Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Retrofit | Albuquerque USA | Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ environmentally friendly landscape design achieves GSA’s cost-saving sustainability goals in three interconnected ways: ecologically, economically, and culturally. In terms of ecology, the landscape design reintroduces native plants that require little supplemental irrigation, provides irrigation by collecting and re-using rainwater, filters stormwater runoff in on-site bioswales, decreases water usage by 85%, and replaces broad areas of unnecessary pavement with shade to help reduce heat island effect.

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McJ Rooftop Deck | Austin USA | Design Workshop

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Creating a memorable space on a small budget is no easy task. The McJ Rooftop Deck team developed several unconventional approaches to the project’s design and execution. The finished space is sustainable, functional, context specific, and striking from any perspective. With a visionary client, collaborative design/construction team, and a little bit of luck the new rooftop space has exceeded the expectations of all parties involved and truly supports the “Keep Austin Weird” mantra.

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Team Lord (including Claude Cormier) wins National Holocaust Monument competition

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), are pleased to announce that the design “Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival” presented by Team Lord of Toronto has been selected for the future National Holocaust Monument, which will be located in Ottawa.

Team Lord’s submission was selected from among six finalists who were invited to present their design concepts to a jury of professionals and to the public as part of a national design competition.

“On behalf of our multi-disciplinary team, we are deeply honoured to be entrusted with designing the monument to Holocaust victims and survivors, and we are committed to creating a place of meaning and value for all Canadians in our country’s capital.” —Gail Lord, Team lead and co-president of Lord Cultural Resources

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Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers Healing Garden | Pittsburgh USA | Pashek Associates

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Designed by Pashek Associates, the fourth floor terrace of the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers offers a unique opportunity for an urban medical campus with limited green space. Located
in the Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the 3,750 square foot terrace garden serves as a positive distraction for patients, before and during treatment, while taking precautions to prevent infections.
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Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture wins 2014 National Design Award

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Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture is one of the winners of the 15th Annual National Design Awards. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum recently announced the 2014 National Design Awards and Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture won the award for Landscape Architecture. 

First launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards were established to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. The awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including special events, panel discussions and workshops. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year’s National Design Awards.

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