World Landscape Architecture - landscape architecture webzine Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:33:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop-up field in the centre of Milan by A4A Rivolta Savioni Architetti Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:36:13 +0000 ]]> quantomais5

Over 1,500 man-sized sheaves of corn for the field that shot up overnight at the end of July, in the heart of Milan, opposite the Sforza Castle, between the two Expo Gate pavilions. “quantomais”, the project devised and produced by A4A Rivolta Savioni Architetti, on an invitation from Expo Gate’s artistic curator Caroline Corbetta, will be part of the city for the entire month of August.

quantomais is an unusual pop-up conception, an innovative example of urban geometry next to one of the city’s landmarks, the Sforza Castle, at the entrance to the Expo 2015. Inspired by the theme of the event – Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life – the field catches the eye of locals and visitors for its significance and spectacular nature. Conspicuously alienating, it undermines perspectives, presenting a different perception of the urban spaces in which people live and meet. This agricultural passage transforms places and habits into a new experience to be shared: a living space in which meetings, artistic interludes, appointments and minor rituals unobtrusively accompany residents and passers-by. For the entire month of August.

Conceived as an urban installation, quantomais progresses into a collective multi-disciplinary work bringing together institutions, architects, farmers, companies, technicians, artists, poets and educators with a common goal: to create a green and hospitable area in the city, a place waiting to be cultivated, in more than one sense of the word, a stage for social relations and culture. And not just a question of agriculture.

quantomais in Expo Gate is a sneak preview of a work which the A4A Rivolta Savioni Architetti studio will create on a larger urban scale for the duration of Expo 2015.

The life of an urban mobile field
Planted in June and cultivated on a farmstead close to Milan, the corn will be moved into the centre of the city overnight at the end of July. The next day it will be a field of mature corn: 360 square metres on the Expo Gate square right opposite the Sforza Castle, where it will continue to grow for the entire month of August.
Inside the plantation there are areas which will be used for performances, readings and improvisations as well as for cultivating vegetables and seasonal plants. At the end of August the field will be dismantled into the original 231 sections (beds measuring 80 x 120 x h50 cm) which will be redistributed into small city plots for local green areas, schools, universities and public areas (see the adoption tender at

Expo 2015
The installation will happen just as Milan is getting ready for the big Expo 2015 event which, from 1st May to 31st October next year, will highlight a theme of universal interest: nourishing Man and the Planet. The choice of corn sparks reflection on one of the Expo 2015’s Clusters “Cereals and Tubers: Old and New Crops”, basic foodstuffs for a large part of the world’s population. But above and beyond the inspiring principle, and the evocative suggestion of a field of corn, A4A’s choice is functional to the installation for its aesthetic, visual and spatial impact.


Expo Gate Milan, via Luca Beltrami
1st – 31st August 2014


Project and realization: A4A Rivolta Savioni Architetti, Milan
Commission: Expo Gate
Conception: Giovanni Rivolta and Nicoletta Savioni
Technical sponsor: Toro Ag Irrigation for the micro-irrigation system
Cultivation: Azienda Agricola Marco Cuneo
Production consultants: esterni, Milan
Agricultural consultants: Antonio Corbari, Azienda Agricola Corbari; Bruna Heidempergher, Agronomist; Alberto Verderio, corn-cultivation specialist
Photographer: Francesco Gusella

Technical specifications
Size of the field: 360 square meters divided into two parts
Basic module: wooden bed with sides
Size of basic module: 80 x 120 x h 50 cm
Number of beds: 231, of which 191 sown with corn and 40 with garden plants
Weight of each module with earth: 300 kg approx.
Total number of corn plants: 1,500
Irrigation system: micro-irrigation

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WKCDA unveils concept plan for the future park in West Kowloon Cultural District Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:08:20 +0000 ]]> 2---CULTURAL-BOULEVARD

Cultural Boulevard | Courtesy of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority | 文化大道 圖片由西九文化區管理局提供

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently unveiled a concept plan for the future park in the West Kowloon Cultural District, conceived by a global team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, with West 8 (Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong). The design team has been working closely with WKCDA since their appointment in February 2014.


Concept plan of WKCD Park | Courtesy of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority | 西九文化區公園概念設計 圖片由西九文化區管理局提供

The vision for the Park is to create a quality green open space that would make Hong Kong proud, and to become a waterfront park to inspire, promote and encourage cultural pursuits for all. The landscaped park will provide a vibrant venue for open-air performances of music, dance and theatre, as well as art exhibitions and other cultural programmes. Attention has been paid to shaded areas and topographic variation in designing the Park, providing pleasant environments and spacious lawns for leisure and relaxation. Areas for large-scale outdoor sculpture and installations curated by M+ will be integrated into the design.


Big Lawn | Courtesy of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority | 大型草坪 圖片由西九文化區管理局提供

The concept design confirms the locations of the arts and cultural venues within the Park, which will provide space for creative programming across all genres. The venues will be linked by a cultural boulevard, an extension of the Avenue that runs through the heart of the District. The venues/ facilities include:

  • The Arts Pavilion: Designed by VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung, which will be situated on an elevated mound in the north-east segment of the Park, close to M+ and Artist Square, with views out to the Victoria Harbour.
  • Freespace: A Black Box and an Outdoor Stage. The Black Box will be a flexible space located in the centre of the Park for standing and seated events across all genres, and will accommodate up to 900 people.
  • The Big Lawn: A flexible space in the western area of the Park, capable of accommodating over 10,000 standing visitors for outdoor festivals, classical or pop music concerts, and other performances. A further flexible event space is planned for the southern segment of the Park near the waterfront, capable of hosting up to 5,000 people standing.

Waterfront Promenade | Courtesy of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority | 海濱長廊 圖片由西九文化區管理局提供

Unveiling the concept design, the design team said, “Working alongside WKCDA we hope to create a new kind of public space for Hong Kong – one devoted to the promotion and enjoyment of arts and culture, where daily life seamlessly integrates with cultural activity. The Park will be a tranquil counterpoint to the intensity of urban Hong Kong, contributing an important new greening project to the heart of the city that will offer something for everyone to enjoy.”

Image Credit | Courtesy of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority 圖片由西九文化區管理局提供



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Topographical Folds | San Luis, Argentina | Sandra J. Aguilar Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:26:33 +0000 ]]> topographical-folds-7

On the Route of Art in the Landscape, located on Provincial Highway access to the town of Estancia Grande [ RPN 9 ] , are not designed and executed landscape work with territorial Folds Topographic and geomorphological accent.

The intention was to generate a small space on the scenic route next to the establishment of Club Estancia Grande Polo , in order to single out the arrival in the area. The design was based on the concept of horizontal intervention , and was inspired by the topography , suggestive , undulating lines of the geography of the motorway , forming pleats accenting the ground level with the landscape , adapting to the territory , revealing visual to the Sierras and the plain.

A space with a capacity to accommodate leisure activities , walking and contemplation of viewpoints was generated.

Topographic Folds are placed on the median strip , occupying an area of ​​800 m2 , with a long of 18 ml and a variable width of 3.00 m for each fold .

It is appropriate to highlight the experience of implementation: the feedback between the project management and construction personnel , that progress is explored and discovered the unique textures and frames. Materialized through the use and application of concrete flagstone , natural resource area. Among the congenial rock frames the green lawn adding value and diversity to the small landscape intervention .
The management of territorial scale , the ability to capture opportunities in implementation and maximization of available resources was the distinguishing factor of TopographicFolds .

Topographical Folds | San Luis, Argentina | Sandra J. Aguilar
Date of implementation : 2010
Location : Ruta Provincial N ° 9. Location of Estancia Grande. San Luis. Argentina
Designer Artwork : SANDRA J. AGUILAR | Architect . Specialist Planning and Landscape Design .

Collaboration: PATRICIA PERKMAN | Architect .
Client: Municipality of Estancia Grande
Implementation : Municipality of Estancia Grande Management

Images and text credits : Sandra J. Aguilar


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Purifying Park de Ceuvel by Delva Landscape Architects #UPDATE Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:32:33 +0000 ]]> 1-DELVA-Landscape-Architects-Steven-delva-Landschapsarchitectuur-antwerpen-amsterdam-de-ceuvel-zuiverend-park-water-stad-landscape-fytoremediatie-opening10

Back in May we published the Delva Landscape Architects concept design for Park de Ceuvel.  After years of preparation the day has finally come. De Ceuvel is open! Delva Landscape Architects sent us photos of the opening that occured in late June.


De Ceuvel Opening on june 21, 2014. Thank you’s, pride, right and left brain connections and sun salutations on the longest day. from Niki Boomkens on Vimeo.

On the 21st of june, a new creative hotspot in Amsterdam Noord officially opens. The last few months, tenants, volunteers and students, worked hard on the boats, the jetty, the Ceuvel Café and the park.

Former Ship Wharf ‘Ceuvel Volharding’
The area of ‘Ceuvel Volharding’ is a former ship wharf in Amsterdam. An abandoned and polluted site in the industrial and harbour area of Buiksloterham, in the north of Amsterdam. A plot located at the water with a special history, near the city centre of Amsterdam. In an economically better time this place would be cleaned up mechanically and built upon. The current era, in which planned urban developments come to a halt and many areas await development, provides opportunities for an alternative, less capital-intensive way of developing.

The area of ‘De Ceuvel’ does not remain abandoned. DELVA Landscape Architects developed the winning plan for the area in close collaboration with the entrepreneurs that will be using it. The site will be used as a breeding ground for creative entrepreneurs for the next ten years.


The starting point for the realization of the new creative hub ‘De Ceuvel’ is the pollution of soil and water. By filling the area with polluted dredge and the polluting activities of the ship wharf the site is heavily polluted with organic as well as inorganic pollutants. Current techniques that are used for purification of soil and water are costly, unsustainable and are often limited to hiding or moving the pollution to another site. The technique of phytoremediation, in which plants are used to stabilize, take-up or extract contamination from the soil, offers an alternative. On the site of ‘De Ceuvel’ this organic way of cleaning the soil results in a working landscape cleaning the soil and producing low-impact biomass. After ten years, the entire site is returned to the municipality of Amsterdam cleaner than we got it.
House boats
Unnecessary houseboats are put on land and transformed into 17 sustainable ateliers. At every step in the development process the highest level of sustainability that is financially viable, is pursued. The boats are insulated and equipped with a sustainable heat system, green roofs and solar cells. Wastewater from the site is purified in bio-filters and nutrients from the waste are re-used for the production of food. Organic waste (from toilets) of visitors and tenants of the boats is converted into energy. A standard connection to the municipal sewer is therefore unnecessary.




The purifying park consists of an undulating green plain of grasses, perennials, short rotation coppice and mature trees for the uptake and degradation of pollution. The plant species are specifically selected for this area; plants that suit the rugged nature of the industrial terrain of Buiksloterham. A raised wooden jetty ensures that there is no direct contact with the polluted soil. The trail winds through the planting and connects the different houseboats. The pruning of the park is not transported elsewhere but remains on the property and is used to create products from biomass. A biomass digester converts biomass into energy that is used in the area. The particular combination of plants represents a new layer in the landscape, which remained hidden before. An alternative approach to pollution transforms the negative history of a place into a positive perspective. Aesthetic quality, that does not arise from a pictorial, static landscape but is the result of a direct experience of the transformation of this area. Residents and visitors are drawn to the history of the place while they continuously defining future use.


Purifying Park de Ceuvel has been nominated in the Dutch Design Awards in the category of Habitat!

Park de Ceuvel | Amsterdam Netherlands | Delva Landscape Architects

Images courtesy of  Delva Landscape Architects

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This Week in Landscape | 27 July 2014 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:27:02 +0000 ]]> Weekly round-up of landscape news and interesting articles.

At 93, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is still one of Canada’s most beloved landscape architects | Sarah Hampson | Globe & Mail
“Over her decades-long career, Hahn Oberlander has overseen some of the most important postwar landscaping projects in North America, including Robson Square in her hometown of Vancouver.”

[Landscape] Architect brings fresh spin to Maggie Daley Park | Chicago Tribune
“Strolling through Maggie Daley Park, stubble on his face and a yellow hard hat covering his graying red hair, Michael Van Valkenburgh paused before the contours of an undulating ice skating loop that will weave through a stand of evergreens.”

Treating Trees as Actual Infrastructure | Leda Marritz | Sustainable Cities Collective
“I asked three people with tons of experience in trees and in urban forestry – who are also frequent contributors to this blog – to pick just five things that would be necessary if we actually treated urban trees and soils (green infrastructure) as seriously as we do pipes, sewers, roads, and more”

What ‘urban physics’ could tell us about how cities work
“A three-dimensional grid of buildings divided by alleys, streets, and sidewalks, nearly flat in some places and scraping the sky in others. Pull back far enough, and the city starts to look like something else entirely: a cluster of molecules.”

Salary survey launches | Landscape Institute
The Landscape Institute is carrying out its annual Employment and Salary Survey this August to provide members with a snapshot of the industry’s pay grades, employment levels, and more.

Landscape Architects scoop up at the Australia Award for Urban Design | AILA
Landscape Architects featured prominently across most award categories

What makes a city great? | Sasaki Associates
Sasaki’s new report – The State of the City Experience, outlines the results of a survey of 1,000 people who both live and work in one of six dynamic US cities—Boston, Chicago, New York, Austin, San Francisco, and Washington DC.


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STUDENT PROJECT | ArtAlive@Park 2014 – YOU.ME.WE | Hong Kong China | Hong Kong Design Institute Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:08:30 +0000 Raise-(3)_Built-w-Designer

Raise | Student Team – Law Yat Man (Michael), Or Chun Hin (Justin), Wong Chung Kwan, Wong Ka Po, Yim Wan Ting.

elusive, more problematic, and – in a way- more deeply meaningful than anything so easily boiled down to an image. All the three landscape installations: “Pipe me not”, “Six Degrees” and “Raise” have illustrated a series of dynamics and playful adventures with visitor’s interaction and with ironic meaning of the weight of balloon and soil; to remind and to encourage people to “Communicate” outside their circles and to give a chance for people to “Speak Up”. These landscape installations exemplify how direct observations of landscape, art and urban phenomena can blossom into artistic endeavors, human interaction investigations, and open-ended inquiries; offering a refreshing dimensions of experience to the perceivers. “”

A breathe-taking waterfront of Victoria Harbor, the latest addition of the Hong Kong Government’s Headquarter, along with all the buildings standing behind and historical richness of this urban edge of the City; how can one not be impressed with such a magnificent parkscape and the immense presence of the seascape? Such an unique site context set the conceptual ground to the formation of the project ‘’ that landscape architecture students from the Hong Kong Design Institute have designed three unique projects which highlighted intangible components of life in the vibrant city of Hong Kong for the 2014 edition of ArtALive@Park Project. Based on the observation from everyday life, the students examine on the dimension between ‘private and public’, ‘individualism and collectivism’. These projects investigated into the basic component of our community, “”, and further developed to support and to expand positive communication, dedicated to raising social awareness and to reinvent a public open space as a place to gather and exchange ideas through its design that magnify, calibrate or transform visual, auditory and physical communication experience.
“” features a combination of landscape art installation, human design intervention and public programs (including performance art and balloon guided tour) which extended its efforts beyond the boundaries of an outdoor furniture or simple art installation, but to heightened precision and clarity to voice out and to reinforce the meaning of place making. What these projects aim to do is far more difficult. The lived experience of Hong Kong rarely conforms to the images that we associate with it; it is infinitely more


Pipe me not | Student Team – Chau Chung King, Ho Fan Ho, Lam Ching Hang, Wong Sze Ki

Pipe me not
“Pipe me not” was inspired by the mechanisms that govern the various forms of communication that occur between humans. Verbal communication, through ubiquitous in our daily lives, is in fact far more complicated than most of us realize. We rely on language to transmit our ideas – but more often than not, they are changed, deformed, and translated before they reach our intended targets.

It is our hope that Pipe Me Not will provide an opportunity to consider the complexities of the speech act, a window transformed into the true human nature of our “Mis”- communication and disordered network of communication that we hope to allow people to find their own ways to communicate at the end.


Siz Degrees | Student Team – Chan Wing Kin, Cheng Hiu lam, Cheng Hiu Nan, Chiu Cheuk Lun, Lee Ka Ying, Ho Hiu Chi, Ho Wing Shan, Lam Mei Ho, To Hiu Ching, Yip Tsz Lun

Six Degrees
“Six Degrees” directs our attention to the often-subconscious co-operative behavior of Hong Kong’s citizenry. As in any successful metropolis, individuals are only able to effectively function when in concert with the quiet choreography of family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and passersby. Six Degrees is an interactive landscape installation cum park bench that portrays the dynamics of individuals’ interaction within society at large- an allegory for the formation of communities through the cooperation of their constituents.
Viewed from within, sparsely scattered triangles are connected by sinuous tethers to a hexagonal frame. Viewed from outside, a beautifully intricate network of strings emerges, ebbing and flowering in response to its users, an organic dance of bodies in synchrony. The concept of the installation derives from a psychological theory with the same name. According to the theory, we can be connected to any person within 6-steps. “Six Degrees” is formed by hexagonal shapes with sparsely scattered triangles and nets. The angle variations find between each corner of a hexagon represent the different means of how people connect like a point. The installation thus represents the formation of a community. When you are appreciating this piece of artwork, we hope the user could meet someone new here with the art piece stands.



A solitary gigantic “Red” balloon rises into the air, reaching to the sky; carrying the ground below with it. Beneath, a series of contradicting grey colored balloons bursting from below represents pessimism and negativity of human emotion, living in a stressful metropolis city. The irony of air lighter than the earth, we subvert this common perception to turn it the other way around. The long used of balloon has been used as a symbol of innocence, hope, optimism and the limitless nature of dreams, the balloon acts a double for the individual who holds its string – a way of taking to the skies and moving beyond our limitation. A sea of smaller red balloons, are given to public on the weekend to exemplify the user’s happiness and sharing the positive message to encourage their imagination. Through this interactive landscape art installation, we aim to create a relaxing and carefree atmosphere, which allows people to enjoy & relax. We would like to cheer-up our Hong Kong people by our artwork, finding their own ways to enjoy the place, the park and to further encourage them to hold on to their dreams and positive attitude and let go of negative emotions under such immensely stressful working and living condition in Hong Kong.

STUDENT PROJECT | ArtAlive@Park 2014 – YOU.ME.WE | Hong Kong China | Hong Kong Design Institute

Design Team: Hong Kong Design Institute High Diploma in Landscape Architecture students lead by project team members and artist/consultant.

Curator/Project Team Leader:
Sara Wong, Yasmin Chir, Alex Chang

Collaborating Artist:
Adrian Wong

Fabrication Consultant:
Ricci Wong@ LAAB

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville

Sing and Cow

Other Photo Credits:
Hulu Culture

Student Team Members
Team 1: Raise
Law Yat Man (Michael)
Or Chun Hin (Justin)
Wong Chung Kwan
Wong Ka Po
Yim Wan Ting

Team 2: Six Degrees
Chan Wing Kin
Cheng Hiu lam
Cheng Hiu Nan
Chiu Cheuk Lun
Lee Ka Ying
Ho Hiu Chi
Ho Wing Shan
Lam Mei Ho
To Hiu Ching
Yip Tsz Lun

Team 3: Pipe Me Not
Chau Chung King
Ho Fan Ho
Lam Ching Hang
Wong Sze Ki

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Clark Art Institute Expansion Landscape | Williamstown, USA | Reed Hilderbrand Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:39:40 +0000 ]]> 02_Clark-Center-from-Reflecting-Pool-2

Clark Center from Reflecing Pool | Image Credit Tucker Bair

The Clark Art Institute is in its final phase of a transformational campus expansion program that adds new facilities to support the growth of museum and academic programs, enhances the visitor experience, improves circulation throughout the campus, and creates new levels of sustainability across its 140 acres. The program focuses on providing superior facilities for the benefit of visitors and scholars and underscores the Clark’s environmental stewardship of its grounds.


Campus Plan | Image Credit Reed Hilderbrand


Landscape rendering of campus expansion looking south | Image Credit Reed Hilderbrand


The project was initiated in 2001 after the creation of a master plan by Cooper, Robertson & Partners that reconceived the campus. The Clark’s entire 140-acre campus is renewed and enhanced by the introduction of four miles of new walking trails, five new pedestrian bridges, and more than a thousand new trees. But the focal point of the landscape is a set of tiered reflecting pools. Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture designed the pools, with their cascades, lawn embankments, and stepping stones to knit together the architectural refinement of the inner campus with the pastoral sweep of Stone Hill Meadow and the meander of Christmas Brook and its wetlands. In order to meet the environmental and experiential goals of the Clark and the community, the pools needed to fit into the site’s topography, hydrology, and habitat.


Clark Center and Reflecing Pool | Image Credit Tucker Bair

Conceived by architect Tadao Ando as a unifying element for the campus and its surroundings, the pools orchestrate a unified composition among the diverse architectural characters of the Clark Center, the Museum Building, the Manton Research Center, and the varied landscape beyond. The Clark Center terraces overlook the uppermost pool, which reflects views of wetlands and woodland beyond as visitors arrive. The entirety of the pools links the cultivated lawns of the central campus with the pastures of the Stone Hill meadow and the intricate network of streams that define the site’s drainage systems and shape its habitat. Lawn walks and embankments thread between the pools. Water cascades through granite weirs from one pool to the next and then is recycled through a system that integrates rainfall capture, stormwater management, landscape irrigation, and building systems, including climate control and toilet flushing.


Reflecing Pool | Image Credit Tucker Bair

The water management system designed for the Clark, prominently represented by the tiered pools, was conceived to reduce total water consumption for the expanded campus through the interconnection of landscape and building water sources. This system transforms what would have been considered wastewater into a resource; balances the need to rebuild groundwater through infiltration on site with the desire to offset potable water use in the building; and improves the health and performance of surrounding wetlands and streams through careful mitigation of storm events and runoff. Original modeling of total water savings, based on a first design study, forecast no potable water consumption in the landscape. As-built performance modeling is forthcoming. The Clark has also elected to commission the entire landscape, as one does for building mechanical systems, to enhance and evaluate the performance of all of its landscape features and assets and to provide a model for future projects.


Clark Center and Reflecing Pool | Image Credit Tucker Bair

Through intense collaboration, the design team created an integrated hydrological system that links all of the campus buildings to the reflecting pool and landscape. Using various harvesting techniques (drains, pipes) and storage techniques (reservoirs, tanks), the system collects foundation water, as well as rainwater, and funnels it into the reflecting pool. Collected water is also used for irrigation, plumbing (gray water for the toilets), and for makeup water for the cooling tower.

Key Landscape Features

  • Operational volume for reflecting pools is 284,000 gallons of water over an area of 42,000 square feet (approximately 1 acre) at an average depth of 13 inches
  • 2000 gallons of water flow through the pools each minute
  • Schow Pond area enhanced and views from galleries improved
  • 500 trees added in final phase; 1150 new trees planted overall
  • Upgrades and extensions to 4 miles of walking trails, including 5 pedestrian bridges
  • Landscaped parking for 398, including 154 overflow meadow spaces and 69 porous asphalt spaces
  • Invasive plant species removed
  • 1.5 miles of new drives built since 2005
  • 80 acres of the campus maintained as woodland
  • 49 acres of the campus managed as native meadow
  • 15 acres of the campus protected as wetland and waterway
  • 10 meadow rain gardens capture and treat runoff


 Clark Art Institute Expansion Landscape | Williamstown, USA | Reed Hilderbrand

Museum Leadership

Peter Willmott, Chairman, Board of Trustees
Michael Conforti, Director

Design Team

Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Osaka, Japan
(Clark Center, Lunder Center at Stone Hill, physical plant)

Selldorf Architects, New York, New York
(Museum Building and Manton Research Center)

Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture, Cambridge, Massachusetts
(Campus Landscape, Circulation, Tiered Reflecting Pool)

Gensler, New York, New York, Executive Architect and Sustainability Consultant


Key Dates

Groundbreaking March 2006 (project launch at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill)

Opening Date The Museum Building and the Clark Center open July 4, 2014; the Manton Research Center opening will be celebrated in spring 2015


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Port Adelaide Renewal: Hart’s Mill Surrounds by ASPECT Studios Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:48:21 +0000 ]]> 01_ASPECT_HartsMillSurrounds_DonBrice

ASPECT Studios has delivered a new, vibrant and attractive public realm for the Hart’s Mill Surrounds in Port Adelaide. Located adjacent to the wharf and with the backdrop of one of Adelaide’s most iconic heritage listed industrial buildings, the new space includes extensive new grassed recreation areas with trees, picnic and BBQ areas as well as multifunctional spaces for events and markets.


An innovative new play space themed around the site’s flour milling history is a key feature of the site. Its design draws on references of the numerous port trade activities in the wharf precinct and has been developed as a play facility aimed to have a regional level of attraction. The existing rail line has been retained and celebrated in its original state to maintain a reference to the past and the port’s important role as an export hub. The rail line is flanked by raised green platforms designed as vessels containing new park spaces within what is a highly modified and contaminated site.


The project has been delivered as a premier destination within a suite of ‘early win’ interventions that have been rolled out around the port with the aim of increasing visitation and providing greater access and amenity to the waterfront.



Client | Renewal SA

Location | Port Adelaide, SA, Australia

Team | ASPECT Studios, Mulloway Studio, LUCID Consulting, SMEC Australia, HydroPlan

Year | 2014

Budget | $2.1 million

Photographer | Don Brice

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Cuningar Loop Woodland Park | Glasgow Scotland | Gillespies Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:00:36 +0000 ]]> Cuningar Loop-Gillespies-1
The XX Commonwealth Games will open this week in Glasgow, welcoming competitors from around 70 different countries. Opposite the new Athletes Village and situated at a distinctive bend in the River Clyde, a new park, the Cuningar Loop woodland park, will be part of this year’s Games Legacy. The new woodland park is currently in construction, and due to open to the public in 2015.

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Gillespies are the masterplanners and landscape designers behind this new urban park, which lies at the heart of the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration area.

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The new woodland park will form a key part of the XX Commonweath Games Legacy. The site had previously been derelict for decades, with its former uses including as landfill and as a reservoir.
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Part of Glasgow’s East End, with a varied history, the 15 hectare park will help to transform this area into an Active Living destination. It will encourage outdoor pursuits including walking, jogging and cycling. It will provide an ecologically-based green space.

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The project at Cuningar Loop is being managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, South Lanarkshire Council and Clyde Gateway.

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Currently under construction, the park is due to open in 2015.

Cuningar Loop Woodland Park | Glasgow Scotland | Gillespies

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London Mayor announces design competition for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Cultural District Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:58:30 +0000 ]]> The Mayor Boris Johnson today announced new measures to accelerate the economic, social and cultural potential of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford and East London.  Plans for a world class education and cultural quarter on the Park are to be brought to life through an international design competition to find a team to design ‘Olympicopolis’. 

This new quarter on Stratford waterfront at the gateway to the site will bring together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design. Internationally renowned institutions, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells are planning to occupy the new development with University College London planning a move to a neighbouring site south of Anish Kapoor’s Orbit sculpture. 

The international, open, two-stage design competition for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s cultural and education hub will launch in September 2014. Get more information at ‘Olympicopolis’ Competition website.

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