Ojama | Los Angeles USA | AHBE Landscape Architects

Ojama | Los Angeles | AHBE Landscape Architects
“Ojama” is a Japanese word which generally means to evoke a sense of interruption or an interim pause.

The Ojama installation is about creating a hindrance or momentary interruption in our daily experience of space. This temporary art installation is an exploration of space, time, materiality, and our experience of nature in the urban environment.

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Firemen Walk with Us | Maastricht Netherlands | Rietveld Landscape

Firemen Walk with Us | Maastricht, Netherlands | Rietveld Landscape

The exhibition ‘Firemen walk with us’ confronts the risk-adverse behavior that currently characterizes our society. When it comes to the temporary use of vacant buildings, fire safety is one of the major obstacles to be overcome. After sunset visitors are invited to discover the dark Eiffel building in Maastricht. By creating a landscape of fire in this deserted architectural icon, Maastricht’s Fire Department and Rietveld Landscape show that the thousands of vacant properties offer far more possibilities for use, than one would expect.

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Women in the Dirt: 7 award winning landscape architects

Women in the Dirt Trailer 1 from Wind Media Productions on Vimeo.

Women in the Dirt highlights the work of seven award-winning women who have made their mark in the field: Mia Lerher, Andrea Cochran, Cheryl Barton, Isabelle Greene, Katherine Spitz, Pamela Palmer, and Lauren Melendrez. Though each has a unique body of work, their concerns overlap in the realm of sustainability and enduring design. Their projects mingle awareness of architectural and landscape principles, concern with sustainability and safety, sensitivity to beauty and functionality. The scope of their work ranges from private homes to vast public projects.

Through conversations with the architects in their offices or outdoors in the stunning spaces they’ve designed, the film explores each woman’s personal aesthetics and approach to their discipline. Women in the Dirt shows how these “masters of the obvious” create the sublime.

Director Carolann Stoney conceived of the idea for this documentary while she herself was studying landscape architecture.

Regularly check the Women in the Dirt website for Screenings coming to somewhere new you soon –

See all 3 trailers at vimeo

Interview: Topotek 1 by VernissageTV

VernissageTV met with the Topotek 1 principals Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler. Martin Rein-Cano in this excerpt from a longer interview gives a great synopsis of Topotek 1′s approach and the tradition of landscape architecture as an art tradition.

Topotek 1 are not the typical landscape architects. Topotek 1′s mission is to expand the possibilities of landscape architecture. On the occasion of the inauguration of their latest projects and their work on the competition for the redesign of the Flughafen Tempelhof site. In this interview at the offices of Topotek 1 in Berlin, Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler talk about the beginnings of their career, how they met, their specific approach to lanscape architecture, their inspiration, how they select and develop projects, the stages of the design process in general, and their project Theresienhöhe railway cover in Munich, which they developed together with the German artist Rosemarie Trockel.

The complete interview in two parts (25 min.) is available at Vernissage TV. See also VernissageTV’s coverage of the inauguration of the Heerenschuerli Sports Facility they designed in Zürich / Switzerland.

VIDEO CREDIT: Heinrich Schmidt Founder of VernissageTV Topotek 1: Studio Visit. Interview with Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler. Berlin / Germany, October 8, 2010.

How video is changing Landscape Architecture

Over recent years video and digital animation have become another design tool for landscape architects and education and professional institutions.

For landscape architects digital animation and 3D rendering has become cheaper and cheaper to produce with tools such as Sketchup, 3Dmax, rhino, and maya allowing design firms to give clients another perspective and sense of place. Some of the amazing videos that are now produced are using a mixture of pure animation, still renders and imagery are stunning to watch. With the recent advances with VRL and 3D its a matter of time that the only limit will be the imagination of designers.

Recently education and professional institutions have started promoting their events and courses with the advent of cheap digital video cameras and the ability to publish cheaply with sites such as Youtube, Vimeo, Viddler, Metacafe, Youku. Recently professional institutions such as ASLA, AILA, Landscape Institute have used Youtube and self published video to increase the profile of landscape architects.

Below are some examples of how video is being used in landscape architecture. I would love to hear and see how you and your organisation are using video in landscape architecture. Drop me an email at damian@worldlandscapearchitect.com.

[SOURCE: Vimeo - TAICHUNG GATEWAY PROJECT by Stan Allen Architect from darina zlateva + takuma ono]


[SOURCE: Youku]


[SOURCE: Youtube - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects]


[SOURCE: Youtube - Landscape Institute]


[SOURCE: Youtube - American Society of Landscape Architects]


[SOURCE: Youtube - University of Gloucestershire]


[SOURCE: Youtube - University of Michigan]

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