The Hills at Vallco will feature the Largest Green Roof in the World

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The Hills at Vallco features an 30-acre community park and nature preserve, which will not only be the largest community park in Cupertino, but also the largest green roof in the world. The Hills at Vallco plans include a vibrant, sustainable, walkable and safe new neighborhood with a mix of retail, dining, entertainment, recreation, offices, housing, open space and public amenities. To make this vision a realitySand Hill Property has engaged two world-renowned designers, Rafael Viñoly Architects and OLIN.

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GeoDesign Concept and its Solution Platform for Urban Design and Landscape Architecture | Nadia Amoroso

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GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is important part of the urban planning and urban design process. GIS has often been associated with science, and not so much on design. Geodesign offers to shake up the notion of GIS. Geodesign provides a design framework and supporting technology for design professionals to leverage geographic information, resulting in designs that more closely follow site and natural systems.

Geodesign is a new way of thinking about the design process, utilizing site data with software such as a GIS (Geographic Information System) to create urban or landscape designs.

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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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