Place by Design, the SXSW Eco Public Space Design Competition, honors visionary design work that achieves a positive community impact through the creation or re-imagining of public spaces. The Q&A style application is open to four categories of projects: Conceptual, In Planning, Implemented and Student. The application addresses project and designer information, the designer’s intention and the social and environmental impact of the project.
Human connection with place is a key factor in the struggle for a sustainable world. Good design has the ability to reflect a community’s culture and values and compels people to engage with their everyday surroundings. Vibrant public spaces signify a vibrant community and will be maintained and conserved for years to come. Placemaking and related initiatives such as tactical urbanism and public interest design focus on strengthening our connection to place by making it more accessible, community-centered, aligned with nature and even playful. Place by Design will highlight projects that transform the way communities interact with place as a means of inspiring our attendees to improve their own places. View the winners and finalists of last year’s competition
Submissions end Tuesday, July 15th at 11:59 CST
All designers must be able to present a version of their design at SXSW Eco: October 6-8, 2014
More information at SXSW Eco
Grant Associates has been appointed to design the public realm for Watermark WestQuay Southampton – a £70m leisure-led regeneration scheme masterplanned by ACME for developers Hammerson.
Inspired by tidal mudflats, the strata in which the city of Southampton was first built apon, Grant Associates’ landscape design will comprise four key components: the plaza bringing a new open space for Southampton; the ancient historic town walls that form a distinctive backdrop to the spaces; the promenade that runs the length of the walls; and the steps and ramps that negotiate the 7 metre level change between the Bargate and the lower levels of Western Esplanade.
Continue reading Southampton’s Watermark WestQuay goes to Grant Associates
Temporary and Transitory is the theme for the 14th edition of WLA Magazine. Various projects are published in this edition including temporary sand dunes, festival spaces, pop-up gardens, art installations, display gardens, indoor landscapes and waterscapes.
Firms and Organisations work published in this edition include HOSPER, UNStudio, ASPECT Studios, DE URBANISTEN, HASSELL, POLA, Groundswell Design Group, NYDPR, Karres en Brands and many more.
One of the most interesting editions that we have curated and shows the broad variety of landscape architecture across the world.
Buy your copy of WLA 14 (high resolution pdf) for $USD3.99 via Credit Card or Paypal.
Image Credit | Damian Holmes
Berlin celebrates parks and nature with a weekend of 500 events
Stiftung Naturschultz organised the Langer Tag der StadtNatur programme of 500 events over two days (14-15 June) including hiking, green roofs tours, bird watching, bee hive management, midnight walks and more all over the city of Berlin.
ASLA announces 2014 Honors
ASLA announced the annual honors including the ASLA Medal, ASLA Design Medal and more.
From landfill to landscape in Tel Aviv | Ulrike Schleicher | dw.de
Are ugly industrial wastelands a fact of modern life? Peter Latz doesn’t think so. The German landscape architect’s newest project will convert a Tel Aviv landfill into a gigantic public green space.
Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of ‘hostile architecture’
“”So it’s OK, for example, to sit around as long as you are in a cafe or in a designated place where certain restful activities such as drinking a frappucino should take place but not activities like busking, protesting or skateboarding. It’s what some call the ‘mallification’ of public space, where everything becomes like a shopping mall.”
Tree Experts From Japan Use Century-Old Technique to Save ‘Heritage’ Tree | StateCollege.com
“Outside the Deike building on the Penn State campus, a century-old Japanese maple stands tall and firm, propped up by a slew of new wooden support beams.”
Jorn Langberg’s garden: where green is the new black | Francine Raymond | Telegraph
“What happens to a perfect garden when its creator dies? Some gardeners are lucky enough to have sympathetic heirs to inherit their passion, while others plan ahead and set up trusts to protect their creations. The rest of us just accept that gardens grow and change, and leave our plots in the lap of the gods.”
Following selection in the 2011 competition UNStudio’s World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion in Qingdao has been realised. The World Horticultural Expo 2014 takes place the Chinese city of Qingdao (from April to October 2014) and is expected to attract 15 million international visitors. The main theme of the expo is ‘From the Earth, For the Earth’ and aims to encourage the exchange of culture, technology and horticultural knowledge.
Continue reading Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion | Qingdao China | UNStudio