Seven Designers vie for Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

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The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute recently announced the first-ever Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition, in which top designers and architects will propose dynamic structures to be installed in front of the famed Flatiron Building for the 2014 winter holiday season.

The winning design will be unveiled in November—in the North Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street—and will remain on view through the holidays as part of the Partnership’s annual “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming.

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Corals at Keppel Bay | Keppel Island, Singapore | ICN Design International

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Keppel Island was one of the small islets clustered around the harbour headlands. Leveled and redeveloped for berthage and dockside the original topography of the landform was lost to concrete wateredge structures and flat whartside space. Now the ships, the cranes and cargo have all gone. The sea breeze cools occasional joggers, fisherman and strolling couples, across the vacant open space, awaiting a new chapter in its history.

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The Bank Street Parklet Project | Adelaide Australia | Taylor Cullity Lethlean

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Parklets move down the grade of the street. Image Credit | Ben Wrigley

The Bank Street Parklet project is a significant development contributing to the laneway links of Adelaide recognised by Jan Gehl between the River Torrens / Adelaide Oval and Central Market/ Victoria Square precinct. With over 12,000 pedestrians a day and vibrant activity in the evenings and early mornings, the project dreamed of an innovative solution with new public amenities inherent of high urban design values. The design would be robust, durable, and flexible in its application to meet a difficult sloping topographic context. As a revitalised shared street it would unify a complex array of contradicting standards and approval guidelines.

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WLA is happy to announce Nemetschek Vectorworks as a new partner

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World Landscape Architecture is happy to announce Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. as a new partner and thank them for their support of World Landscape Architecture. Our partners make it possible for us to continue to publish great landscape architecture projects from across the world.

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that allow designers to easily capture, develop and communicate their ideas with accuracy and efficiency. One of their products, Vectorworks Landmark, offers an intuitive interface that lets you create dynamic 2D/3D designs with intelligent site-specific objects. The suite of precision drawing tools is easy to use, meaning you’ll be laying out plans, elevations, sections, and detail drawings in no time. Plus, you can analyze pre- and post-development site conditions, incorporate landscape plans, estimate proposed materials and work, and help clients visualize ideas using built-in objects, powerful databases, and flexible documentation features.

World Landscape Architecture thanks Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc for their support and look forward to our partnership.

BOOK REVIEW | Design Ecologies, The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu

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More than a standard monograph, Designed Ecologies: The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu goes beyond publishing past works and includes 11 essays from the William Saunders and many others which delve deeper into Yu’s work, its background, influences and principles. Continue reading BOOK REVIEW | Design Ecologies, The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu

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