World Landscape Architecture - landscape architecture webzine http://worldlandscapearchitect.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:55:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 LDA Design appointed to masterplan Russian industrial site http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/lda-design-appointed-to-masterplan-russian-industrial-site/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/lda-design-appointed-to-masterplan-russian-industrial-site/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:55:07 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=17217 ]]> Serp&Molot-4

LDA Design, in association with architects, UHA London, has been appointed to masterplan one of central Moscow’s best-known former industrial sites – Serp and Molot, or Hammer and Sickle.

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The 58 ha (143 acre) site has been the subject of a high profile international design competition jointly organised by the City of Moscow and Donstroy Invest, the developer and owner of the site. The masterplan, due for completion by 2021, will create over 1.8 million square metres of prime mixed-use space with an estimated investment of 180 billion Roubles (over €3.76 billion). The design competition attracted 52 applications made up of 157 companies from 17 countries.  In a strongly contested second stage the LDA Design and UHA London team emerged as the preferred team.

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Bernie Foulkes, Partner at LDA Design, said: “What set our scheme apart was the idea of using a new city park to act as the catalyst for transformation. As the designers of the London 2012 Olympic Park we used our knowledge and experience from one of Europe’s biggest regeneration projects to guide our vision for Serp and Molot.”

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Ricardo Mateu, Director of UHA LONDON, said: “Serp and Molot continues UHA LONDON’s track record of successful collaborations with LDA Design – marrying a strong masterplan and landscape design narrative with innovative and futuristic architecture – Serp and Molot will be a game changer for the Moscow real estate market and become a lifestyle choice for Muscovites.”

 

Image Credit | UHA LONDON & LDA Design

Text Credit | LDA Design

 

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Rosa Barba Landscape Prize awarded at 8th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/rosa-barba-landscape-prize-awarded-at-8th-international-biennial-of-landscape-architecture/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/rosa-barba-landscape-prize-awarded-at-8th-international-biennial-of-landscape-architecture/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:16:29 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=17206 ]]> Auckland waterfront

Rosa Barba Landscape Prize was awarded to Australian landscape architecture firm, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) and New Zealand firm, Wraight + Associates (WA) for the transformation of Auckland‟s waterfront which was completed in 2011.

The prize was announced on 26 September as part of the 8th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona, 25–27 September 2014. TCL Director, Perry Lethlean, who presented the project at the Biennial, said winning the award from a field of some of the world‟s most distinguished landscape architects and internationally renowned projects, is a significant achievement for the firm. “We‟re extremely honoured to win this prestigious award in what is the first time it has been opened to the international design community. The Rosa Barba Landscape Prize recognises the world‟s best in landscape architecture from the past five years, which was clearly evident in the calibre of outstanding shortlisted projects,” he said.

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The Auckland Waterfront project, comprising North Wharf Promenade, Jellicoe Street and Silo Park, involved the transformation of a decrepit industrial maritime site into a vibrant and diverse public precinct. The design challenges conventions by celebrating its original elements and encouraging public interaction with the waterfront‟s industry.

The revitalised precinct attracts thousands of people daily who enjoy its casual alfresco dining establishments, harbour-edge pedestrian promenade, sub-tropical rain gardens, and a park designed around an original cement silo that plays host to a range of popular public functions.

Silo Park is a triangular tract that links Jellicoe Harbour with marine industries to its west. It is located on a former cement depot from which a large silo – once earmarked for removal is now retained. The silo forms a multi-programmed focus of a layered public space that facilitates a range of hybrid uses; passive recreation, event space, youth precinct, water filtration and retention, industry and folly. Each program is new to the site, yet built from the pattern language, infrastructure and the mythology of place. These overlapping programs are orientated via the armature of the gantry, an evocative response to the industrial language of the site. It is designed to be part folly, play structure, lookout, arbour and event framework. It also forms the infrastructure for a proposed working dock. Bringing industry into public view and integrated into the design, reinforces an authentic, albeit glossy, waterfront experience.

Jellicoe Harbour and Silo Park demonstrate a receptiveness to investigate, embrace and interpret a narrative of place in the creation of a contemporary and authentic public realm experience.

Image Credit: Simon Devitt

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This Week in Landscape | 28 September 2014 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/this-week-in-landscape-28-september-2014/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/this-week-in-landscape-28-september-2014/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:38:29 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=17202 ]]>

Swing Time (2014) – long from HYA on Vimeo.
Höweler + Yoon Architecture | Swing Time is an interactive playscape composed of 20 illuminated ring-shaped swings. The installation activates a temporary park between the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and D Street to create a new type of city park.

What a Park’s Design Does to Your Brain | Rebecca Tushus-Dubrow | Next City
But Olszewska, now a doctoral candidate in landscape architecture and urban ecology at the University of Porto in Portugal, persevered. With a neuroscience professor at the university, she conducted a pilot project that culminated, earlier this year, in a conference paper titled “Urban Planning, Neurosciences and Contemplation for Improving Well-being in Our Cities.”

The Machine is a Garden | Amanda Kolson Hurley | Foreign Policy
In 1898, an unassuming British stenographer hatched the idea of “garden cities” as an antidote to dirty, crowded London. Today, a revival of that idea is spreading from the U.K. to China to India — and some people think it just might help save the planet.

LI appoints author for BIM for landscape book | Landscape Institute
“BIM for Landscape will be the first book of its kind, and is aimed at landscape practitioners, project leaders and decision-makers working with landscape 0n a BIM project. The book will be published in early 2016 by Taylor & Francis, publisher of the LI’s Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA).”

More people: More parks? | Roger Showley | UT San Diego
“Landscape architect Glen Schmidt worried over the future of recently completed Ruocco Park, where port staffers erected sheets of orange netting in July after someone tripped over one of the decorative boulders. But he said the park itself — lawn and paving beneath a trellis — seems starved for visitors because the port has not programmed events activities to attract the public.”

Carbon-rich tidal wetlands down, but not out | Danielle Devier | Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

“Tidal wetlands are buried treasures. The old ones, especially, are packed with valuable stored carbon. They soak up carbon dioxide, one of the most abundant greenhouse gases plaguing our atmosphere.”

The Life, Death, and Rebirth of Urban Cemeteries | Heather Fuhrman | Metropolis Magazine
Another interesting installment from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects – “Site usage was closely studied to determine where paving changes could reduce wear and tear on the landscape.”

Green roofs grow in popularity | Lynn Monty | Burlington Free Press
“Living roofs go back 50 years or more. “It started in Scotland and Ireland with sod roofs,” Wagner said. “But this engineered living-roof concept is relatively new in America.”

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HIGHLINE at The Rail Yards Phase 1 opens to the public http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/highline-at-the-rail-yards-phase-1-opens-to-the-public/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/highline-at-the-rail-yards-phase-1-opens-to-the-public/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:26:59 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=17175 ]]> 1407-High-Line-At-The-Rail-Yards---Photo-By-Iwan-Baan

Over the weekend the first phase of High Line at the Rail Yards opened to the public. The first phase stretches between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th Avenues to the east and west. This section of the park introduces exciting new design features that celebrate the unique context surrounding this section of the elevated railway. In response to public feedback gathered during three community input meetings hosted by Friends of the High Line, the design includes familiar elements like the iconic “peel-up” benches, intimate overlooks, and meandering pathways, while introducing new design features, such as a children’s exploration area and an interim walkway that wends through the existing landscape of self-seeded wildflowers, native grasses, and shrubs.

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City, state, and federal officials joined with Friends of the High Line to celebrate the realization of a dream to preserve the full length of the High Line, from Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, north to 34th Street, where the historic rail line terminates at Hudson Yards. The opening of the northernmost section marks 15 years of advocacy for Friends of the High Line, which began in 1999 when Joshua David and Robert Hammond, two neighborhood residents, had a vision to preserve the High Line and create a new, innovative public space for New Yorkers and visitors.

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“Today marks a pivotal moment for Friends of the High Line as we cut the ribbon to open the High Line at the Rail Yards to the public and create one continuous mile-and-a-half long park that meanders above and through some of New York’s most creative, diverse and extraordinary neighborhoods,” stated Joshua David, Co-founder and President of Friends of the High Line.

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Design Features

The 30th Street Grove is a serene gathering space near 30th Street. In addition to secluded seating and communal picnic areas, the Grove also houses an assortment of new design elements, including the peel-up sound bench – a chime feature for children – and a peel-up rocker.

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The Rail Track Walks are three linear walks – located in different areas along the High Line at the Rail Yards – expose and reveal the High Line’s rail tracks, evoking the High Line’s history as an active freight rail line. On these walks, visitors can interact with artifacts such as the rail “frog” and the rail switches, or rest in one of several alcove pockets of peel-up benches located throughout the pathways. Planting beds featuring Piet Oudolf’s naturalistic landscape border the pathways.

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11th Avenue Bridge As the High Line runs west over 11th Avenue, the main pathway gradually slopes up about two feet, creating an elevated catwalk from which visitors can view the park, the cityscape, and Hudson River. Lush display gardens on either side of the catwalk will separate the main pathway from the more intimate linear bench seating running along the railing on either side of the bridge.

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Just west of 11th Avenue is a unique design feature for kids, the Pershing Square Beams. Here, the High Line’s concrete deck is stripped away, revealing the original framework of steel beams and girders. The structure itself is transformed into a series of sunken areas – coated in a silicone surface for safety – that children can run between, climb over, and play within. The area also includes a series of play elements developed exclusively for the High Line, such as a rotating beam, periscopes, a gopher hole, and talking and viewing tubes.

At the park’s northernmost point is the Interim Walkway, which features a simple path through the existing self-seeded plantings, celebrating the urban landscape that emerged on the High Line after the trains stopped running in 1980. Visitors can take in expansive views of the Hudson River and the cityscape, or relax in any of the four gathering spaces located in this area. High Line Art, Friends of the High Line’s public art program, has commissioned a site-specific series of sculptures by artist Adrián Villar Rojas, free to the public and on view through Summer 2015. Because the Interim Walkway is not lit at night, this part of the park closes earlier – 30 minutes before dusk. (The interim walkway is designed as a temporary feature of a section not-yet remediated. This area of the High Line will undergo complete renovation and remediation following an additional capital campaign.)

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Recognized as a significant contributor in the revitalization of Manhattan’s West Side, the High Line has become a defining feature in its neighborhood and a powerful catalyst for private investment. In 2005, the City rezoned the area around the High Line to encourage development and create new opportunities for affordable housing, while protecting the neighborhood character, existing art galleries, and the High Line. The combination of the rezoning and the park has helped to create one of the fastest growing and most vibrant neighborhoods in New York City, creating thousands of new jobs. The High Line at the Rail Yards encircles the new 26-acre Hudson Yards Project being developed by the Related Companies/Oxford Properties Group that is currently under construction.

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Designers
The northernmost section of the High Line was designed by James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf – the same designers behind the first two sections of the High Line park – along with a team of structural engineers, lighting designers, electrical and mechanical experts, and other construction specialists, under the leadership and direction of the Economic Development Corporation.

Phasing

The construction of the High Line at the Rail Yards has been divided into three phases. Following the first phase, which opens to the public today, the second phase of the High Line at the Rail Yards will include a build-out of the passage beneath the Hudson Yards first tower and the completion of the 10th Avenue Spur at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 30th Street.

The third and final phase of construction for the High Line at the Rail Yards will focus on the eventual remediation of the western section of the Rail Yards and the Interim Walkway, and is dependent upon additional capital campaigns. The completion of the third phase will likely be 10-15 years from now.

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Costs
The total cost for the first and second phases of the High Line at the Rail Yards is estimated to be $70 million. The City of New York and the New York City Council have provided $11 million for the project, and Friends of the High Line has committed to raise $30 million in funding from private philanthropic contributions as part of its Campaign for the High Line. As part of the development of Hudson Yards, Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group will contribute $29.2 million in funding toward the capital construction of the High Line at the Rail Yards, as well as additional funding for the park’s ongoing maintenance.

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Image Credits | Iwan Baan

Text Credit | Friends of the High Line & NYC Parks

On High Line at the Rail Yards:
Representing one-third of the entire High Line, the High Line at the Rail Yards section is one of the most iconic stretches of the High Line, with expansive views of the Hudson River and the Midtown skyline. Here, we were challenged to continue to build upon the identity and success of the existing High Line, yet find a different way to respond to the radically new, 21st-century context of the future Hudson Yards development. The design takes advantage of the east-west orientation to the river, respects the existing wild landscape and industrial aesthetic, and introduces the next iteration of design elements. These include new varieties of peel-up benches, a series of Rail Track Walks and tree groves that encourage users to walk along and within the train tracks; a bridge over 11th Avenue with heightened views of the River; a unique children’s feature that transforms the High Line structure itself into a series of sunken areas that children can run between, climb over and play within; and the Interim Walkway, a temporary walkway built over the existing self-seeded landscape featuring large-scale furniture at key locations and dramatic views of the Hudson River. This latter section along 12th Avenue is perhaps the most authentically subtle design, where the “original” High Line landscape, with its self-sown grasses and flowers emerging from old tracks, wood ties, and stone ballast, remains intact.
– James Corner Field Operations, Landscape Architects

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Piet Oudolf: Planting Designer
BuroHappold: Structural / MEP Engineering
Robert Silman Associates: Structural Engineering/ Historic Preservation
L’Observatoire International: Lighting
Pentagram Design, Inc: Signage

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Melano Park | Rivoli, Italy | Cristina Gragnolati http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/melano-park-rivoli-italy-cristina-gragnolati/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/melano-park-rivoli-italy-cristina-gragnolati/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:37:13 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=17161 ]]> WLA14-PARCO-MELANO-CRISTINA-05
In Italy,  the history of a place starts from far away. Everywhere you can find elements of many eras.  Melano Park is the sum and stratification of different historical layers.  It was a part of historical garden, after became agricultural area that was abandoned, and after the second world war,over the next sixty years grew into an intricate wood and wild weed infested landscape.

 

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The new park covers about 3.5 acres and it is located on the hill near the Castello di Rivoli Museum. The castle is part of the crown of Savoy, built in the 17th century. In the 1990’s it was restored to exhibit important collections of contemporary art.

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The Park area is fully isolated from historic stone walls sides and the land is strong inclination. Inside it was groves century trees and wild vegetation. Beautiful historical plane trees were planted in the 19th century, when the area was transformed into a garden built by Lord  Melano. There is an allele of trees of 200 year old Platanus orientalis. When they were planted in a special candelabrum-shaped form but in recent years have not been maintained and have grown with stability and security problems.

Initially,  the area was infested with weeds such as Rubus, Altianhus regia, Robinia pseuacacia, Sambucus nigra and herbaceous vegetation that covered the whole area, which blocked the entrance to the Park making entering the site difficult for the team to make proper analysis and surveys. The team surveyed and catalogued over 360 large trees including historical trees.

The city of Rivoli has deemed the site a public park and commissioned a new Park project. The project started in the 2012 the design phase and in to 2013 the construction phase, with the park opening to the public in March 2014. Over recent months the park has had many hundreds of visitors and the new park is most appreciated by the local citizens.

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Build with nature
Main idea was to design a park where nature is the dominant element. The new Park was intended to be like a garden but with with the characteristics of a nature reserve. The transformation has focused on the vegetation and creating new paths for visitors. The process of naturalize started with freeing the area of weeds and cleaning up and pruning historical plants to allow easy and secure access for the public.

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In some areas, the weeds species mixed with seeding on flowering meadows and many invasive species was selected and left to grow naturally. The only tree introduced was the Pawlonia tomentosa why is not native. It is a tree that grows fast, has very large flowers and a tree visibly outsider. This choice was made because this is a tree that grows fast, has very large flowers. It is the exotic element inserted in the 19th-century garden.

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Natural Materials
All materials were selected for their eco charateristic, with all park roads and public squares using permeable paving using Roman method called calcestre.  The park lanes were setout by maintaining existing trees and the surface water is captured and used within the park with a system of wells.

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This project primarily turned an overgrown forest into a place where the human presence is not disruptive to animals and where the vegetation will provide food for local fauna. The reclamation of the area has made this park accessible to everyone by providing a green area with a high level of biodiversity.

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Melano Park | Rivoli, Italy | Cristina Gragnolati Firm , construction supervision: CRISTINA GRAGNOLATI Iandscape architect

Consultants – safety control: ICIS Engineering

General constructor : AGRIFOREST Coop,

Area owner : CITY OF RIVOLI

Cost of implementation: €1.070.000,00

Build time: November 2012-December 2013

Text authour :    Cristina Gragnolati

Photographers: Cristina Gragnolati – Rosanna Castrini

 

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This Week in Landscape | 21 September 2014 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/this-week-in-landscape-21-september-2014/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/this-week-in-landscape-21-september-2014/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:01:33 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=17143 ]]>

10 No Brainers – Say “Yes” to Parklets from Centre for City Ecology on Vimeo featuring Nancy Chater, Landscape Architect and Associate, The Planning Partnership.

Energy Corridor district mulches to maintain trees | Jocelyn Kerr | Chron.com
“In the old days when you’d build a freeway, you’d use the subsoil you dug up during construction, add some compost then seed it. It’s hard to grow anything in that. You need a better grade of soil. TxDOT came up with the Green Ribbon Project…”

Architects step in to street vendors row | Bangkok Post
“Landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom, the project designer, said most city footpaths are not functional, adding an infrastructure plan that is synchronised between various government agencies was urgently…”

A Brazilian City’s Dilemma: How Urban Should a Waterfront Be? | Greg Scruggs | Next City
“Whatever the merits of JLAA’s plan, Mayor José Fortunati has moved it forward. On September 4, in a ceremony that featured Lerner, he announced a R$57 ($25 USD) million bid to implement the design scheme, a project scheduled to break ground in the first trimester of 2015.”

Wait Your Turn for the Swings at Boston’s Adult Playground | Anthony Flint | CityLab
“The wildly successful Lawn on D Street is a temporary park that took no tedious city planning. Should we let more urban design emerge organically?”

Building a beautiful, durable and sustainable streetscape is a team effort | Roger K. Lewis | Washington Post
“Urban and suburban streets should be structurally sound and safe for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Ideally, they should also be beautiful.”

Graduate School of Design Launches $110-Million Campaign | Harvard Magazine
“THE HARVARD Graduate School of Design (GSD) launched its $110-million-plus fundraising campaign on September 12 and 13 with a series of events highlighting the school’s “grounded visionaries”: architects, planners, and designers who are at once free to dream of inventive solutions for—and intensely concerned with the practical challenges of—building a better world.”

“Save the Frick” Petition Racking Up Signatures | Rozalia Jovanovic | artnet news
“The Frick’s expansion plan, which was unveiled in June, calls for doing away with the coveted viewing garden on East 70th Street designed by landscape architect Russell Page”

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Minneapolis is seeking a landscape architect to design the `Commons` http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/minneapolis-is-seeking-a-landscape-architect-to-design-the-commons/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/minneapolis-is-seeking-a-landscape-architect-to-design-the-commons/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:08:28 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=17123 ]]> The City of Minneapolis is seeking a qualified landscape architect-led team to design the “Commons” (formerly known as “The Yard”), a two-block, 4.2 acre area bounded by Park Avenue, 4th and 5th Streets, and a proposed building on 5th Avenue South.

“This is an exciting opportunity for a landscape architect-led design team to shape a part of our city by creating an engaging, innovative, year-round public space,” said Tom Fisher, Co-Chair of the Park Committee, Dean of the University of Minnesota Design School. “The Commons will not only serve as the front yard before every Viking’s home game and major event hosted at the
new multipurpose stadium, but will be that world class destination that draws more residents, visitors, and investment to downtown Minneapolis.”

The idea for a substantial open space was unveiled in May 2013 as a part of the Ryan Development concept now under construction in Downtown East. A Park Committee was appointed for a one-year term by the Minneapolis City Council resolution in August 2013. They were tasked with establishing a vision and principles document to guide the design of the Commons.

Over the last year, the Park Committee has discussed, vetted, negotiated, and shaped the principles that will guide the design of the Commons culminating into the principles and guidelines that were adopted by committee vote on August 14, 2014. The Commons will serve as a retreat for the everyday needs and wants of residents and daytime workers of Minneapolis as well as a destination for the City’s biggest events, including once in a decade events such as the 2018 Super Bowl and once in a year events such as civic celebrations.“This should be a space where you can kick a soccer ball, sit quietly reading, and fall in love all on the same day. We are not settling for satisfactory here,” said Council Member Jacob Frey.

Proposals are due by October 15, 2014.
Interested parties may download the City’s Request for Proposals for Landscape Architectural Services for the Downtown East Commons.

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Call for Submissions | The International Garden Festival 2015 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/call-for-submissions-the-international-garden-festival-2015/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/call-for-submissions-the-international-garden-festival-2015/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:57:11 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=17097 ]]> Pink Punch Louise Tanguay

2014 International Garden Festival | Pink Punch | Nicholas Croft & Michaela MacLeod | Image: Louise Tanguay

The International Garden Festival,  presented at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens in the Gaspésie region of Québec, is preparing  its 16th edition and is issuing an international call for proposals to select designers who will create the new temporary gardens that will be presented from June 27 to September 27, 2015.

“Buzz” is the operative word guiding the 2015 Festival. The installations selected by the jury will have  a special energy and connection to the natural world. The temporary gardens will have a central  concept that will be clearly articulated and a degree of interactivity that encourages visitors to enter  with enthusiasm and leave with a wish to dialogue and discuss. They will be bold or earthy, complex  or very simple. The goal is to intrigue visitors with the unusual or to impress by new ways of  presenting what is common. Incorporating vegetables and/or aromatic, medicinal or edible plants, the  new gardens will be full of colour and intensity.

This call for proposals is open to all landscape architects, architects, designers and artists from Canada and abroad. For complete information on this call for proposals, those interested should consult the web site: www.projects.internationalgardenfestival.ca

The deadline for the submission of entries is MONDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2014 at 5 pm EST.

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5 design teams unveil designs for Presidio Parklands http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/5-design-teams-unveil-designs-for-presidio-parklands/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/5-design-teams-unveil-designs-for-presidio-parklands/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:11:30 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=17099 ]]> Z-JCFO-FRONT

IMAGE CREDIT | TEAM James Corner Field Operations

Five international landscape architecture and design teams recently presented their concepts for 13 new acres of Presidio parklands. The new parklands will be created by the replacement of the elevated highway (Doyle Drive) that has cut through the Presidio for seven decades, with a below-grade roadway covered by tunnels. The Presidio Trust, in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service, asked the five teams to develop creative concepts to inspire ideas about what could happen at the site.

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The five teams: CMG Landscape Architecture, James Corner Field Operations, OLIN, SNØHETTA, and West 8 Team, presented their concepts at a public meeting . The teams were selected from 25 respondents to a request for qualifications in March, 2014. They were provided with a stipend and tasked with developing conceptual design and programming for the new landscape.

 

U | Team OLIN
OLIN, Olson Kundig, Biohabitats, Local Projects, Natural Learning Initiave and Hertiage Landscapes

“The U is a socio-ecotone, a site which weaves the inherent characteristics of two adjacent places. The project site sits on the edge of two very different landscapes. Historically, ecologically, and socially, the Gateway site must link together these adjacencies as well as form an identity of its own. Utilizing the form of the U, we are able to literally embrace components of each adjacent site, focus views to landscapes well beyond the project site, and frame a new set of exciting programs within.”

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PRESIDIO POINT | Team James Corner Field Operations
James Corner Field Operations, Rockweel Group, Grergoire Associates, Page & Turnbull, Perry & Associates, Richard Turner, HR&A Advisors, and MKA Engineers.

“This new locus, or center-point, is afforded by extending the plateau of the Presidio out over tunnels, projecting a raised platform and terrace for absorbing the full panoramic spectrum while fully connecting the uplands to the lowlands and the Bay. From this point radiates a host of journeys and pathways to some of the Park’s most spectacular destinations. The point becomes a nexus, a gathering place, a meeting place, a central hub.”

 

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arcs & strands | Team SNØHETTA
SNØHETTA, Hood Design Studio, MIG, Center For Eco-literacy and Magnusson Klemencic Associates
“Grounded in the cultural and environmental context of the Presidio, the design framework for the Presidio Gateway is defined as an interplay of “Arcs” and “Strands”. Our proposal explores the tensions between these dynamic natural and cultural systems, and creates opportunities for the impact of these forces to become legible over time, creating new experiences for visitors and inhabitants alike.”

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IMAGE CREDIT | Team SNØHETTA

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IMAGE CREDIT | Team SNØHETTA

THE OBSERVATION POST | Team CMG
cmg landscape architecture, the exploratorium: studio for public spaces, Susan Schwartzenberg, ehdd mJm management, contemporanea, steelblue, kristina hill, and Rob Mcginnis/OCULUS
“Our design achieves this by integrating the contiguous landscape types and creating habitats for native plants, wildlife, and people. Finally, we provide opportunities to frame, enhance, and highlight the views and natural phenomena in a variety of experiences and destina-tions, from the grand to the intimate. We call our project the Obser-vation Post, which like the Main Post, is a collection of buildings and landscapes. Our project also replaces the existing Observation Post building with a new structure that better serves the goal of observing.”

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IMAGE CREDIT | Team CMG

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IMAGE CREDIT | Team CMG

PRESIDIO | Team West 8
West 8 New York,  Bionic, Sitelab urban studio, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Jensen Architects, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Architectural Resources Group,  Nelson Nygaard, Wendy MacNaughton, Volume Inc., ESA, ETM Associates LLC, and AECOM.

“We believe that apt gestures, such as our proposed Eclipse, remind us that a melding of modern forms in a picturesque settings, can transform the familiar while stirring and enriching our souls. They grow out of an understanding of a cultural landscape’s dynamic evolution, while balancing design, programmatic and stewardship objectives. This is our philosophical approach for The Gateway, and it is also how we measure success.”

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Team West 8

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Kerb 22: Remoteness Launch from Melbourne Books on Vimeo.

The 22nd edition of KERB – Journal of Landscape Architecture launched at the RMIT University Design Hub in Melbourne, Australia. The journal is unique in being compiled and edited each year by a small group of students, who select a range of articles pertinent to the dedicated theme of each edition. The theme for KERB 22 is remoteness.

Kerb 22 interrogates the notion of remoteness from four viewpoints, identifying opportunities of engagement within spaces balancing on the edge of tangibility, or deeply virtually sited. This issue of Kerb aims to establish connectivity between the entities that lie within a greater territory, calling for the interrogation of space. Whether through the distribution of physical settlements or through the definition of virtual boundaries, mediating the divide places remoteness within a near-instantaneous reach; enabling us to grasp and employ the remote as a tool for spatial negotiation.

Contributors for KERB 22 include Benjamin H. Bratton, Mond Qu, Tiago Torres-Campos, Ryan Dewey, Alex Breedon, Gross.Max, Frances Edith Cooper, José Alfredo Ramirez/Clara Olóriz, Pierre Bélanger, Rene Van Meeuwen, Michael Light, Casey Lance Brown/Rob Holmes, James Ramsey, Ja Kyung Kim, William Clancey, Mario Accordino/Jarrad Newman, Lateral Office, Natalya Egon/Noel Turgeon, Niki Kakali/Anastasia Kotenko, Ian Strange, Jock Gilbert and Shaun Gladwell

Purchase your copy at Melbourne Books. The Print Edition is AUD$24.95 (plus Postage) or $14.95 for Digital

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