Janet Rosenberg & Studio + architectsAlliance + ERA Architects
The designs for University of Toronto – St. George Campus have been unveiled as part of the “A Landscape of Landmark Quality”, an eight-week Innovative Design and Ideas Competition for the revitalization of the major public spaces of the historic St. George Campus. Four teams entries have been published online for public comment. The four teams are lead by
- KPMB Architects + Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates + Urban Strategies
- DTAH + Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
- PUBLIC WORK
- Janet Rosenberg & Studio + architectsAlliance + ERA Architects
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the St. George Campus is a historic academic and public environment that is enjoyed by thousands of students, faculty, visitors and residents each day. The project is focused on four distinct and interrelated open spaces: Front Campus (including King’s College Circle), Hart House Circle, the Sir Daniel Wilson Quadrangle, and the Back Campus (including Tower Road). Currently there is an online survey seeking feedback on the teams designs which will close on October 21. Over the coming months, the winning team will develop a master plan and design, to be constructed in phases as funding becomes available.
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The design concept for Lourinha Eco-productive Park combines public open space with the emerging tendency of urban food production and the ecological balance. The main goals were to restore the river habitat, to promote the practice of agriculture and to provide recreation.
Many allotments for horticulture set the design of the space and offer color and texture in the wide central area of the park. The rye field gives a pale brown color effect in addition to its production
Continue reading Lourinha Eco-productive Park | Rio Tinto, Portugal | Alexandre Parente
Across the developing world, New Towns are being constructed on both undeveloped land and over existing low-rise settlements. Although designed to house hundreds of thousands – and in some cases millions — many “instant cities” remain ghost towns. Planned and built from scratch, New Towns are the latest iteration of a city making tradition that reaches back over a century, to the work of Ebenezer Howard and Le Corbusier. In addition to repeating many of the problems that plagued these 20th century visions of the ideal city, this current iteration of New Town design lacks its predecessor’s cohesive vision for social improvement.
Continue reading Incremental Development | Johanna Hoffman and Karl Kullmann
The 2016 CSLA/AAPC Congress will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from June 23rd to June 25th, 2016. The 2016 CSLA Congress will be co-hosted by the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects. The theme for the 2016 Congress is: HOME: LOCALLY INSPIRED.
Bringing the focus back to the local, this Congress will ask individuals to contemplate the influences of our work as landscape architects and its effects on the communities that we serve in order to improve all of our lives. How do we design/build our home for ourselves or for others? At what scale do we perceive our home and our community, and what influences it? What does it mean to call a place our home?
Call for Abstracts
The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) invites qualified experts to submit abstracts for oral presentations (concurrent sessions, 45 minutes in length) to be made at the upcoming 2016 CSLA Congress scheduled to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 23-25, 2016. Presentations are scheduled on June 24th and 25th and we expect 200 to 250 delegates to be present.
Find out more at the CSLA/AAPC – Call for Abstracts
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“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 Landslide list of nationally significant at-risk and threatened landscapes.
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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.
Continue reading Sasaki Associates designs Shanghai’s largest park