Cronocaos | OMA’s exhibition on preservation in New York



Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opens today at the New Museum in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing “empire” of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember.

Around 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation. “Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos,” OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas says. “We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like.”

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Garden of 10,000 bridges 万桥园 opens at Xian Expo: West 8

WEST 8 - Garden of 10,000 bridges 万桥园 Xian
WEST 8 - Garden of 10,000 bridges 万桥园 Xian

The International Horticultural Expo in Xian, China opened on 28th April. The Garden of 10,000 bridges by West 8 is complete along with many other display gardens.

Gardens are telling stories; they are poetry and have a narrative. Our garden represents the human life, the path of people’s lifetime. This path is a path of uncertainty and burden. Many bridges over troubled water. The garden design takes this path of life as a meandering, winding road – continuous and like a labyrinth. The path through nature takes you over 10000 bridges.

For the 2011 Xi’an International Horticulture Exhibition, West 8 designed a Master Landscape Architect Garden, that plays with the limits and the sensation of surprise.

The International Horticulture Exhibition 2011 has many gardens designed by world renowned landscape architects such as TerragramMartha SchwartzSLATopotek1, Catherine Mosbach, Plasma StudioGROSS.MAXEMBT Miralles/Tagliabue, and Atelier DYJG. Also a 9000 square metre garden has been designed by various landscape architecture programs from across the world that were exhibited in July this year at the Creative Nature Exhibition in Qingpu, Shanghai.  With many other gardens designed by city and provinces along with some enterprise gardens. The 2011 Xi’an International Horticulture Exhibition will be held from 28 April to 8 October 2011.

4月28日,西安世界园艺博览会之West 8“万桥园”正式对游人开放。


2011年西安世界园艺博览会, West 8设计了大师展园中的一座。这座园林模糊了感官上的界限,带给游人惊奇的游园体验。


Images Courtesy of West8

West 8 Partnered with DYJG Beijing for this project.

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Calls for 2011 Landscape Conference Papers & Award Nominations

Recently there have been calls for papers for 2011 events and awards below is a summary.

Call for Nominations for 2011 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
This award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.
Winners include Peter Walker and Prof. Bernard Lassus.
Nominations should be submitted by 10 November 2010.
For further details on how to nominate go to IFLA Online

Calls for Papers for IFLA 2011 World Congress
Scales of  Nature – Zurich, Switzerland 27-29 June 2011
A call for paper abstracts has been issued for papers that address the congress theme and topics. More information can be found at IFLA 2011 Registration for the Congress has also opened with limited number of attendees – they currently have an early bird offer of 488 Swiss Francs (CHF) ($485USD) – you can register at IFLA 2011.

Call for Papers for AILA 2011 National Conference
Transform – Brisbane Australia  11-13 August 2011
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference which is held every two years is being held in Brisbane in August 2011 with the conference theme of Tranform and is currently calling for papers that relate to the conference theme and session topics. Abstracts are due on 1 November 2010. For further details to the AILA 2011 National Conference Call for Papers

IFLA 2011 – Scales of Nature – Zurich, Switzerland

48th IFLA World Congress & Expo will see landscape architecture & allied professionals from around the globe gather in Zurich, Switzerland from June 27– 29 2011.  Registration will Start 1. September 2010.  The video below will give you an background on Zurich and its landscape architecture.

To stay informed about the event you can join the IFLA 2011 Facebook, LinkedIN Groups and also follow congress announcements on Twitter. For more information go to the 2011 IFLA World Congress & Expo website.

World Architecture Festival Shortlist 2010 Announced

The World Architecture Festival has announced the shortlist for 2010 Awards.  Several projects made the Landscape category shortlist for Built Projects but only two are on the shortlist for Future Projects. The Winners will be announced at the Festival in Barcelona which is to be held between 3-5 November.
The Student competition Urban SOS: Transformations recently closed with a shortlist of 4-5 entries to be announced on 1 September. The finalists will present their designs at the Festival in front of a master jury with the final winner announced on 5 November.

See the all the category shortlists at World Architecture Festival Shortlists 2010
To attend the event go to the WAF website

Built Projects Shortlist
Big Rock jetty
Edward Szewczyk and Associates Architects  Australia

Dhoby Ghaut Green
SCDA Architects Pte. Ltd   Singapore

Environmental recovery of the river Llobregat in the comarca of Baix Lllobregat
Batlle & Roig Architects    Spain

Hariri Memorial Garden
Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture Lebanon

Marina Point Yacht Club
Cox Rayner Architects CA Architects Australia

Shanghai Houtan Park
Turenscape China

Future Projects
Masdar City
Foster and Partners United Arab Emirates

Southend Pier
White arkitekter AB United Kingdom

SOURCE: World Architecture Festival

Creative Nature USC AAC Exhibition – Shanghai

On July 10, I had the pleasure of attending the  forum and opening of the 2nd USC AAC Exhibition titled Creative Nature in Qingpu on the outskirts of Shanghai.  The forum was an interesting presentation & discussion by panelists on the topic of “The New Chinese Landscape”. Several panelists where new to China so giving a fresh perspective, others had been visiting China intermittently over a long period and a few where living and working in China so a wide range of views where discussed. Overall the forum discussion and the Q&A time with the attendees was interesting to hear differing perspectives in relation to The New Chinese Landscape.

After the Forum was the opening of the Exhibition titled Creative Nature which exhibits the designs of 10 schools that have been granted a parcel of land of the 2011 World Horticultural Exposition in Xi’an. The work will be exhibited at the Qingpu Teahouse in Qingpu, Shanghai from July 10 – August 17, 2010.  If you can’t make to the exhibition you can view the designs on the USC AAC website. I encourage you to go to the exhibition and visit Qingpu as it has some interesting architecture and landscape architecture.

More information at the Exhibition Website.

Below are images of the Forum and Exhibition – the work is interesting as each design has taken a different approach in looking at the future of landscape architecture in their designs.





Conference Early Bird Rates end soon

The Earlybird (Discount) Rates for the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects end soon.

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Congress 2010 is to be held in Edmonton, Alberta from August 19 to 21, 2010 currently has an Earlybird rate of $550CAD saving $75CAD if you register until June 30. Register now.

LIVING LANDSCAPE The European Landscape Convention in research perspective is being held in Florence, Italy from the 18-19 October 2010. The Earlybrid Registration rate is 50% off at €100(Euros) until July 1. Register Now

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