Iowa State Landscape architecture seniors gain on-site experience


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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EVENT | ENYA 2014 Biennial Ideas Competition | Launch Party | 22 August

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.


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.

Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design

Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design
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 Nature Playground at the Henry Law Park | Dover USA | terra firma

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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Rio Perdido Thermal Spa | Bagacas Costa Rica | VIDA


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


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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