Recently, the annual Olmsted Lecture was given by Joseph Disponzio at the Harvard GSD. Disponzio gives an interesting lecture exploring the intellectual origins of landscape architecture and the term landscape architect.
“Exploring the transformation of the modeling of land from garden-making to landscape architecture, this lecture by Joseph Disponzio will establish the intellectual origins of landscape architecture in relation to the new garden practices that emerged during the 18th century, and the texts that codified these practices, amid Enlightenment-era changes in the understanding of nature. Disponzio is Preservation Landscape Architect for the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and Director of the Landscape Design program at Columbia University. He has taught at several institutions, published widely on garden history from the 18th century to the present, and is currently writing introductions for an edition of N. Vergnaud’s L’Art de créer les jardins (1835) and a translation of Jean-Marie Morel’s Théorie des jardins (1776).”
After the reconstruction of an old house and turning the garden upside down, only a single flower species bravely survived: a snowdrop. The garden is located at the edge of a municipal forest in a suburb of Prague. There are 800 square metres of old orchard and an overly dense growth of exotic conifers around a villa built around 1930. The romantic house was very lovingly restored, and the idea for the future garden was similar: to save all healthier trees and bring back the charming atmosphere of the era between the World Wars.
Continue reading Villa Snowdrop | Prague Czech Republic | Jana Pyskova
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the 48 contiguous United States. Award winners may use prize money in any way that benefits the project.
Continue reading CALL FOR ENTRIES | 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellece
Jaanila Country, a masterplan by KCAP Architects & Planners has been awarded with the Habitat award for the best residential public space design in the Leningrad region (St. Petersburg), Russia. The public space of Jaanila Country has been developed in cooperation with landscape architects Felixx. It was chosen as first prize winner out of a selection of 13 nominated projects. The regional Habitat contest is hosted by the Leningrad Union of Building Organisations and has been held for the first time. It aims to honor new developments for their contribution to the public environment.
Continue reading ‘Jaanila Country’ by KCAP with Felixx awarded with Habitat award for public space design
+50 Landscape Project is a landscape initiative situated in the heart of a small village in the south east of Ireland. Completed in 2013 the project represents the coming together of landscape architecture and community endeavour in a uniquely procured enterprise. +50 references the number of participants involved in the project.
Continue reading +50 Landscape Project | Kildavin, Ireland | Bernadette Kinsella