Rio Perdido Thermal Spa | Bagacas Costa Rica | VIDA

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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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Civic Space Park | Phoenix USA | AECOM

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Not known for public space, Phoenix, Arizona is often cited as an example of American suburban sprawl. But a new story of successful urbanism has emerged from this desert cityscape with the opening of Civic Space Park. This public space sits on a 2.7-acre site in downtown Phoenix, offering residents, workers, students, and visitors a new kind of urban typology, bringing together smart urban design, green space, multiple shade structures, an interactive LED lighting show, public art—and a lesson in low carbon design.
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This Week In Landscape | 21 July 2013

Montreal Botanic Gardens - Living Plant Sculptures | Image Credit Flickr User - Ydolon

Montreal Botanic Gardens – Living Plant Sculptures | Image Credit Flickr User – Ydolon

living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens (mosaicultures internationales montréal 2013) | design boom 
a horticulture competition featuring over 40 living plant sculptures is exhibiting at the montreal botanical gardens in canada

Urban parks reinvented | Monique Beaudin | The Gazette
The city park ain’t what it used to be. While most parks in Montreal still have playgrounds, grass and sports fields, green spaces all over Montreal are being overhauled to offer residents a host of new types of recreational activities in more natural settings.

ASLA Honors 33 Outstanding Members with Fellowship | ASLA
The American Society of Landscape Architects will elevate 33 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2013.

Niall Kirkwood presents on the Theme of “Industrial Ecology: Strategy for Green Economy” in Korea | Harvard GSD
Niall Kirkwood, GSD Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology, presented in June 2013 at the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) Biennial Conference in Ulsan, Korea on the Theme of “Industrial Ecology: Strategy for Green Economy”.

How to create a backyard oasis with an urban garden |  Debbie Travis | Toronto Star
Urban gardens are the most imaginative areas to design. Generally, having limited space is a challenge, but with a little knowledgeable planning they can be tiny perfect Edens that offer blessed escape from high-density living.

Downtown Dallas’ Plaza of the Americas is showing off its new atrium park
The Plaza of the America’s owners worked with building architect Corgan Associates and OJB Landscape Architecture.

Therapy gardens at homes and hospitals sprout up as their healing qualities are understood
The designs and purposes of healing gardens vary. Architect Lydia Kimball, a principal in the firm Mahan Rykiel Associates, designed a garden at Kennedy Krieger to help patients learning to use wheelchairs and walkers.

Urbane Natürlichkeit: die Landschaftsarchitektur von Günther Vogt | Karin Salm | SRF
Die Urbanisierung verlangt ein neues Verständnis von Natürlichkeit, davon ist der Landschaftsarchitekt Günther Vogt überzeugt.

Un proyecto que apuesta por los árboles y un vallado de troncos gana el concurso paisajístico de Ence
Un vallado de troncos que rodea todo el perímetro de la factoría, espacios intermedios con vegetación (eucaliptos, pinos gallegos, carballos, xestas o saucos) y las naves de calderas también recubiertas de rollos de madera.

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This Week In Landscape | 14 July 2013

Its northern summer and there seems to plenty of landscape writing for your weekly reading. This Week in Landscape will add some links from non-english sources for our readers.

Peter Latz awarded the Topos Landscape Award. Latz + Partners were the winners of the St Peter’s Square international design competition have been announced by Manchester City Council in May 2012.

Topos Landscape Award 2013 goes to Peter Latz | Peter Zöch | Topos
German landscape architect Peter Latz has been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2013.

PLAY GROUNDS — Global | Monocle
The role of parks and other green urban spaces as quality-of-life improvers cannot be underestimated.

Architect Jeanne Gang threads nature into urban landscapes | Lori Rotenberk | Grist
Her fascination with natural and architectural form began in her childhood, when her father, a civil engineer, favored driving back roads during family vacations to marvel at local bridges.

Landscape Architecture Program Appoints New Chair
Gale Fulton, a former assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named chair of University of Tennessee’s Landscape Architecture Program.

Sydney’s Urban Areas To Be Hit Hard By Global Warming | Asian Scientist
Green spaces, trees and bodies of water are must-have design features for future development in Sydney’s suburbs after researchers found that by 2050 global warming combined with Sydney’s urban heat island effect could increase temperatures by up to 3.7°C.

To mark 50 years of Singapore’s green movement: Grow a plant out of a stamp | Strait Times (Sunday)
The four designs in this stamp issue portray Singapore’s vibrant urban landscape nestled within a thriving garden with native plants and wildlife. To commemorate 50 years of greening Singapore, the stamps come in biodegradable paper with the local stamp affixed with seeds of the Portulaca grandiflora.

Why are allotments becoming less popular? | Julian Baggini | Guardian
The waiting lists for allotments are falling – and, yes, they’re a lot of work but the spiritual and psychological benefits make them more than worthwhile

10 Things Adored by Landscape Architect Douglas Hoerr | Heiji Choy Black | Chicago Magazine
A beekeeper’s smoker, Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch, and Felco pruners are just a few of the things this partner at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects treasures.

Il cimitero si fa paesaggio | Liana Pastorin | La Stampa
Piccoli luoghi carichi di storia, ampi spazi a giardino. Il cimitero dialoga con il paesaggio urbano

De profesión, restaurador ecológico | BBC Mundo
“Somos literalmente un grupo de fanáticos apasionados de la naturaleza”, dice para describir a quienes, como él, trabajan en restauración ecológica.

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Dendritic Zoning | New Jersey Turnpike USA | ATLAS lab


New Jersey’s rapid urban development has shifted land use patterns from forestlands and agriculture to suburbs, diminishing the State’s vast river network and compromising the quality of its primary residential water source. This project demonstrates the redistribution of land use patterns with respect to hydrological systems, and utilizes the New Jersey Turnpike ROW as an opportunity to re-conceive and deploy binary relationships between built and hydrological systems as an urban and hydrological gradient.
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