WLA 21 | Research & Policy brings together some of the most interesting landscape research providing readers with insight into numerous topics including landscape of sound, the blue-green process, sea change, how to rethink dying shopping streets, vacated vacation homes, speculative urbanism, urban parks, saving bees, growing green cities guide, reclaiming headlands, an atlas for the end of the world, specialisation in landscape architecture and designing with nature to improve health. This edition of WLA Magazine is full of information that will have you inspired to do more and learn more about landscape architecture research.
“Heroes’ Green” submitted by Maria Counts of Counts Studio in Brooklyn, NY
U.S. World War One Centennial Commission have announced that five concepts have been selected to proceed to Stage II for the National World War I Memorial design competition.
In the next stage of the competition, the five finalists will work in consultation with the Commission, public agencies with ultimate approval authority over the design, and other stakeholders to further develop and refine their initial design concepts. At the end of Stage II the jury will make recommendations to the World War I Commission, which expects to announce a winning design concept in January 2016.
The five finalists include various designs from the classical, modernist, contemporary and landscape urbanism. However, in recent weeks The Cultural Landscape Foundation(TCLF) has raised concerns about the threat to the current Pershing Park landscape designed by M. Paul Friedberg and recently added the park to TCLF’s Landslidelist of nationally significant at-risk and threatened landscapes.
Zhangjiabang is the first of Shanghai’s eight planned “green wedges”, and will become the city’s largest public park.A catalyst for ecological and urban renewal, the park creates an unprecedented amount of wetland and woodland habitat that redefines the natural environment in a city whose residents have increasingly fewer opportunities to experience nature.
LA+ is a new interdisciplinary journal from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. LA+ takes a broader approach to landscape architecture looking at various issues facing the landscape architecture profession from a macro level.
The Inner Peace Garden was a conceptual garden space and was designed for the Gardening World Cup Competition staged in Japan. The garden was designed to be of a real size, 10m x 12m and be able to function as a usable space whilst conveying the idea of searching for inner peace.
The space was used to convey the idea of travelling in ones mind to a place of peace and tranquility which allows thought and inspiration to come uninterrupted by the pressure and noise of everyday life.
Earlier this month we posted the call for the World War One Memorial Design Competition which recently closed. The organisers have announced that they received over 350 entries for the competition. There is a wide variety of design submissions – the classical memorial, literal, architectural forms, anti-memorial, landscape intervention and others drawing upon other memorials (intentional or otherwise).
The overall design quality of the submissions designs is high with many submissions providing great representation of the overall design intent many outstanding examples of architecture and landscape architecture design.
I encourage you to review some, if not all the designs to see the encouraging signs that landscape architects are able to create many high quality designs. I think the judging panel will have a hard time selecting a shortlist and winner from the some 365 entries. The competition organisers have posted all submissions on the World War One Memorial Design Competition website with the finalists to be announced in mid-August.
Recently we showed you Creating a Site Model from an Imported DWG in Vectorworks now you’ve finished the design and new 3D site model and you want to send it off to model maker, 3D printing, Engineer or other consultants. This is an easy to follow video tutorial that provides step-by-step instructions on how to export the model.