Vascular Plant is new type of water infrastructure combines a series of water purification processes into a single vertical, water-circulating column. This utilizes a natural water circulation system such as those found in natural forests and underground water systems that extend horizontally from mountain to river areas.
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As a coastal city shaped by climate change, the “One Shantou: Now, Tomorrow and the Future” vision will guide the city of Shantou (located east of Hong Kong and southwest of Shanghai) through an unpredictable future. The scheme respects the extensive planning and land reclamation that had already been completed by local and regional authorities. In so doing, it avoids the common pitfall of design competitions that overlook local insight and previous investments. It also challenges the notion that competitive advantage requires a city to develop its prime real estate along coastal waterfronts.
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Back in September 2014, the Harvard GSD held the Grounded Visionaries Design Weekend as part of the campaign launch for Grounded Visionaries (set to launch a new websit in early 2015). During the Design Weekend various lectures and conversations were held including The Built Environment: A Conversation with M. Van Valkenburgh, P. Walker, and A. Berrizbeitia.
Peter Walker starts the conversation by giving a brief overview of his involvement in the Harvard GSD Landscape Architecture program and an overview of some of his recent projects (9/11 Memorial, Headland Park, Constitution Gardens) pleading with the audience to “not forget practice, practice is the way you find out whether the ideas you have work.”. Michael Van Valkenburgh follows on from Peter Walker with 3 projects from his practice that are relevant to the contemporary condition. The thematic of Van Valkenburgh’s presentation is “Infrastructure” with a topical comparison between traditional and green infrastructure. Michael also gives us a brief look into G.W. Bush Presidential Center, Lower Don Lands, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Anita Berrizbeitia then poses the questions to Peter and Michael about what drives the work. The answers provide knowledge that is relevant to students and practitioners of landscape architecture.
The conversation is just over 35 minutes, but provides information and knowledge garnered from years of practice from two of the best practitioners of the current era of landscape architecture.
The full series of Grounded Visionaries videos from the Design Weekend are availiable on Youtube.
Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service (NPS) recently announced four teams have advanced as finalists in National Parks Now, a competition inviting multidisciplinary teams of young professionals to reshape the national parks visitor experience.
Each team will now receive a $15,000 stipend to work with a broad range of stakeholders to develop digital tools, hands-on workshops, self-led tours, interactive installations, outreach and engagement campaigns, and other strategies that connect these parks to larger, more diverse audiences throughout the region.
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Back in October, WLA reported that 8 teams were shortlisted to provide a concept design for the St.Petersburg Pier. These teams submitted their designs to the city on December 15. Each team received a $30,000 stipend to submit initial design concepts, complete with reports, renderings, cost estimates and a description of how the programmatic elements meet the findings of the Pier Working Group.
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