Earlier this month we posted the call for the World War One Memorial Design Competition which recently closed. The organisers have announced that they received over 350 entries for the competition. There is a wide variety of design submissions – the classical memorial, literal, architectural forms, anti-memorial, landscape intervention and others drawing upon other memorials (intentional or otherwise).
The overall design quality of the submissions designs is high with many submissions providing great representation of the overall design intent many outstanding examples of architecture and landscape architecture design.
I encourage you to review some, if not all the designs to see the encouraging signs that landscape architects are able to create many high quality designs. I think the judging panel will have a hard time selecting a shortlist and winner from the some 365 entries. The competition organisers have posted all submissions on the World War One Memorial Design Competition website with the finalists to be announced in mid-August.
Image Credits | Top Row (L to R) Entry No. 355, 24, 90, 123 | Middle Row 74, 217, 255, 203 | Bottom Row 31, 39, 170, 40
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.
Continue reading Garden City Lands Legacy Landscape Plan | Richmond, Canada | PWL Partnership Landscape Architects
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.
Continue reading Hocker Design Group creates a textural private garden
Located in the Andean pre cordillera next to Santiago, the capital of Chile, the place has amazing views over the valley. However, the steepness of the slope, between 30% to 40%, makes it a difficult place to build plant and inhabit. The house has three floors and leaves 1040 square meters available for the garden. The site has no vegetation except for two big native shrubs.
Continue reading Paula Aguirre designs garden in Lo Barnechea, Chile
The client brief called for three principal focuses: the creation of employment opportunities, capacity building or skills development, and maximising the socio and economic impact of the project at the local level. Budgetary and resource limitations coupled with intense local politics resulted in a very challenging environment for design and implementation decisions.
In an effort to maximise the impact of the project on the local community and to really understand the context in terms of local needs, social issues and available skills resulted in an extensive and protracted consultation process. Amongst others this process included a “Dream parks” competition for school children that resulted in significant insight into their social problems and needs as well as their perceptions of the environment.
Continue reading Habitat Landscape Architects creates educational parks in Northern Cape, South Africa
Groundwork London and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, in association with the National Housing Federation and the Landscape Institute, have launched the Design for Life Competition as part of their west London Urban Climate-Proofing project.
The competition invites ideas about how green infrastructure (GI) could be retrofitted in a neighbourhood to make it more resilient to climate change. Design ideas must be linked to a real space and must tackle climate challenges such as flooding, overheating and drought.
The winners will receive £1000 plus a day of expert advice on how the winning idea could be developed and implemented.
Submission deadline: 21st September 2015, 17:00 GMT
Visit www.designforlife.info to find out more and for entry information.
Image Credit | Groundwork
World Landscape Architecture is not associated with this competition please submit all questions to the organisers at www.designforlife.info
Recently, the Board of the la Biennale di Venezia has appointed Alejandro Aravena as Director of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice Biennale). On his appointment Alejandro Aravena stated that
“There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life……The 15th International Architecture Exhibition will be about focusing and learning from architectures that through intelligence, intuition or both of them at the same time, are able to escape the status quo. We would like to present cases that, despite the difficulties, instead of resignation or bitterness, propose and do something. We would like to show that in the permanent debate about the quality of the built environment, there is not only need but also room for action”.
The question is will we see more landscape architecture at the 2016 Venice Biennale? I am hoping that Aravena looks to landscape architects to provide some voices on the “debate about the quality of the built environment”. After attending the 2014 Biennale – Fundamentals – that was beautifully curated by Rem Koolhaas, however there were few pavilions or exhibits focusing on landscape.
I understand that the 2016 Venice Biennale and all biennales are architecture exhibitions but often landscape architecture and landscape architects are under represented and whilst walking around the 2014 Biennale I felt that one of the most important fundamentals – the landscape – which is the site and context within in architecture is placed was not acknowledged. I hope that Alejandro Aravena heeds my call for more representation of landscape architecture at the 2016 Venice Biennale and allows landscape architects access to curate part or whole exhibitions to be able to participate in the “permanent debate about the quality of the built environment”.
Landscape Architecture is a key part of the design conversation about the quality of the built environment and how we can improve urban and rural life through positive design outcomes. I look forward to visiting the 15th International Architecture Exhibition that will take place from 28 May to 27 November 2016.
Editor – World Landscape Architecture