Regent Park Block 20 | Toronto, Canada | Scott Torrance Landscape Architects

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Regent Park Block 20 is part of the Regent Park Revitalization plan to transform Canada’s largest and oldest social housing project into a vibrant mixed income community. The neighbourhood, which has faced challenges arising from a physical isolation from the rest of the city, a lack of amenities, and a reputation for crime and social problems, is currently undergoing a transformation that includes adding enhanced pedestrian connectivity, parks, commercial space, community facilities, and a mix of market, social, and affordable housing featuring diverse styles of sustainable architecture. In keeping with the Revitalization Plan’s initiative to provide residents with quality amenities, the Landscape Architectural component of Block 20, a residential building with a mix of rent geared to income and affordable rental units, features two amenity roofs, and a green roof, and streetscape planting.
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The 2015 International Garden Festival opens

SE MOUILLER (la belle échappée) | Image Credit: Photo credit: Groupe A / Annexe U

SE MOUILLER (la belle échappée) | Image Credit: Photo credit: Groupe A / Annexe U

The International Garden Festival opens its 16th edition in the company of more than 50 landscape architects, architects and designers from Canada, the United States, France and Israel. The 2015 Festival is opening 6 new gardens chosen from among the 309 proposals submitted from designers around the world. Visitors are invited to move, touch and smell the gardens and even get their feet wet.

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Back to the River design competition shortlist announced

We announced the Back to the River design competition in May, and now Stage 1 is complete. The organisers received 19 high quality submissions from design firms from around the world.  The London Community Foundation, the City of London and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, have selected 5 teams to make full submissions in the second phase of the competition.

The firms selected to make complete proposals for the re-design and re-imagining of the downtown stretches of London’s magnificent Thames River are:

  • Brook McIlroy, Toronto and Thunder Bay
  • Civitas, Denver
  • PWL Partnership, Vancouver
  • Janet Rosenberg Studio, Toronto
  • Stoss + Dillon, Boston and Toronto

The next phase of the competition will involve the preparation of a complete vision for the entire downtown riverfront, more detailed plans for the river edges around the Forks of the Thames and the SoHo District. Each shortlisted proponent will be awarded an honorarium of $40,000.

Final submissions will be received in mid-October, with the winning submission and firm will be announced in early November. The winning proponent will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate a detailed design of the inaugural project at the Forks of the Thames.

For more information goto Back to the River 

VIDEO | See the South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from an inhabitants perspective

Aerial South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from Baha Media on Vimeo.

South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center was completed in 2009 by SSP Design, recently Baha Media filmed an aerial perspective taking in the many areas of the center and surrounding wetland areas. The video gives an interesting perspective and allows us to see how the vegetation and project have “grown-in” over the last 5-6 years.

Landscape Master Planning & Design | SSSP Design, LLC
Location | South Padre Island, TX
Architect | Richter Architects
Builder | Terry Ray Construction
Landscape Contractor | Green Thumb Landscape, Southern Landscapes

Video Credit | Baha Media

The Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center Campus Master Plan | Los Angeles, USA | AHBE Landscape Architects

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Using the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Medical Center Campus as a catalyst to create a “Community of Health and Wellness”, the project’s Planning Team developed a master plan that proposes a broad-based wellness approach with a 20-year implementation plan. The master plan features a series of practical and incremental improvements that foster strong community connections, establishes a new area identity and creatively addresses the social, economic, and environmental quality issues within this community.

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ASLA Announces 2015 Honors

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Klyde Warren Park by The Office of James Burnett winner of 2015 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced its 2015 honors recipients. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. The honors will be presented at the president’s dinner on November 9 at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO.

Honors included:

ASLA Medal | M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA,
M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect.

ASLA Design Medal | Thomas Balsley, FASLA
Thomas Balsley, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Design Medal in recognition of his exceptional design work.

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Frick Collection Abandons Current Expansion Plans

The Frick Collection in New York City has abandoned is current expansion plans, which would have destroyed the East 70th Street Garden designed by the internationally influential British landscape architect Russell Page (1906-1985). The garden is one of only three of Page’s surviving public U.S. commissions and is considered by the New York Times to be one of his “most important works.”

A coalition led by Unite to Save the Frick, with whom The Cultural Landscape Foundation worked, orchestrated a broad-based opposition to the expansion, bringing in artists, architects and other significant individuals and organizations. The New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Municipal Art Society, and other cultural institutions also weighed in. Everett Fahy, who as the Frick’s director in the 1970’s commissioned Page to create the garden, decried the “awful” expansion in an extensive interview with Bloomberg News Executive Editor Manuela Hoelterhoff.
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