Klyde Warren Park by The Office of James Burnett winner of 2015 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced its 2015 honors recipients. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. The honors will be presented at the president’s dinner on November 9 at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO.
ASLA Medal | M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA,
M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect.
ASLA Design Medal | Thomas Balsley, FASLA
Thomas Balsley, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Design Medal in recognition of his exceptional design work.
Battersea Power Station Development Company recently unveiled the latest images showing the redevelopment’s new public park, designed by LDA Design. The six acre park shows the shareholder’s commitment to the public realm and will deliver a new public park for London.
The new public park, which secured detailed planning consent earlier this year, is due to open in phases from 2017. This new green space the size of nearly three and a half full sized football pitches will play a key role in the over-arching place-making strategy and will connect the Power Station, Circus West and Phase 6 to the River Thames, with a riverside promenade. The park will feature large event lawns, terraced river gardens and form a highly flexible, multi-programmable space for use throughout the year.
The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), recently announced that Mario SCHJETNAN from Mexico has been selected as the winner of the 2015 premier award for Landscape Architecture, the IFLA – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.
The Award Jury composed of a Landscape Architect from each of the 5 IFLA regions, and the President of UIA (Union International of Architects) who served for the first time as a guest jury member, agreed with the Mexican Society of Landscape Architects (SAPM), who nominated him for the award, that “Mario Schjetnan is a truly outstanding figure in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in Mexico, Latin America, and the USA.” His contribution has been not only through the realisation of many important projects, but also as an academic, sharing his knowledge and passion for the profession with others.
The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award was launched in 2004 on a quadrennial basis. Its inaugural recipient was Peter Walker (USA) in 2005. Prof. Bernard Lassus (France) was awarded in 2009, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander in 2011, Mihály Möcsényi in 2012, 2013 Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and for 2014 Sun Xiao Xiang. Since 2011 the award has been bestowed annually.
The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The IFLA President, Kathryn Moore, will make the announcement in the Award Ceremony on 12 June 2015, during the 2015 IFLA World Congress in St Petersburg.
“Baan San Ngam”, a low rise beach front condominium is situated in the Prachuabkirikhan province of Thailand. Located away from the typical tourist area, the site is surrounded by mangroves and grove wood forest with the backdrop of mountainous terrain in the distant.
The varying ecological elements within the area from the sea, dunes, swamp, swale, mound and forest scape provides the site with an interesting topography and ground texture for the designer to experiment with. The concept of “Nature vs. Art” is explored in studying the translation of different shapes, colour and textures when different ecological elements merge into each other such as how water reacts when it flows and penetrate through sand.
My soul looked down from a vague height with Death, As unremembering how I rose or why, And saw a sad land, weak with sweats of dearth, Gray, cratered like the moon with hollow woe, And fitted with great pocks and scabs of plaques.
Across its beard, that horror of harsh wire, There moved thin caterpillars, slowly uncoiled. It seemed they pushed themselves to be as plugs
Of ditches, where they writhed and shrivelled, killed.
By them had slimy paths been trailed and scraped Round myriad warts that might be little hills.
– Excerpt from “The Show” by Wilfred Owen (1918)
A myriad of “little hills” constitute the landscape of what once could be called Flanders Fields. One hundred years ago, the battles of the First World War marked the beginning of the change in landscape that we still bear witness to today around the small town of Ypres. The town, quiet and rather plain, discreetly reveals the scars of its past. More than 500,000 people lost their lives here and the entire western region of Flanders was reshaped by the war. From flat plains, sudden blasts carved out rough hills and deep craters, permanently altering the perception of the local landscape. The four years between 1914 and 1918 saw a political war as well as a war on the landscape.