World Landscape Architecture - landscape architecture webzine Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:24:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Landscape Institute Awards shortlist announced Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:47:54 +0000 ]]> unnamed

Battersea Power Station Pavilion and Pop-Up Park Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

The Landscape Institute 2014 Awards shortlist has been announced – entries include Eastside City Park, Birmingham, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and Battersea Power Station Pavilion and Pop-Up Park.

The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession. This year’s shortlist, announced today, was drawn from entries received from all corners of the UK and overseas. The depth and range of the entries in all categories is testament to the depth and innovation present in these schemes.

All projects entered for the Landscape Institute Awards, need to have been completed during the ten year period to the end of June 2014, to be eligible for submission. President of the Landscape Institute, Noel Farrer will review all shortlisted projects to choose the recipient of the President’s Award 2014.

The submitted entries span diverse categories, from small to large scale public and private projects and include: Adding Value through Landscape, Heritage & Conservation, Science, Management and Stewardship, Neighbourhood Planning, Strategic Landscape Planning, Urban Design and Masterplanning.

Amongst this year’s shortlisted entries are the recently opened Tumbling Playground in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, the Liverpool Central Library scheme – which features a new bold and visible entrance, and the South Pennines Watershed Landscape Project, which tells the story and history of the landscape through a number of exciting projects to re-engage the community with their environment.

Now in its eighth year, the Landscape Institute Awards winners will be announced during a ceremony on 27thNovember at the Big Top, Bloomsbury in London.

“I have been taken aback by just how good the entries were.  The shortlist features wide-ranging projects which start by re-acquainting people with their landscape and, through developing interest and desire, wake people up to the role that landscape can play in their lives.  If we can achieve this for our body of work, and crawl out into the light, we will have moved our entire society closer to landscape.” Noel Farrer, President of the Landscape Institute

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Shortlist announced for St.Petersburg Pier Competition 2.0 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:12:59 +0000 ]]> The shortlist has been announced for the St.Petersburg Pier Design Competition. After Michael Maltzan Architecture – “The Lens” competition winning design was cancelled in 2013 after extensive public consultation, the city is looking for a new design for the pier. The City of St.Petersburg has enbarked on a truncated design competition for The New St. Petersburg Pier. The shortlist of six design firms (whittled down from 18) has been announced…..


ahha! design group
ahha! architecture; WATG; New Quarter; Taylor Engineering; HR&A; Arup;

Alfonso Architects
Alfonso Architects; Walter P. Moore & Associates; Volt-Air Consulting Engineers; Applied Technology & Management (ATM); Kimley-Horn; Tampa Bay Watch; George F. Young Inc.; Terracon Consulatants;

FR-EE; Civitas; Mesh; Vickstrom; Faller Davis; Arup; CC&A;

Ross Barney Architects
Ross Barney Architects; Long & Associates, Inc; Placemaker Design Studio; Hatcher Engineering; Aro Engineering; X Aqua Marketing & Communication, Inc.; Terracon; Willis Construction Consulting, Inc.; Scheda Ecological Associates; Gary Mormino; Adeas-Q; Engineering Specialties Group; Polaris Associates, Inc.; Nathan Griswold, Inhabitect, Llc.;

Rogers Partners, ASD and Ken Landscape Architecture
Rogers Partners; WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architecture; ASD Architects; Stantec; TLC Engineering For Architecture; Tucker/Hall; CCA Associates; AtelierTen;

VOA Associates Incorporated
VOA Associates Incorporated; Hoberman Associates, Inc; Applied Technology & Management (ATM);

St.Pete Design Group
St. Pete Design Group; Phil Graham; Dew; Tlc; Walter P. Moore; Buro Happold; Mclaren; Janicki Environmental; George F. Young; Beck Technology;

W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, LLC
W Architecture & Landscape Architecture; Stantec; Muser Ruetledge; James Lima Associaties; Robert Silman Associates; Coastal Tech Corporation; Kimberly Jackson; Two Twelve;

During stage two, the shortlisted design teams will each receive a $30,000 stipend to submit an initial design concept, complete with reports, renderings, cost estimates and a description of how the programmatic elements meet the findings of the Pier Working Group. The deadline for concept submissions is December 12, 2014 with Selection Committee determines finalists in early 2015 with construction scheduled to start in 2017.



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Newton Hall | Tyne and Wear, UK | OOBE Ltd Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:56:36 +0000 ]]> Newton Hall_OOBE Ltd_005_OOBE Ltd

Set on the spectacular Northumberland coast, a Grade II listed Georgian manor house and estate is now one of the largest wedding venues in the North East. OOBE were responsible for the masterplanning and ongoing maintenance of this boutique hotel, wedding venue and private members club.

Newton Hall_OOBE Ltd_site plan

Specialising in unique outdoor weddings, the landscape design was key to the transformation of this dilapidated 18th century listed hall and grounds.

Newton Hall_OOBE Ltd_001_Helen Russell Photography

Formal tree and prairie style planting create a beautiful setting, which includes an elegantly curved grass wedding hill and an indoor /outdoor wedding terrace with retractable roof.

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More subtle interventions include the love tree covered in individually designed, colourful bird boxes, the Corsican sea goddess carved from an existing tree by chainsaw sculptor Thomas Craggs and an infinity field using waves of perennial grasses to blend the new extension into the wider context.

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Location Newton by the Sea, Tyne and Wear, UK
Design firm OOBE Ltd
Consultants Apartment Group (client); Thomas Craggs (artist)
Image and text credit images: Helen Russell photography (images 001 & 002), Northern Skyline Photography (image 003) and OOBE Ltd (all other images, plan and visualisations)
Text: OOBE Ltd

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