Garden City Lands Legacy Landscape Plan | Richmond, Canada | PWL Partnership Landscape Architects

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The unique character of the land, its ALR designation, and input from the community provided the basis for the Garden City Lands (GCL) Legacy Landscape.  After being used as a rifle range in the early 1900’s and housing National Coast Guard communication towers in the later part of the century, this extraordinary 136 acre site located in the heart of Richmond, B.C. has remained predominantly unused.  City Council made a landmark decision to purchase the site from the Federal Government in 2010 to serve as a community amenity.  The resulting Legacy Landscape plan combines: sustainable, small-scale agro-ecological approaches to crop production; engaging, research-based approaches to conservation; community uses that promote intergenerational health and wellness; and the creation of a cultural landscape identity.  Rather than compartmentalizing these potentially divergent land uses, the Legacy plan and framework blend them, with each enhancing the other towards the creation of a truly dynamic and multifunctional landscape.

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Hocker Design Group creates a textural private garden

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This landscape design is an example of harmonious relationships between structure and site. The project emphasizes a desire by the client to master plan the site to enhance the landscape surrounding the existing house and incorporate a new studio, sited for long vistas to the adjacent pond. The holistic approach allowed the design to focus on lush flora to create a unique inner-city panorama. The contemporary buildings and garden relate to one another gently through the careful manipulation of architectural elements that are intentionally eroded by the introduction of lush plant material. The resulting patina created along the hardscape elements ties hard to soft, architecture to garden through subtle, ethereal connections.

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Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation

Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation from TAMU College of Architecture on Vimeo.

Students install rain gardens at Schob Park Nature Preserve that sustained by stormwater runoff they absorb from nearby impervious surfaces such as walkways and parking lots. The project was funded by a small grant from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Gardner Museum announces Landscape Lectures

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum recently announced its 2015-16 Landscape Lectures series. There will be four lectures in the series covering the works of Richard Haag, Walter Hood, Margie Ruddick and Mario Schjetnan. The annual series of engaging and inspirational presentations from leading voices in the field of landscape architecture. Internationally renowned designers present their recent work articulating landscape as a medium of design for the social, cultural, and ecological life of the city.

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North Embarcadero waterfront park | San Diego, USA | Civitas

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San Diego’s new North Embarcadero waterfront park forms part of a revitalized gateway to the city’s downtown center and establishes an energized destination within a rapidly developing area of the city. The 1000-foot-long linear park adjacent to San Diego Bay is the first phase of a $200 million, 10-phase project which had remained in a conceptual stage for more than 20 years. Denver-based urban design studio Civitas as part of the team of consultants has worked with clients Civic San Diego (formerly known as Centre City Development Corporation), Port of San Diego, and the City of San Diego for the past seven years to bring this first phase of the project to completion. The design team evolved an existing master plan to develop a people-friendly, urban park area and promenade alongside a working waterfront that is home to cruise ships, fishing operations and museums.

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Estrella Hall at Estrella Mountain Community College | Avondale, USA | Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture

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The landscape contiguous to Estrella Mountain Community Colleges new Library and Conference Center is designed to reinforce the fabric of the campus by continuing a series of linked garden spaces.  The building design concept was conceived as a pavilion within the landscaped campus core and as a backdrop for the garden spaces around it.  Permeability and visual openness of the ground floor are key elements of the architecture as the gardens become a new campus centerpiece and central core for the campus.

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Breaking The Edge: Reclaiming Detroit’s Riverfront | VolumeOne Design Studio

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The Detroit River and the riverfront have been instrumental in the development of the city of Detroit. From the initial settlement as a French fort in 1701 through the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 and the rise of importance of Detroit as a major shipping port to the industrial heyday of the first half of the twentieth century, the riverfront remained a vibrant and essential feature of the urban fabric. Today, the riverfront is a disconnected urban asset, hidden from the center of the city behind major streets, parking lots, large buildings, and a mostly desolate urban plaza. Efforts to clean up the riverfront have relied mostly on beautification strategies and have not addressed the most pressing issue: the need to reconnect the Detroit Riverfront to the city. Hart Plaza, no longer serves as the “Heart of Detroit.” Designed in 1975 for large public festivals, Hart Plaza has hosted many important festivities, but most of the prominent events have since moved to other places in the city, which are more appropriate in scale or location, leaving behind a valuable urban space with enormous social potential.

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