Harvard University Team wins the 2016 Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition

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The winning proposal from Harvard University – “The Midtown Beat”

A team representing Harvard University has taken top honors in the 2016 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Competition with its winning master plan proposal to transform a Midtown Atlanta site in a thriving, sustainable, mixed-use, walkable, and transit-accessible neighborhood. The Harvard team ousted another team from Harvard University, one from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and one from the University of Miami.

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B’nai Jeshurun Linden Courtyard | Pepper Pike, USA | Cawrse & Associates

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B’nai Jeshurun Congregation is a synagogue that has been serving the Cleveland, Ohio area for almost 150 years. Located in Pepper Pike, Ohio, the synagogue is a large facility that holds several religious, educational and social events throughout the year. In 2013 the congregation asked landscape architecture firm Cawrse and Associates, Inc. to redesign the synagogue’s auto court and ceremonial courtyard. At that time, the auto court spanned the entire length of the building, which consisted of 40-year old crabapple trees, degraded concrete pavement and corroding concrete bollard lighting. These elements created an unwelcoming space that had not been used by the congregation in decades.
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Celebrate Landscape Architecture in April

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April is World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2016) and is a month long celebration of Landscape Architecture across the world through social media (twitter, instagram, facebook and more) by taking photos of landscape architecture with the “This is Landscape Architecture” card and adding the hashtag #WLAM2016.

Find out more about what is going on in your country through ASLA, Landscape Institute and CSLA.  Also follow, retweet and share your fellow landscape architects posts with the hashtag #WLAM2016.

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE is not involved with World Landscape Architecture Month, but we are very happy to share, like and retweet your posts and feel free to tag or include @wlandscapearch in your tweets or posts.

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Randall Island Connector completed

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Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects announces the completion of the Randall Island Connector. The last of five funded projects in the firm’s twenty-project South Bronx Greenway master plan, this quarter-mile, dual-use path links 132nd Street with Manhattan’s Randall’s Island, providing pedestrians and cyclists with the first direct access to its 330-acre park, which opened in 1936. Today, the island’s amenities include more than 60 sports fields, a golf center, batting cages, boardwalks, picnic locales, and natural resources areas.

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CSLA Announces the 2016 Awards of Excellence

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The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced the recipients of the National Awards of Excellence. This year, 11 projects received a national award and one project, Lansdowne Park, was selected for the Jury’s Award of Excellence, given to one project per year which best demonstrates the CSLA’s vision (advancing the art, science and practice of landscape architecture). In addition, 7 projects were attributed an honourary mention on behalf of the jury.

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Six Key Strategies for Vacant Land in the Future City

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Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) have released the key strategies developed through Future Ground, a competition to generate design and policy strategies for vacant land reuse.

Over the course of six months in 2015, the three winning multidisciplinary design teams – NOLEX, PaD, and STOSS – tackled fundamental questions not only about vacant land, but also about creating more equitable cities: How can we build unconventional partnerships to improve quality of life in underserved communities?
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Aitken Place Park – an intimate waterfront retreat for Torontonians

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Aitken Place Park is a 3,000m2 urban park currently being developed within the East Bayfront’s Bayside development – a formerly underutilized industrial area which is being transformed into an active and vibrant mixed use community as part of Waterfront Toronto’s ongoing revitalization efforts.
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