Penn State Arboretum (Flickr User:Cuizoo)
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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THE SOUTHWOOD FAIRWAY IN WINTER, A RENDERING FROM THE WINNING PROPOSAL “ARPENT”
In December of 2012, 45 teams from 17 countries set forth to re-imagine our landscape, and today(Nov. 4) the University of Manitoba announces that a team of Canadian firms has won its Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition. What has been selected are not the final plans for the site’s development. Rather, this winning concept will guide development as the university continues to work with its stakeholders and the winning team.
The winners are Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc., Toronto and Cibinel Architects Ltd., Winnipeg, with Landmark Planning & Design Inc., Winnipeg, and ARUP Canada Inc., Toronto. Their proposal — “Arpent”, a unit of measurement — will guide the development of a rare and beautiful parcel of land on the Fort Garry campus.
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Wilson Lee, a junior in the landscape architecture program, wiped the sweat and dirt from his brow under a hot October sun. Along a busy street in the heart of central Philadelphia, Lee joined a group of other Penn State students, staff and community volunteers to revamp two green infrastructure sites in the city he calls home. “I’ve been around central Philly a lot and have seen places similar to this throughout the city,” Wilson said. “It’s nice to come in and rehabilitate my community with projects and rain gardens like this. Everyone who has walked by has been appreciative of what we’re doing.”
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The Tree Houses Project, designed by The Portico Group, represents a plan to provide children and their families with unique experiences at the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden within Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, AR. The conceptual organizational approach for new encounter stations will encourage kids to “Look, Find and Discover that the Woods are Alive!”
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Cities in developing countries are predominantly informal. Communities self‐construct their dwellings and adapt them to the needs quicker and better than any formal housing program. However, informal settlements are incomplete and unsustainable forms of urbanization, frequently lacking basic services, such as water supply, sanitation, accessibility, education, health, and amenities. This is the case of Hopley Farms in the city of Harare, Zimbabwe. Hopley Farms is a community of over 25,000 inhabitants which began to occupy an area of south Harare in 2007 after informal residents of the central city were forcefully evicted by the Zimbabwean Government. With the fear, anger and feeling of profound loss, they forcefully re‐initiated life in this new location.
Continue reading STUDENT | Future Hopley: Hutano, Mvura, Miti | Leonardo Robleto Costante
A group of organisations, landowners and individuals have come together to create a website dedicated to the life and work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown as the first step towards marking the 300th anniversary of his birth in 2016. The Capability Brown 300 Celebration and Festival websiteis being created by Kolab and will be completed in three phases. Once completed it will be the first website to commemorate Brown’s work and legacy, provide an extensive directory of the many landscapes he created and host a portal of forthcoming events and activities taking place in the Birthday year.
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Systems theory has been an important method of thought in order to design landscapes in a sustainable manner. In our world today, humans are the leading influence on all systems; therefore, human impact is an integral part in how a sustainable system is conceived. Systems design is larger than the physical realm; it is the design of how our society acts, which reinforces how we think. As landscape architects, we have the opportunity to design new human activities within the landscape that become habit, a part of culture, and influence systems.
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