The design concept for Lourinha Eco-productive Park combines public open space with the emerging tendency of urban food production and the ecological balance. The main goals were to restore the river habitat, to promote the practice of agriculture and to provide recreation.
Many allotments for horticulture set the design of the space and offer color and texture in the wide central area of the park. The rye field gives a pale brown color effect in addition to its production
Continue reading Lourinha Eco-productive Park | Rio Tinto, Portugal | Alexandre Parente
Across the developing world, New Towns are being constructed on both undeveloped land and over existing low-rise settlements. Although designed to house hundreds of thousands – and in some cases millions — many “instant cities” remain ghost towns. Planned and built from scratch, New Towns are the latest iteration of a city making tradition that reaches back over a century, to the work of Ebenezer Howard and Le Corbusier. In addition to repeating many of the problems that plagued these 20th century visions of the ideal city, this current iteration of New Town design lacks its predecessor’s cohesive vision for social improvement.
Continue reading Incremental Development | Johanna Hoffman and Karl Kullmann
The landscape contiguous to Estrella Mountain Community College’s new Library and Conference Center is designed to reinforce the fabric of the campus by continuing a series of linked garden spaces. The building design concept was conceived as a pavilion within the landscaped campus core and as a backdrop for the garden spaces around it. Permeability and visual openness of the ground floor are key elements of the architecture as the gardens become a new campus centerpiece and central core for the campus.
Continue reading Estrella Hall at Estrella Mountain Community College | Avondale, USA | Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture
Incisions + Incubators was completed for the Homegrown National Park Exhibition. Shift was one of eight invited firms to participate in this design exhibit sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation and organized by Workshop Architecture. The projects were exhibited as part of a summer long event drawing attention to the idea of developing small scale initiatives which could increase the environmental sustainability of Toronto, Ontario.
Continue reading Incisions + Incubators | Shift Landscape Architecture
Colombia is one of the world’s main coffee producers, a significant component of its international trade. Its population is rapidly urbanizing, following the international tendency, and the countryside is gradually left behind, causing the loss of biodiversity and erosion of the agrarian landscape.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Circasia: Engaging the Creeks | Diego Bermudez
GROUND UP is an annual print and web publication created by students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is intended to stimulate thought, discussion, visual exploration and substantive speculation about emerging landscape issues affecting contemporary praxis. GROUND UP will accept submissions until February 2, 2015.
Continue reading Call For Submissions | Ground Up Journal
The Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State is announcing a call for the A.E. Bye/Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for the academic year 2015–16.
The fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend for a minimum of one week of archival research in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The complete archives (drawings, papers, photographs, and videos) of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A.E. Bye are held at Penn State (as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz). Applications are due on or before Monday, March 2, 2015.
More Information on the Bye collection may be found at Penn State.