Békás-tó park | Debrecen, Hungary | Gardenworks


The park of Békás-tó is situated in the middle of Nagyerdő, parkforest of the city of Debrecen (the center of the north-east Hungarian region). Nearly 20 hectares of neglected forest were turned into a vivid, popular public park, which is able to act like a representative “green core” of the city and a place for citizens, tourists and nature-lovers to relax, interact with each other at the same time.


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ASLA Announces 2015 Honors


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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Mario Schjetnan wins the IFLA – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award

The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), recently announced that Mario SCHJETNAN from Mexico has been selected as the winner of the 2015 premier award for Landscape Architecture, the IFLA – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.

The Award Jury composed of a Landscape Architect from each of the 5 IFLA regions, and the President of UIA (Union International of Architects) who served for the first time as a guest jury member, agreed with the Mexican Society of Landscape Architects (SAPM), who nominated him for the award, that “Mario Schjetnan is a truly outstanding figure in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in Mexico, Latin America, and the USA.” His contribution has been not only through the realisation of many important projects, but also as an academic, sharing his knowledge and passion for the profession with others.

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award was launched in 2004 on a quadrennial basis. Its inaugural recipient was Peter Walker (USA) in 2005. Prof. Bernard Lassus (France) was awarded in 2009, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander in 2011, Mihály Möcsényi in 2012, 2013 Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and for 2014 Sun Xiao Xiang. Since 2011 the award has been bestowed annually.

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The IFLA President, Kathryn Moore, will make the announcement in the Award Ceremony on 12 June 2015, during the 2015 IFLA World Congress in St Petersburg.


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Baan San Ngam | Hua Hin, Thailand | Shma


“Baan San Ngam”, a low rise beach front condominium is situated in the Prachuabkirikhan province of Thailand. Located away from the typical tourist area, the site is surrounded by mangroves and grove wood forest with the backdrop of mountainous terrain in the distant.

The varying ecological elements within the area from the sea, dunes, swamp, swale, mound and forest scape provides the site with an interesting topography and ground texture for the designer to experiment with. The concept of “Nature vs. Art” is explored in studying the translation of different shapes, colour and textures when different ecological elements merge into each other such as how water reacts when it flows and penetrate through sand.


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5 teams shortlisted for Singapore Rail Corridor RFP

Back in March the The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) launched a Request for Proposals for the Rail Corridor in Singapore and received proposals from 64 teams in the Stage 1 Pre-Qualification exercise that closed on 15 April 2015. The teams comprise local and international landscape architectural and architectural firms, including tie-ups between local and international firms.

The URA recently announced the 5 teams shortlisted for Stage 2A includes West 8; Grant Associates; Turenscape; Nikken Sekkei; Olin Partnership; for the full list of team members…..

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WW I Memorial Park | Belgium | OMGEVING


My soul looked down from a vague height with Death,
As unremembering how I rose or why,
And saw a sad land, weak with sweats of dearth,
Gray, cratered like the moon with hollow woe,
And fitted with great pocks and scabs of plaques.
Across its beard, that horror of harsh wire,
There moved thin caterpillars, slowly uncoiled.
It seemed they pushed themselves to be as plugs
Of ditches, where they writhed and shrivelled, killed.
By them had slimy paths been trailed and scraped
Round myriad warts that might be little hills.

– Excerpt from “The Show” by Wilfred Owen (1918)

A myriad of “little hills” constitute the landscape of what once could be called Flanders Fields. One hundred years ago, the battles of the First World War marked the beginning of the change in landscape that we still bear witness to today around the small town of Ypres. The town, quiet and rather plain, discreetly reveals the scars of its past. More than 500,000 people lost their lives here and the entire western region of Flanders was reshaped by the war. From flat plains, sudden blasts carved out rough hills and deep craters, permanently altering the perception of the local landscape. The four years between 1914 and 1918 saw a political war as well as a war on the landscape.


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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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