This Week In Landscape | 3 August 2014

Another week of interesting landscape news and information…

Lustgarten // Quarry Bay [short timelapse] from Stephanie Cheung on Vimeo.
“Public garden space in front of One Island East, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. A little study of how people travel around landscaped corners, benches etc…in packs during lunch break v. end of the day.”

Why restoring wetlands is more critical than ever | Bruce Stutz | Yale e360
“Like coastal wetlands around the world, they are in urgent need. Once considered wastelands, wetlands were diked to create grazing and farm lands — in Europe for the last 2,000 years, in North America for the last 400.”

“There’s still one more park taboo to be broken” | Alexandra Lange | DEZEEN
“This change comes with a realisation that some of what we want from a lawn is visual: that pop of green that indicates the end of the hardscape, a colour meant for pedestrians.”

Maintain Your (R)Age – The Best is Yet to Come by Jerry de Gryse | AILA
“I was reminded that in University, we were told we would do our best work in our 60s and beyond…..Reflecting on my own experience, I realize it is more than trial and error that makes us better landscape architects as we age. So I made a list and, like many lists, there are at least 10 reasons why our best is yet to come.”

The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park | Liz Robins | New York Times
“This is a continuation of a battle that goes back 30 years, in which civic leaders in Brooklyn Heights fought to make a park on the shipping piers that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was ready to sell.”

Little parklet memorial brings international activism to Edmonton | Elise Stolte | Edmonton Journal
” A local landscape design student plans to honour the life of a fallen cyclist by creating a temporary park over several parking stalls along Whyte Avenue. The “parklet” will exist for just one day, but it brings an international phenomenon to Edmonton and ensures well-known young athlete Isaak Kornelsen won’t be forgotten.”

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Seven Designers vie for Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute recently announced the first-ever Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition, in which top designers and architects will propose dynamic structures to be installed in front of the famed Flatiron Building for the 2014 winter holiday season.

The winning design will be unveiled in November—in the North Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street—and will remain on view through the holidays as part of the Partnership’s annual “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming.

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BOOK REVIEW | Design Ecologies, The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu

More than a standard monograph, Designed Ecologies: The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu goes beyond publishing past works and includes 11 essays from the William Saunders and many others which delve deeper into Yu’s work, its background, influences and principles. Continue reading BOOK REVIEW | Design Ecologies, The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu

Connect Kendall Square: A Design Competition


The Connect Kendall Square  Design Competition is organised by the City of Cambridge, USA and directed under the auspices of the Office of the City Manager and the Community Development Department. The Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition is a unique opportunity to plan and implement a vision for the entire open space network in Kendall Square and vicinity. The City is looking for new thinking with respect to the overall public realm, connections, programming, and place making.

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Corkery Consulting wins Walter Gors Park Design Ideas Competition

Warringah Council has announced the winner of the Walter Gors Park Design Ideas Competition, in which Council sought innovative ideas to transform this urban space into a revitalised park to reflect the energy, creativity, and diversity of Warringah and a revitalised Dee Why Town Centre.

Sydney based landscape architecture studio Corkery Consulting won the competition with “Wa(l)ter Gors Park”, which uses water as a unifying element within the public domain that is symbolic of renewal, movement and connectivity.

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Shortlist for 2014 WAF Awards announced

National Arboretum Canberra by Taylor Cullity Lethlean makes the 2014 WAF Awards shortlist | Image Credit ©John Gollings

The World Architecture Festival has announced the shortlist for all categories for the 2014 Awards. Landscape category always features some of the best projects from recent years. This years shortlist includes 11 projects from across the world. Firms shortlisted include Shma, turenscape, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Cox Rayner Architects (3 Projects), Sweco Architects and more. Congratulations to all those firms shortlisted and good luck in October when the winners are announced.

For the Landscape Shortlist….

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Suneden Sensory Playspace | Mitchell Park Australia | WAX Design


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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