Stage II Finalists announced for World War I Memorial

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“Heroes’ Green” submitted by Maria Counts of Counts Studio in Brooklyn, NY

U.S. World War One Centennial Commission have announced that five concepts have been selected to proceed to Stage II for the National World War I Memorial design competition.

In the next stage of the competition, the five finalists will work in consultation with the Commission, public agencies with ultimate approval authority over the design, and other stakeholders to further develop and refine their initial design concepts.  At the end of Stage II the jury will make recommendations to the World War I Commission, which expects to announce a winning design concept in January 2016.

The five finalists include various designs from the classical, modernist, contemporary and landscape urbanism. However, in recent weeks The Cultural Landscape Foundation(TCLF) has raised concerns about the threat to the current Pershing Park landscape designed by M. Paul Friedberg and recently added the park to TCLF’s Landslide list of nationally significant at-risk and threatened landscapes.

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House of Desert Gardens | Paradise Valley, USA | Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture

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Image credit | Matt Winquist

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Green Varnish by Nomad Studio at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

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Image Credit | Laura Santin

Green Varnish explores the necessity of hiding inconvenient realities with polite beauty. A green fabric elegantly covers all the inopportune facts. 

We ignore inconvenient information. It is admirable how reactionary we are toward information that brings implicit changes; obviously, we have lost perspective of our role within this large system of life of which we belong. Life is change and we forcefully reject impermanence.Flexibility, adaptability and diversity are key aspects of a resilient system; a system in a dynamic equilibrium.  Our landscapes, the intricate relationships between culture and territory, speak of rigidity, in-adaptability and fragmentation. Hence, they are unbalanced landscapes, condemned to intensive restructuring.

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Image Credit | David Johnson

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Don River House | Toronto Canada | Scott Torrance Landscape Architects

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The Don River House Garden represents a new form of luxury: a sustainable, holistic and bio-diverse environment that fosters long-term wellness. The landscape architect restored the site’s ecology by remediating the riverbank and replacing a residential lot with a series of connected outdoor rooms planted with diverse indigenous species. The Don River House fully integrates the architecture with the landscape and re-envisions a typical residential lot to engage the clients profoundly with their setting.

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RHAA creates innovative inclusive playground

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The Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto, California is one of the nation’s most innovative inclusive playgrounds — allowing every child and every parent the opportunity to play. Children can move through the trees on an elevated walk and swing, sway, spin and slide, all on surfaces and equipment without barriers. The Magical Bridge Playground is about bridging the physical and social barriers which prevent children of all ages and abilities from uniting together in play. Here children are powerful, not passive, able to take risks, climb higher, think harder, and foster friendships through play. By meeting the diverse developmental needs of children through universal design, the bridges we are building are physical, intellectual, communicative, sensory, and social; to embrace a truly inclusive place where all children can experience equality of opportunity, full participation, and independence in play.

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18° Off North | Green in the City | Design Workshop

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Defined by its undulating topographic mounds, expansive plains, natural bluffs and the meandering Missouri River, Omaha’s original settlement patterns responded to this picturesque landscape and gave way to the native translation of “city of mound dwellers.” When abstracted within the boundaries of a 7,000 square foot public plaza these four landscapes – mound, plain, river and bluff – unite to create an innovative public space indicative of its greater region, and one which provides numerous benefits for the new Bluebarn Theater, the residents of Little Italy/Near South Side and the greater community of Omaha.

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WWI Memorial Design Competition receives over 350 entries

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Earlier this month we posted the call for the World War One Memorial Design Competition which recently closed. The organisers have announced that they received over 350 entries for the competition. There is a wide variety of design submissions – the classical memorial,  literal, architectural forms, anti-memorial, landscape intervention and others drawing upon other memorials (intentional or otherwise).

The overall design quality of  the submissions designs is high with many submissions providing great representation of the overall design intent many outstanding examples of architecture and landscape architecture design.

I encourage you to review some, if not all the designs to see the encouraging signs that landscape architects are able to create many high quality designs. I think the judging panel will have a hard time selecting a shortlist and winner from the some 365 entries. The competition organisers have posted all submissions on the World War One Memorial Design Competition website with the finalists to be announced in mid-August.

Image Credits | Top Row (L to R) Entry No. 355, 24, 90, 123 | Middle Row 74, 217, 255, 203 | Bottom Row 31, 39, 170, 40

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