Foothill College | Los Altos California | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects

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Foothill College serves as an influential example of the integration of Landscape Architecture and Architecture in post World War II modernism and was immediately bestowed many top awards upon completion.  One of the first junior colleges built after World War, and originally designed by architect Ernest Kump and landscape architect Peter Walker, the campus master plan was structured around the idea of an “acropolis”, with the campus located at the top of the hill.  Vehicles were relegated to the edges of the campus, and the pedestrian oriented campus core was dignified and tranquil.  A rolling campus green, large central grove and intimate academic courts that were an extension of the classroom pavilions created a successful hierarchy of landscape spaces and employed a distinct design language whose structural clarity remains today.  Withstanding the test of time the project was awarded the ASLA National Classic Award in 1993.

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2014 Outlook Survey

With 2013 starting to wind down into the holidays, celebrations and resolutions it is time to look forward to 2014 and see how your business or office is feeling about the year ahead. At WLA we would like to find out how the landscape profession see 2014 and whether you are worried or upbeat. Below is a quick 9 question survey that we hope we can get as many firms, practitioners, consultants and contractors from different countries around the world to give us their outlook for 2014. Results will be published early in the new year.

Tempelhof Parklands Proposal | Berlin Germany | McGregor Coxall

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The use of the word “hof” within an English translation refers to a courtyard, farmyard, halo, quad or even corona. Historically the roots of this word traditionally translated as “temple”, none the less each describes a state of enclosure and sanctuary. McGregor Coxalls proposal for conversion of the Tempelhof Airfield in Berlin, Germany strategically integrates this poetic understanding with the sites existing built form, history, infrastructure and broader urban context.

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This Week In Landscape | 8 December 2013


Harvard GSD held the Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age conference back in mid-November and recently GSD uploaded the videos to Youtube. Above is the Round table moderated by Elizabeth Meyer. The panel includes Anita Berrizbeitia, Felipe Correa, Christophe Girot, Eelco Hooman, Mary Margaret Jones, and Chris Reed.

The weekly landscape news links from around the world…

Planting for the future: Dan Pearson on designing London’s Garden Bridge | David Sexton | London Evening Standard
“Dan Pearson has addressed this by developing a story, a narrative, for the garden, “to allow you to move from one place to another and have a series of different chapters”, in five different zones.”

2013′s Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture | Charles A. Birnbaum
“In surveying the year in landscape architecture, “aptness,” a word favored by the great Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley seems, well, appropriate.”

45 succeed in Pathway to Chartership | Landscape Institute
“The LI has written to congratulate the 45 candidates who successfully completed the Pathway to Chartership last month.”

What to do with old airports? | Kevin Hartnett | boston.com
To landscape architects, it’s a delightful question, and one that has generated an enormous amount of activity over the last fifteen years or so. And last month the Harvard Graduate School of Design hosted a two-day conference called “Airport Landscapes”

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Natural History Museum shortlist announced

Back in September, the Natural History Museum placed a call for EOI for firms interested in creating an innovative exterior setting that matches the architectural excellence of the iconic 19th Century site, whilst ensuring that the Museum grounds are easily accessible to all visitors.

The Natural History Museum recently announced the shortlist for the competition to find an inspired team to redesign and re-imagine its grounds.

The five teams − given by team-lead −and comprising architects in collaboration with landscape architects and other sub-consultants (not listed here) are:

BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) with Martha Schwartz Partners

Grant Associates with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Niall McLaughlin Architects with Kim Wilkie

Land Use Consultants (LUC) with Design Engine

Stanton Williams Architects with Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User coolinsights

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