816 Congress Roof Transformation | Austin, Texas | dwg. urban landscape architecture

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The 816 Congress Roof Transformation converted unsightly, inaccessible spaces into unique green roofs and subsequently profitable building assets. The resulting main terrace has become a tenant retreat and a coveted event space, offering unprecedented views of the Texas State Capitol and its grounds. This building, designed for another era, is now competing with modern and newly built office space in downtown Austin.

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A Montreal library where landscape merges with architecture

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A place of openness and exchange
To build a new library is to give to one’s community, to make a gesture of openness, of exchange, of culture and of urbanity. Situated in the multi-ethnic borough of Saint-Laurent on a busy urban boulevard, the library is one of a series of public structures with a lush woodland park running behind them. Founded on the prioritization of the user’s perception, the library and its landscape offer a contemporary place of varied experiences. It is a place of openness and exchange devoted to discovery, communication and interaction.

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STUDENT PROJECT | The Power of Paths | Afshin Ashari & Ameneh Kadivar

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The goal of this project is to propose a replicable and site specified progressive rehabilitation design in order to enhance the integrity of the existing ecosystem of the ORM. Instead of dismissing the features created during the extraction process, these features will be used as landscape design tools to celebrate the hidden power of them.

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Finalists announced for Pershing Square, Los Angeles

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Pershing Square Renew has announced that four teams have made the third and final phase in the design competition to re-envisioning Pershing Square, Los Angeles’ oldest park. Phase 2 included a 10 teams that have now been shortlisted to four teams including :

The next phase kicks off on January 11, 2016 with the winner to be announced in April.

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A winter installation of 30 giant seesaws in Montreal

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Impulse, a winter installation comprising 30 giant seesaws that will transform the Place des Festivals into a vast illuminated playground, accompanied by a set of all-new video projections. The creation is the work of Toronto-based firm Lateral Office and Montreal-basedCS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group of Montreal.

The consortium, chosen through an open competition for the sixth annual Luminothérapie event, has created a playful interactive space that will warm hearts of all ages during the cold season. The video below shows the process of building and testing the seesaws.

“Every year, we are eager to give Montrealers a new creative winter experience in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. Luminothérapie’s public installations transform our relationship with the city, beautify it, and give it a wonderful friendly touch. Luminothérapie also keeps Montreal shining bright around the world as a hub of interactive art,” said Chantal Rossi, Ville de Montréal Associate Councillor Culture, Heritage and Design.

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Wilderness and Exodus: the Production of a National Landscape

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Since the 1950’s, the weekend drive 1-3 hours away from cities is a democratic automobile-driven North American custom involving the ritualistic exodus of urban populations from metropolitan centres to sacred landscapes, to worship natural monuments and recreate. This phenomenon is integral to the role that landscape plays in shaping Canadian Identity.

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North Carolina Museum of Art breaks ground on a Museum Park

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh broke ground recently on a Museum Park expansion project designed by Civitas. The NCMA’s 164-acre Museum Park is one of the largest art parks in the country, and the groundbreaking marks the start of a long-term phased expansion plan that will strengthen the relationship between interior and exterior spaces while fostering environmental sustainability. “Our design for the park expansion is intended to engage people in art beyond the galleries, promoting active connections with art and nature,” says Civitas. Founding Principal Mark Johnson.

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