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.
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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.
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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.
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).”
The project is based on the recovery, enhancement and coordination of two environmental system located at the basin of the Carrasco brook in Montevideo. On one side, the municipal dumpsite, this is part of the residuary territory, as an effect of the many years of accumulation of waste produced by the city. On the other side, the area occupied by the Carrasco marshland, geographically located near the dumpsite.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Emergency landscape: ItyKue 0-30 | Montevideo, Uruguay | Lorena Cordero & Cecilia Loppacher
The Suneden Sensory Playspace is demonstrative of what can be achieved on a modest budget, when landscape architects re-imagine standard building material into amazing new play opportunities. Suneden Sensory Playspace is the result of the imagination and innovation WAX Design and the local community. Using a tiny budget and community support, WAX Design has created an amazing 200m2 playspace that excites, simulates and challenges the various abilities of the students at the school.
The unique and entertaining designs use a host of standard building and landscape material to create a series of outdoor rooms that incorporate explorative and sensory activities that help to improve student’s body awareness, problem solving, cognition, creativity, enhance their overall learning abilities and above all increase their happiness.
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