PWL Partnership Landscape Architects creates a dynamic and multifunctional landscape


The unique character of the land, its ALR designation, and input from the community provided the basis for the Garden City Lands (GCL) Legacy Landscape.  After being used as a rifle range in the early 1900’s and housing National Coast Guard communication towers in the later part of the century, this extraordinary 136 acre site located in the heart of Richmond, B.C. has remained predominantly unused.  City Council made a landmark decision to purchase the site from the Federal Government in 2010 to serve as a community amenity.  The resulting Legacy Landscape plan combines: sustainable, small-scale agro-ecological approaches to crop production; engaging, research-based approaches to conservation; community uses that promote intergenerational health and wellness; and the creation of a cultural landscape identity.  Rather than compartmentalizing these potentially divergent land uses, the Legacy plan and framework blend them, with each enhancing the other towards the creation of a truly dynamic and multifunctional landscape.


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VIDEO | Preparing an Updated Site Model for Export in Vectorworks

Recently we showed you Creating a Site Model from an Imported DWG in Vectorworks now you’ve finished the design and new 3D site model and you want to send it off to model maker, 3D printing, Engineer or other consultants. This is an easy to follow video tutorial that provides step-by-step instructions on how to export the model.

Nemetschek Vectorworks is a partner of World Landscape Architecture



Hocker Design Group uses simple palettes to create a contemporary garden


This landscape design is an example of harmonious relationships between structure and site. The project emphasizes a desire by the client to master plan the site to enhance the landscape surrounding the existing house and incorporate a new studio, sited for long vistas to the adjacent pond. The holistic approach allowed the design to focus on lush flora to create a unique inner-city panorama. The contemporary buildings and garden relate to one another gently through the careful manipulation of architectural elements that are intentionally eroded by the introduction of lush plant material. The resulting patina created along the hardscape elements ties hard to soft, architecture to garden through subtle, ethereal connections.

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17 finalists announced for Field Constructs Design Competition


Competition Finalist | COMMPOST Daniel Gillen, Colby Suter, Gustav Fagerstrom Beijing, China

Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) recently announced the 2015 Jury Selection Finalists. The appointed jury reviewed and evaluated all eligible submissions, resulting in the selection of 18 top-ranked proposals. The selection highlights a variety of approaches to today’s design innovation and represents a breadth of material, technical, and social design solutions for engaging the competition brief. The diverse qualifications of the project teams capture cutting-edge work of emerging professionals and creative practices across multiple disciplines.

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Garden on the slopes of Lo Barnechea, Santiago, Chile

Located in the Andean pre cordillera next to Santiago, the capital of Chile, the place has amazing views over the valley. However, the steepness of the slope, between 30% to 40%, makes it a difficult place to build plant and inhabit. The house has three floors and leaves 1040 square meters available for the garden. The site has no vegetation except for two big native shrubs.

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Habitat Landscape Architects creates educational parks in Northern Cape, South Africa

The client brief called for three principal focuses: the creation of employment opportunities, capacity building or skills development, and maximising the socio and economic impact of the project at the local level. Budgetary and resource limitations coupled with intense local politics resulted in a very challenging environment for design and implementation decisions.

In an effort to maximise the impact of the project on the local community and to really understand the context in terms of local needs, social issues and available skills resulted in an extensive and protracted consultation process. Amongst others this process included a “Dream parks” competition for school children that resulted in significant insight into their social problems and needs as well as their perceptions of the environment.


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Designing for Life: Launch of International Design Competition to Climate-Proof our Neighbourhoods

Groundwork London and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, in association with the National Housing Federation and the Landscape Institute, have launched the Design for Life Competition as part of their west London Urban Climate-Proofing project.

The competition invites ideas about how green infrastructure (GI) could be retrofitted in a neighbourhood to make it more resilient to climate change. Design ideas must be linked to a real space and must tackle climate challenges such as flooding, overheating and drought.

The winners will receive £1000 plus a day of expert advice on how the winning idea could be developed and implemented.

Submission deadline: 21st September 2015, 17:00 GMT

Visit to find out more and for entry information.

Image Credit | Groundwork

World Landscape Architecture is not associated with this competition please submit all questions to the organisers at

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