Building a prison landscape: Iowa State University landscape architecture students with prison Warden Patti Wachtendorf (center) and Assistant Professor Julie Stevens (front right). IMAGE CREDIT | Bob Elbert
This summer, five students and their professor constructed a series of multipurpose outdoor classrooms in the center of Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) new 30-acre campus. The classrooms will provide offenders, counselors and staff with a restorative outdoor environment for classes, counseling and vocational training. The project is part of a $68 million expansion and modernization, which includes a landscape master plan designed by Iowa State students. The new facility will open this fall.
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Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) is holding a launch party on 22 August for their 2014 Biennial Ideas Competition – QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The QueensWay is an abandoned elevated railway snaking through some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in central and southern Queens. To successfully transform the QueensWay into a viable green space, the design must include a strong connection between the proposed elevated park and the adjacent urban fabric below.
The QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm ideas competition seeks proposals which envision this vertical connection as a community hub which extends the street activity up to the future park.
At the launch party, ENYA will be presenting the premise of the competition. Comments will also be made by Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President of The Trust for Public Land and representatives of Friends of the QueensWay.
LAUNCH PARTY AUGUST 22, 6-8PM
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place NY, NY 10012
ENYA supports Friends of the Queensway and the Trust for Public Land in their efforts to transform the QueensWay into a park.
Situated in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Crown Sky Garden is a sanctuary for patients, families, doctors and administrators within this 23 story Children’s Hospital. The commitment to this sky garden was built upon a growing body of scientific research which links access to natural light and contemplative spaces to reduced patient recovery time. This regenerative project offers a new paradigm for healthcare design that integrates healing gardens as part of the health care regiment within these institutional environments.
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The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is a frequented destination for many families. Nearby the Children’s Museum is Dover’s city-owned Henry Law Park. The Museum and the City wanted to work together to create a playground that could serve as a destination for families. The opportunity for the park to enhance the current development of a city that provided a thriving family community in Dover was apparent to the city.
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VIDA was engaged in late 2010 by Costa Plan to join an established design team to provide Landscape Architectural services for the already master planned and designed destination spa and thermal river experience. The site is located a short drive from the town of Bagaces in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The property is estimated to be around 230 hectares and features spectacular views to the Miravalles Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and the alluvial plains of the Pacific Coast. The property features a thermal river that dramatically cuts through the property exposing rugged cliffs and a scattering of enormous boulders remnant from volcanic activity.
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