World Landscape Architecture - landscape architecture webzine Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:30:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MH17 Memorial Design Ideas Competition *UPDATE* Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:08:40 +0000 ]]>

*UPDATE* The location has been changed from the Marine Etablissement site to an artificial island in the IJ waterfront. Participants are asked to design a new island for the MH17 Memorial in the Amsterdam “Internal Sea” – IJmeer, situated between the Java-eiland and Amsterdam-Noord, the rapidly developing part of the city. The size and configuration of the new artificial island is up to the participants and can be up to 8Ha within the borders of the highlighted area in the DWG drawing (please see the Download Section). The site can be accessed by popular water transport (ferry/taxi) via nearby stations. The site is only 1800m away from the Amsterdam Central ferry station and is located right next to the Oostveer Ferry Station route. Find out more information about the location change to the ideas competition at the official MH17 MEMORIAL + PARK website

matterbetter is inviting architects, young professionals and students to participate in open-ideas international competition for MH17 Memorial + Park in Amsterdam, that is organized in consultation with Municipality of Amsterdam.

An international open ideas competition for architects and students is initiated to remember and honor the victims of the MH17 tragedy. This man-made tragedy has influenced thousands of lives in direct or indirect manner across the entire world. Most of all this tragedy has affected the Netherlands – the Dutch nation that lost 193 souls in this catastophe. Therefore Amsterdam, the departure point of this one way flight, was selected as a location for the MH17 Memorial.

The main objectives of the competition are:
– embody the goals and spirit of the mission statement;
– to generate public discussion of the memorial program, location and main goals;
– to generate discussion in the professional environment;
– to provide the maximum freedom of design decision making to all participants;
– and last, but not the least – to make a world a better place.

Evaluation Criteria:
– Creative approach: aesthetics and originality
– Emotional power
– Connection with the rest of the city
– Sustainability and Functionality
– Realization of the maximum potential of the site and internal harbour
– Clarity and comprehensibility of the overall design.

20th of September 2014 – Official announcement of the competition.
15th of October 2014 – Deadline for submission of questions.
*UPDATE* 21st of December 2014 – Registration Deadline

Registration Fee is 60EUR-100EUR dependent on when you register

Find out more information about the ideas competition at the official MH17 MEMORIAL + PARK website

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Dallas’s Klyde Warren Park wins the 2014 ULI Urban Open Space Award Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:36:27 +0000 ]]> unnamed

Urban Land Institute (ULI) has awarded Klyde Warren Park the 2014 Open Space Award, acknowledging the two-year-old park in Dallas, Texas as an outstanding achievement in urban placemaking. ULI’s annual competition recognizes successful public spaces that have socially and economically enriched and revitalized their communities. Klyde Warren Park, designed by award-winning landscape firm, The Office of James Burnett (OJB), was selected from five finalists.

The Urban Open Space Award was established in 2009 through the generosity of Amanda M. Burden, former New York City planning commissioner and 2009 recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. In recognition of the award, Klyde Warren Park will receive $10,000.

Completed at the end of 2012, Klyde Warren Park is Dallas’ new town square that has literally and figuratively bridged the city’s downtown cultural district with the burgeoning mixed-use neighborhoods to the north, reshaping the city and catalyzing economic development. Located in downtown Dallas, the 5.25-acre park decks over the sunken Woodall Rogers Freeway, which had been an imposing barrier between downtown and the densely populated Uptown neighborhood. The integrated design merges infrastructure, architecture, and landscape to create a vibrant public open space in the city center. The park promotes increased pedestrian accessibility and trolley and bicycle use between Uptown, Downtown and the Arts District, contributing to a more walkable city center.


The park features flexible, pedestrian-oriented design, offering a mix of active and passive spaces, which include a children’s park, reading room, great lawn, restaurant, performance pavilion, fountain plaza, games area, urban dog park, and botanical garden around a sweeping pedestrian promenade. Daily free programming for the public ranges from yoga classes and lectures to outdoor concerts and film screenings.

“Great cities have great parks, and Klyde Warren Park has quickly become the new heart of downtown Dallas,” said James Burnett. “It is a place to gather, full of activities and fascination features, where everyone is welcome.”

“The national recognition from ULI is an incredible honor. It attests to the enormous impact that Klyde Warren Park has had on Dallas and demonstrates the power of public green space,” said Tara Green, president of Klyde Warren Park. “By giving the community a central gathering space in the heart of our city, Klyde Warren Park has become one of Dallas’ – and the region’s – top destinations. The visionary leaders behind this project – Sheila and Jody Grant, our Board, The Real Estate Council, The City of Dallas and so many more – are to be applauded for their vision and hard work. Similarly, The Office of James Burnett, the project architect, and Thomas Phifer and Partners, the architect of the restaurant and the performance pavilion, are to be congratulated for their extraordinary designs. We are also extremely grateful to Biederman Redevelopment Ventures for their creative programming and usage concepts.”

The Office of James Burnett; OJB

A model of sustainable park design, LEED Gold-certified Klyde Warren Park incorporates numerous green features, including the use of native tree and plant species; a water reclamation system and a double purification system; solar panels on the light poles and a high-efficiency lighting management system. The buildings use geothermal energy for cooling and heating, high efficiency light fixtures, recycled materials, and more.

The Office of James Burnett worked closely with the park’s entire design and construction team, which, in addition to Thomas Phifer and Partners, includes Bjerke Management Solutions (Program Manager), Jacobs Engineering (Structural & Civil Engineer), Biederman Redevelopment Ventures (Park Operations Consultant), The Johnson Studios (Restaurant Interiors), Archer Western (Deck Contractor), McCarthy Building Companies (Park Improvement Contractor), Schmidt & Stacy Consulting Engineers, Inc. (Restaurant MEP Engineer), WARE Architecture (LEED Consultant), Endres Design Studios (Specialty Structural Engineer), and Fluidity Design Consultants (Water features).


“Klyde Warren is not only successful in fixing an urban fracture that isolated development and challenged the existing potential for the area; it also demonstrates that a long-term vision and commitment are critical to foster a sense of place and community, with lasting positive rippling effects,” said M. Leanne Lachman, Chair of the ULI Global Awards for Excellence Jury and President of Lachman Associates.

Other four finalists in the 2014 program included Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile in Columbus, Ohio; Guthrie Green in Tulsa, Okla.; The Railyard Park and Plaza in Santa Fe, N.M.; and Washington Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information on the Urban Open Space award

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Capitol Singapore | Singapore | Grant Associates Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:12:45 +0000 ]]> 142827-Amenity-Deck-with-Infinity-Pool-(c)-Grant-Associates

Image Credit | © Grant Associates

Grant Associates,  has unveiled details of its new landscape and public realm design for Capitol Singapore, a $1.1 billion mixed-use redevelopment of a key heritage site in the city’s downtown civic district. The first phase of the integrated development is due to open end 2014.

Capitol Singapore comprises three conservation buildings (Capitol Building, Stamford House and Capitol Theatre) which are seamlessly blended with a new build, the city’s first integrated luxury development comprising four components – Eden Residences (ultra-luxurious residences), The Patina (ultra luxury hotel), Capitol Piazza (upmarket retail mall with flagship stores), and the Capitol Theatre.


Image Credit | © Capitol Holdings


Image Credit | © Grant Associates

A New Civic Space for Singapore
The main civic space and plaza will be unique to Singapore and is intended to be an experience that is both refined and extraordinary in the day and magical at night. It is respectful of the heritage context and encapsulates spaces for events, performance, peace, nature, exhibition, recreation and relaxation.

Water walls are adjacent to the Capitol Theatre between the pilasters of the façade adding further sound and movement. Street furniture is positioned on the circular plaza encouraging the meeting of people, as well as being placed carefully through the development.

Paving arrangement uniting heritage with the new
The distinctive paving arrangement of Capitol Singapore is a key ingredient bringing together the heritage buildings with the new architecture and is developed in response to the strong geometry of the circular plaza and canopy at the heart of the scheme.

The paving is inspired from natural patterns and is arranged as a double radial grid that flows across the site. The flowing lines of the paving encourage movement and connection through the site, linking the various developments together as one place, as well as being an appropriate response to ground the heritage buildings.


Image Credit | © Grant Associates

The Galleria
The Galleria is a new sheltered street protected from weather by an ultra-light cable truss roof fitted with glass panels. Shade sails and planted spheres are suspended below the glass roof to manage solar heat and to create an animated space reminiscent of historic open-air markets of Singapore. The Galleria will be a destination for dining and events.


Image Credit © Grant Associates


Image Credit | © Grant Associates

Residential Gardens at Eden Residences
On Level 3 of the Eden Residences, a series of themed gardens have been created including a Reflexology Garden with a sensory barefoot trail, a Scented Walk and a Ginger Garden. The edge of the crescent shaped swimming pools will be planted with a sweep of red coloured Erythrina with specimen trees on the roof garden.

The retail spaces are due to open in the fourth quarter of 2014 with the residential spaces opening in the second quarter of 2015.

Grant Associates has been responsible for all the landscape and public realm design for the scheme, working closely alongside the scheme’s lead architect, Richard Meir and Partners Architects.


Image Credit | © Grant Associates


Image Credit | © Grant Associates

“The Capitol landscape and public realm strategy has been developed with a respectful approach to the civic and heritage setting; consideration of the vistas and views through to the Capitol Theatre as well as the views out to the adjacent St Andrew’s Cathedral. A new city plaza is at the heart of the scheme and the central focus of the development. It is conceived as an original and crafted civic space that will be a new destination for Singapore – a space for events and theatre; red-carpet galas; a place to gather; a place to rest and seek shade.” Keith French, director, Grant Associates

Image Credits | Grant Associates & Capitol Holdings
Text Credits | Grant Associates

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Connect Kendall Square Competition Finalists announced Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:24:11 +0000 ]]>


The City of Cambridge received the eight Stage II Submittals in early October and has announced that four teams have been shortlisted to enter Stage III

These Teams demonstrated professional qualifications and capacity necessary for superb performance of the required services. They presented experience and organization that was directly related to and in support of their clear and distinct approaches to the development of the Framework.

The four teams include:
– Framework Cultural Placemaking
– Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. Landscape Architects
– Richard Burck Associates, Inc.
– SITELAB urban studio

Stage III of the Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition represents the beginning of the creation of the four Framework Plans, one plan created by each Team.

o celebrate this critical stage in the competition, the City of Cambridge with the Eastern Cambridge / Kendall Square Open Space (ECKOS) Study Committee is hosting a Meet Your Teams Night. Learn more about the competition process and hear from each of the finalists about their experience and inspiration to approaching the framework plan to Connect Kendall Square.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Presentations 5:30 to 7 PM
Reception 7 to 8 PM
Broad Institute Auditorium and Lobby
415 Main Street, Cambridge

More information at the Connect Kendall Square competition

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OMA + OLIN Design Selected for the 11th Street Bridge Park Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:53:18 +0000 ]]> 02_Anacostia-Crossing_DC-VIEW-SUMMER_Copyright-OMA-&-Luxigon

Anacostia Crossing in Summer | ©OMA & Luxigon

After a seven-month nationwide competition, the design for Washington, DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park by OMA + OLIN was unanimously selected by the competition jury. The design team was asked to transform an aged-out freeway bridge into a one of a kind new civic space over the Anacostia River.


Anacostia Crossing Site Plan | ©OMA + OLIN

The team’s design concept connects two historically disparate sides of the Anacostia River with a series of outdoor programmed spaces and active zones, including two sloped ramps that elevate visitors to maximized lookout points to landmarks in either direction. Each ramp terminates in a waterfall that reconnects the ramps to the river below. On the east side, the waterfall is linked to an active filtration system that in conjunction with new wetland areas adjacent to the bridge piers works to actively clear the river. To encourage visitors to the bridge and neighboring communities, the design includes amenities for comfort and refreshment and an open plaza for markets, festivals, and theatrical performances. The form of the bridge creates an iconic encounter, an “X” instantly recognizable as the river’s new image.


AnacostiaCrossing Boardwalk & Docks | ©OLIN

Hallie Boyce, OLIN’s Partner and design lead on the project commented, “The 11th Street Bridge Park project is an incredible opportunity to contribute to the civic fabric of Washington, D.C. through the design of an iconic, multi-functional landscape which promotes the health of the river and its adjacent communities acting as a model both nationally and globally.”


Anacostia Crossing ©OMA & Luxigon


Anacostia Crossing Falls | ©OMA

Informed by over 400 community meetings organized by 11th Street Bridge Park staff, the four final design teams were asked to create an iconic new civic space supporting the community’s environmental, economic, cultural and physical health. These four teams were selected by the Bridge Park’s Jury of national experts for their creativity, energy and vision from more than 80 firms who submitted proposals in March, 2014.

Anacostia Crossing Playspace | © OLIN

Anacostia Crossing Playspace | © OLIN

The four final teams were:

  • Balmori Associates / Cooper, Robertson & Partners
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanism / Höweler + Yoon Architecture
  • Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) / NEXT Architects

More information at the 11th Street Bridge Competition

Image Credits | © As Noted

Text | 11th Street Bridge Competition

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2014 AILA National Awards announced Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:56:08 +0000 ]]> National Arboretum Canberra Masterplan | Image Credit - JohnGollings

National Arboretum Canberra Masterplan
| Image Credit – John Gollings

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Awards has announced the 2014 National Awards with with Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) winning the Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture. The AILA National Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions in design, planning, urban design, land management, research and communication and residential landscape architecture.

TCL took home six awards, including the coveted Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture for their planning of National Arboretum in Canberra with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Urban Design National Award of Excellence with BKK Architects for their work on Dandenong’s coveted Lonsdale Street Redevelopment.

Greg Grabasch of Western Australian based landscape architecture firm UDLA, won the National President’s Award for his work on a unique documentary entitled WA Women in Landscape Architecture.

Prince Alfred Park and Pool by Sue Barnsley Design, Neeson Murcutt Architects and City of Sydney was recognised for its reinvigoration of this public space in Sydney with a National Award for Design.

The National Awards, held on October 17, at the AILA’s Forecast Festival of Landscape Architecture, which celebrated Australia’s most innovative landscape architecture projects and ideas between 16 and 18 of October in Brisbane.

The Jury was made up of well-respected built environment professionals Adrian Pilton, Lorrae Wild, Catherine Keirnan and Shane Thompson.

Adrian Pilton, AILA Awards Jury Chair, said the standard of this year’s entries was incredibly high, and TCL’s planning of National Arboretum was a compelling example of a landscape architecture project making a significant impact both within the industry, and on the Australian public. Mark Frisby, AILA National President, also paid homage to Greg Grabasch, of UDLA, who won the National President’s Award.


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Courtyard by Marriott Shatin Hong Kong 香港沙田萬怡酒店 | gravity green Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:55:20 +0000 ]]> 09Marriott
Shek Mun is a remote area from Shatin Town Center. It is divided into two zones by Tai Chung Kiu Road. One is a residential zone next to Shing Mun River and the other is an industrial zone. In the past, there where only few convenience stores and restaurants.




Courtyard Hotel by Marriott, Shatin is the first commercial development in Shek Mun. Like a ripple was raised by a tossed stone, it has not only own benefit, but also spread its influence and vitalize the whole district. It is a comprehensive development with retails on ground floor and hotel at the top. A landscape plaza enhances public circulation and provides opportunities for various functions. Supermarkets, famous shops and restaurants give choices to local. Frequent flows of tourists created by hotel show the potential of district development as well.


Design Approach and Vision
The initial idea of design approach is driven by curvature architectural layout. It aims at echoing and exaggerating this language, as well as distributing it along the landscape surface with strong visual connection. The interlocking spatial relationship is formed spontaneously from the curvaceous layout, which creates exciting possibilities and new opportunities in the open space.



Creating a Dynamic & Romantic open space is a major vision in this project. The curvy motion is carried out in both horizontal and vertical dimension, revealing vibrant and energetic. Unique landscape space exudes sophistication thanks to creative detail and sublime craftsmanship. Co-relating design language with architecture and interior, gives weightlessness to external & internal spaces.



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Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong | Shatin Hong Kong | gravity green


Landscape Architect  gravity green

Client / Owner
Nan Fung Development Ltd

– International Hotel Award 2012 – Best New Hotel Construction & Design Hong Kong (Asia Pacific)
– 2013 HKBEAM Platinum Standard

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Call for Submissions | Malaysian Landscape Architecture Awards 2014 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:08:16 +0000 ]]> MLAA2014_Calling_for_Entries_

Each year, ILAM presented the outstanding Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards to Malaysian landscape architecture practices and related fields. The awards are open to all project submissions,  which have not won any previous ILAM MLAA Awards. The official entrant must be submitted by the member of ILAM (Except Student Member) from the consultancy firm which was involved in the submitted project.

The award recipients receive featured coverage in ILAM’s Bulletin Landskap and a special publication in conjunction with the award – Landscape Architecture Malaysia Yearbook and a Special Edition in the local press following the award ceremony. Award recipients will be honoured at the Awards Presentation Ceremony during ILAM’s Annual Dinner, scheduled in April each year. 

The Award Categories
1. Professional Categories
a. Landscape Design Awards
b. Landscape Analysis and Study Awards
c. Landscape Innovation Awards

2. Landscape Contractor Category
a. Landscape Construction Awards

3. Developer Category
a. Property Developer Awards

4. Government & City Council Category
a. Green City Awards

5. Researcher Category
a. Landscape Research Awards

6. Student Category
a. Student Design Awards

Schedule & Timeline

7 NOVEMBER 2014:
MLAA2014 Submission Briefing

15 JANUARY 2015:
MLAA 2014 Submission Close, before 5pm

More information from ILAMA website

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Wet meadows to the Source | Norges-la-Ville, France | Territoires Landscape Architects Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:54:56 +0000 ]]> Rive-NorgesbyNWété-8small-copie

The richess and depth of Norges-la-Ville, a french village near Dijon, is bonded to the natural source of the river Norges. Depending on the season and the river’s mood, the zone was hardly accessible so far, depriving the local population of the stunning beauty of this landscape. The purpose of this project was to rehabilitate the wet meadows nearby and enlarge the space around the source.


A large wooden deck, terrace over the source itself, is the starting point for the walk. A pedestrian boardwalk, designed like a wharf on wooden stilts (oak tree, same as the terrace) leaves the domesticated space and crosses a symbolic border, stepping into a brand new… nimbus.


The meadow zone is extremely wet, and often does the river overflow its banks transforming the area into temporary swamps. The transition between these two universes, from domesticated to wild and unpredictable, is where the magic truly happens. An elevated access was necessary. Our on-stilts boardwalk carries the walker into this fantasy land without ever touching the ground, creating this levitation feeling. This choice is
respectful to the ecosystem, sublimates the wild life, and is also a technical answer to keep the pathway up the river level when it overflows.


Our wharf is crossed by some branching accesses to the river Norges, bringing new perspectives into this poetic journey, while a wooden bridge over the river invites to contemplation.

The geometric contrast plays an important part as well, mirroring the river natural sinuous curves with the boardwalk radical lines.

With a minimal man-made intrusion, this landscape is finally re-discovered, and served with an out-of-reality, undisturbed esthetic.

Wet Meadows to the Source | Norges-la-Ville, France | Territoires Landscape Architects 

Delivery date • March 2013
Client • Norges-la-Ville
Landscape Architect • Territoires
Subcontractor • Teckicea (structural engineering)
Area • 1 180 yards (path) + 154 sqm (deck)
Cost • 310 000 € bf tax

Photo Nicolas Waltefaugle © TERRITOIRES

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Paseo Santa Lucia | Monterrey, Mexico | Urban Landscape Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:08:02 +0000 ]]> 60706257

Paseo Santa Lucia is an Urban Project in Monterrey, Mexico with an approximate length of 2.5 Km. This project was developed with the purpose of generating more public spaces that would bring society together. With the help of a very big team of engineers, architects and our design firm this project was developed in 2 stages.

paseo sta lucia

The idea of a “River Walk” is the key idea that dominated the inspiration throughout the extensive perimeter. Shops, snack shacks, typical Mexican restaurants, business and apartment buildings, open areas for different activities and all kinds of exhibitions; not to mention that it connects one of the city´s most important parks, “Parque Fundidora” (which was also another project that we participated in) All the way to downtown where the Governmental Palace and the History Museum are located; also known as “Macro Plaza”. Precisely there, at the history museum is where the project “Plaza 400 Años” took place (also a proyect of ours). It was made as a memorial and in celebration of the 400 year anniversary since the amazing industrial city of Monterrey was founded. This is where the River ends.

If you take a walk through “Paseo Santa Lucia” you´ll find a big variety of fountains and different water features, boats that give tours along the river, bridges and of course, we tried to add as much vegetation and green spaces as possible. Taking a walk during the night is also a different experience, because the colorful lighting was all strategically planned for it to bring out the beauty of every corner.



We receive thousands of tourist who come to experience the richness of our culture and with the big variety of events that are held, along the river, at the plazas and open spaces that is has to offer, all year round; it makes it possible, for any person who comes, to leave with memories.



Text | Urban Landscape

Images | Courtesy of Urban Landscape

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