrence. The designer wanted to create a memorial while integrating functional street furniture. And so he imagined majestic sails of white oak, concrete and metal, echoing the chapter in history and to be installed where Fort Vercheres stood in 1670. The white oak was chosen by the designer as the same wood was used in the seventeenth century for the construction of sailboats and barrels.
University of Arkansas Honors College students Adel Vaughn and Mary Nell Patterson have won the Student Award in the Envision Little Rock 2013 Ideas Competition, which challenged Arkansas designers to develop an iconic gateway to the city of Little Rock. Both Vaughn and Patterson are third-year landscape architecture students in the university’s Fay Jones School of Architecture.
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.