World Landscape Architecture - landscape architecture webzine 2014-10-31T13:52:14Z WordPress Damian Holmes <![CDATA[CALL FOR ENTRIES | 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellece]]> 2014-10-31T13:51:00Z 2014-10-31T13:48:40Z ]]>


The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the 48 contiguous United States. Award winners may use prize money in any way that benefits the project.

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), a program of the Bruner Foundation, is a biennial award that celebrates urban places distinguished by quality design and their social, economic and contextual contributions to the urban environment. The event is intended to highlight the project, celebrate its award, and advance conversation about urban excellence in the city.

Deadline for Entries | midnight on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cost |  $45.00 per entry

Click here for application information



Damian Holmes <![CDATA[WLA Magazine | 16th Edition | a diverse range of landscape architecture projects]]> 2014-10-31T13:52:14Z 2014-10-28T15:18:31Z ]]> WLA16_COVER

The 16th edition of WLA Magazine (digital magazine) showcases some of the most interesting and varied landscape architecture works from across the world. The recently opened David H. Koch  Plaza at the Met in New York graces the cover of this edition, the plaza designed by OLIN is a project that shows restraint in creating a beautiful public plaza that perfectly compliments a New York landmark.

When curating this edition it was hard to choose from the high quality and diverse range of  submissions that received, however after much deliberation, 18 projects were selected to be published in this 83 page edition; including Adelaide Airport Plaza, Waterfront Promenade, Self Drive nature routes in South Africa,  an Intervention in a park in Portugal, beach promenade in Vancouver, a roving educational van in San Francisco, signage for trails in Las Vegas, a golf resort, Green Architecture in Singapore, a Zoo exhibit in Australia and many more projects. The variety of projects in the 16th edition of WLA Magazine will raise the interest of any landscape architect.

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Damian Holmes <![CDATA[EVENT | Melbourne Bioblitz 31 Oct-15Nov]]> 2014-10-27T14:14:14Z 2014-10-27T22:08:53Z ]]> Melbourne-BioBlitz_2014-1

The City of Melbourne is holding the Melbourne BioBlitz , a data collection based event in which members of the public of all ages can become volunteer citizen scientist to  help discover the diverseanimal and plant species that call Melbourne home. The data collected will help develop the City of Melbourne’s first ever Urban Ecology Strategy.

Melbourne BioBlitz is a data collection based event in which members of the public of all ages can become volunteer citizen scientists. The goal is to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible in the city.

There are two ways to get involved:

1. Become a citizen scientist and carry out an independent BioBlitz at any time by following theBioBlitz toolkit or

2. Join one of our expert-led BioBlitz events.

After your BioBlitz you can submit your sightings in three ways:

1. Using the form on the website

2. Tag your sighting #bioblitzmelb on Twitter and Instagram (don’t forget your location!)

3. Use the BowerBird website

Melbourne BioBlitz runs from 31 October to 15 November 2014.

More information at Melbourne BioBlitz

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[‘Jaanila Country’ by KCAP with Felixx awarded with Habitat award for public space design]]> 2014-10-27T13:16:26Z 2014-10-27T08:55:14Z ]]> Yaanila-FLOWER-PATH

Jaanila Country, a masterplan by KCAP Architects & Planners has been awarded with the Habitat award for the best residential public space design in the Leningrad region (St. Petersburg), Russia. The public space of Jaanila Country has been developed in cooperation with landscape architects Felixx. It was chosen as first prize winner out of a selection of 13 nominated projects. The regional Habitat contest is hosted by the Leningrad Union of Building Organisations and has been held for the first time. It aims to honor new developments for their contribution to the public environment.




Jaanila Country is a 42 ha residential area for 9.000 new residents, commissioned by LST Development. Construction is estimated to start in the beginning of 2015. ‘Jaanila Country will not be like the many large scale developments in Russia. It is based on creating a specific interaction between built environment and green,’ says Ruurd Gietema, urban planner and partner of KCAP. ‘The concept is rooted in a European town planning tradition of large parks amid residential and working neighborhoods,’ he continues.


The required facilities of all private blocks are combined into a public park for the whole district. All neighborhoods adjoin this central green space, establishing a public realm that acts on different scale levels. The park anchors the new district in the surrounding forest landscape, rooting urban functions in a natural environment. As a cohesive green core, this provides a shared identity to all surrounding neighborhoods.


‘The edges are treated as interfaces, establishing strong connections between the neighborhoods and the park,’ states Michiel van Driessche, landscape architect and partner of Felixx. ‘On the western side as a formal boulevard, accompanied by evergreen pine trees, creating a lasting experience in every season. On the eastern side as an informal walkway, planted with flowering shrubs and trees, creating a continually changing image. Between these two sides, a network of paths ensures that the park is part of the daily walking routes of all residents.’


To activate the park, the functions and facilities which are normally located within the block are centralized. Sports facilities are combined into public sport clusters. Together with the kindergartens they create neighborhood destinations in the park. Playing areas are integrated in a 3-dimensional landscape. Grass hills with playgrounds alternate with depressions, which may temporarily fill with water. Specially designed squares along the boulevard in the west, and wooden piers along the flower path in the east, connect the park to the neighborhoods. The aim of the park is to create a public space which can be used during the whole year, offering an enchanting realm in every season.




Damian Holmes <![CDATA[+50 Landscape Project | Kildavin, Ireland | Bernadette Kinsella]]> 2014-10-26T14:57:22Z 2014-10-26T13:11:02Z ]]> WLA-13_+50-Landscape-Project_Bernadette-Kinsella_Image-3

+50 Landscape Project is a landscape initiative situated in the heart of a small village in the south east of Ireland. Completed in 2013 the project represents the coming together of landscape architecture and community endeavour in a uniquely procured enterprise. +50 references the number of participants involved in the project.


Made up of individuals, companies and the local County Council, each contributor provided expertise, labour, materials or funding as was appropriate to their skill set. In this way costs were met by these participants who took on work or donated materials themselves or through donations and funding covering necessary expenditure, which accounted for about one quarter of the project. Contributions ranged from a single hour to 300 and from €20 to €2000, however, the energy that contributed to the success of the project cannot be fully encapsulated in these simple terms.



The village of Kildavin evolved and grew around a staggered crossroad, along one arm of which lay the ubiquitous outdoor handball alley. Once important locations throughout the country for social congregation and sporting prowess the outdoor alleys, now redundant as sporting facilities, have fallen out of use. While some have been converted into farm storage most are in decay, however even the dilapidated remnants remain an instantly recognizable symbol across the Irish landscape. In 2009 the Kildavin handball alley was sadly demolished due to dereliction and a degree of associated anti social behaviour.


The removal of the handball alley created a dramatically different space within the village. Devoid of a large dark structure the area was now full of light for the first time and opened up a previously obscured vista onto one of the villages two churches. Initially the overriding sense of the space was one of an absence, the neatly grassed site paying homage to the loss of an enduring edifice. With time this sense of absence faded and the site began to be seen as a space in its own right, albeit not one of major significance. A disused Weighbridge, which predates the alley, still remains on the site. Once used to weigh livestock its presence, now more visible, acts as a strong anchor and reminder of the earlier nature of country life where localised facilities were essential.


The site is substantial in size relative to a small village measuring 380m2. In 2011 Landscape Architect Bernadette Kinsella, who grew up in the village, redesigned the space and has project managed the build and maintenance, as well as donations, to date. Included in the 50 contributors her services too were given free of charge. The design proposed to transform the space into a small park, which would provide a colourful yet peaceful area in the heart of the village itself.



The design rationale embraced heritage as a theme while at the same time creating a space that is contemporary in nature as reflected in the layout and planting scheme. Starting with cultural heritage the dimensions of the former handball alley were referenced by the use of a ground recessed steel section, which replicated its dimensions on the west side of the site. Soil and drainage conditions were poor in this area due, in part, to the burying of rubble from the demolition. This provided an opportunity to plant a small copse of the native species Salix caprea and Betula pubescens that further strengthened the demarcation of the former handball alley. A cultivar of the native grass Deschampsia cespitosa was selected for planting in the roadside border, internally edged in steel, at this end of the site to compliment the willow and birch. This border acts to lightly enclose the space leading the eye to the more open aspect of the eastern end.


Continuing the theme of heritage the remaining materials reflect the geological nature of the surrounding countryside. Kildavin is bounded to the west by the granite edge of the Backstairs mountains. More locally, the sand pits and quarries along this part of the river Slaney demonstrate a diverse mixture of rock types including granite, limestone, quartz and sandstone and the presence of high beach sand. The local quarry donated cement for the central path and crushed local stone aggregate used as the main surface while fundraising and support from a local supplier enabled the use of Carlow granite on the entrance threshold.


The layout design features a long central path made up of three modular unit sizes. The uneven nature of the site boundary demanded a strong internal core to anchor the space in its location. The single most fundamental part of the design, the path is the element to which all linear aspects of the space align. Angular free form planting beds are laid out around the path to the east of the site where the planting is perennial and colourful in nature. Dormant during winter months it builds to a crescendo during the summer. A keen hope was that a visually attractive planting scheme could also attract a diversity of insect life. This attraction has proved remarkable successful with many bumble bees, butterflies and hover flies species evident in abundance throughout as well as ladybirds in both larvae and adult stages.

The +50 Landscape Project was completed over a two and a half year period and represents the coming together of a group of individuals working towards a single vision.


Project name: +50 Landscape Project
Location: Kildavin, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Designer: Bernadette Kinsella MLA, Dip. Hort, Ba Fine Art

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[MH17 Memorial Design Ideas Competition *UPDATE*]]> 2014-10-24T13:30:52Z 2014-10-24T13:08:40Z ]]>

*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

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[Dallas’s Klyde Warren Park wins the 2014 ULI Urban Open Space Award]]> 2014-10-26T10:50:58Z 2014-10-23T13:36:27Z ]]> 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

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[Capitol Singapore | Singapore | Grant Associates]]> 2014-10-26T10:52:31Z 2014-10-22T13:12:45Z ]]> 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

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[Connect Kendall Square Competition Finalists announced]]> 2014-10-18T13:00:23Z 2014-10-20T13:24:11Z ]]>


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

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[OMA + OLIN Design Selected for the 11th Street Bridge Park]]> 2014-10-17T16:10:55Z 2014-10-17T15:53:18Z ]]> 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