VIDEO | Stormwater Management Ecological Services Metrics

Stormwater is important part of any landscape and even more so in cities.  Cities are striving to understand water and stormwater management and implement water sustainable design principles. This 5 minute video recently posted on vimeo by DBA Inc. gives graphic information about a New Orleans water management study that was undertaken by a group of Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, and Planners.

Stormwater Management Ecological Services Metrics from DBA Inc. on Vimeo.

HUD launches Rebuild by Design competition to promote resilience for Sandy-affected regions

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently launched REBUILD BY DESIGN, a multi-stage regional design competition. The goal of the competition is to attract world-class talent, promote innovation and develop projects that will actually be built. Once the best ideas are identified, HUD will incentivize their implementation using funds made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program as well as other public and private funds. Examples of design solutions are expected to range in scope and scale – from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits.

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Water Works Park shortlist announced

Minneapolis Parks Foundation recently announced the shorlist  for the Water Works park schematic design project. The three shortlisted teams include

  • Gustafson Guthrie Nicol with VJAA and Interboro (Seattle/Minneapolis/New York);
  • SCAPE with Rogers Marvel (New York);
  • Team West 8 (Rotterdam/New York).

A five-member Designer Selection Committee chose the teams from a pool of 27 responses representing seven U.S. states and five European countries to the April RFP for schematic design for a new urban park on “America’s fourth coast.”

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Brooks Residence | Los Angeles USA | Isabelle Duvivier


Isabelle Duvivier (architect/environmentalist), of Duvivier Architects, purchased a dilapidated 100-year-old home in a long established, low-income neighborhood on Brooks Ave. in Venice, California in July 2009. She wanted to blend into the neighborhood by keeping the feel of the craftsman house, but she had a larger goal – to reduce the impact and energy footprint of the house on the environment through intelligent, experimental technologies in water, energy and materials.

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‘The Meeting Room’ | Maya Lin | Newport USA


The Doris Duke Monument Foundation (DDMF), an offshoot of the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), has delivered an installation at Queen Anne Square in Newport, RI, with a dual purpose. It was created to honor the memory of Doris Duke, who championed Newport’s historic preservation and left an enduring legacy of historic architecture; and created to honor the effect of historic preservation as a catalyst for community revitalization.

The installation, entitled ‘The Meeting Room’, was created by Maya Lin, an artist selected for her thoughtfulness in approaching the site, its historic context, the visitor, and the important contributions made to Newport by Doris Duke. The landscaping was designed by Edwina von Gal, a talented landscape architect whom Maya Lin personally selected for this project.

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