STUDENT PROJECT | New Symbiotic System – Revitalization of Tai O | Wu Junqing

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New Symbiotic System – Revitalization of Tai O is in response to the decline of Tai O’s pillar industry: Agriculture and Aquaculture. It especially focuses on the trend of increasing outflow of younger generation and that wetland value is going to take over Tai O’s cultural value, historical value and spiritual value.

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Foothill College | Los Altos California | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects

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Foothill College serves as an influential example of the integration of Landscape Architecture and Architecture in post World War II modernism and was immediately bestowed many top awards upon completion.  One of the first junior colleges built after World War, and originally designed by architect Ernest Kump and landscape architect Peter Walker, the campus master plan was structured around the idea of an “acropolis”, with the campus located at the top of the hill.  Vehicles were relegated to the edges of the campus, and the pedestrian oriented campus core was dignified and tranquil.  A rolling campus green, large central grove and intimate academic courts that were an extension of the classroom pavilions created a successful hierarchy of landscape spaces and employed a distinct design language whose structural clarity remains today.  Withstanding the test of time the project was awarded the ASLA National Classic Award in 1993.

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Natural History Museum shortlist announced

Back in September, the Natural History Museum placed a call for EOI for firms interested in creating an innovative exterior setting that matches the architectural excellence of the iconic 19th Century site, whilst ensuring that the Museum grounds are easily accessible to all visitors.

The Natural History Museum recently announced the shortlist for the competition to find an inspired team to redesign and re-imagine its grounds.

The five teams − given by team-lead −and comprising architects in collaboration with landscape architects and other sub-consultants (not listed here) are:

BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) with Martha Schwartz Partners

Grant Associates with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Niall McLaughlin Architects with Kim Wilkie

Land Use Consultants (LUC) with Design Engine

Stanton Williams Architects with Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User coolinsights

Engineering Building & Concourse Area | University of Pretoria South Africa | Newtown Landscape Architects

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Partnership, during the design process, with the University ensured continuity of the campus plan. Engagement with the Botany Department guaranteed the extension of the existing Botanical Garden, which was developed using a carefully thought through planting palette and the use of specimen plants sourced directly from the University’s green houses. In addition, an integrated approach to the irrigation design ensured that harvested water is pumped from a basement storage tank that is filled with roof and seepage water and topped up, when necessary, with borehole water from an existing supply line adjacent to the building.

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2014 Landscape Architecture School Rankings

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Its that time of year when Design Intelligence releases their annual rankings for the best design schools in North America. The rankings rate the design schools through surveying practitioners on which school they think is the best based on their hirings over the past 5 year. This year there has been a change in the top ranked Undergraduate coursea with Penn State overtaking LSU for 1st position; Harvard continues to dominate the Graduate courses ranking by maintaining their No.1 ranking. LSU has maintained its 3rd on the graduate course rankings with KSU rising to 2nd ranking from its 11th ranking in 2013.

The schools are also  ranked based on region (Midwest, East, West and South), communication, design, computer applications, research & theory, teamwork and sustainable design practices. The rankings not only review how employers rank each course, but there is also Deans rankings, student rankings and also a summary for each design school in the guide.

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