This Week in Landscape | 21 September 2014

10 No Brainers – Say “Yes” to Parklets from Centre for City Ecology on Vimeo featuring Nancy Chater, Landscape Architect and Associate, The Planning Partnership.

Energy Corridor district mulches to maintain trees | Jocelyn Kerr | Chron.com
“In the old days when you’d build a freeway, you’d use the subsoil you dug up during construction, add some compost then seed it. It’s hard to grow anything in that. You need a better grade of soil. TxDOT came up with the Green Ribbon Project…”

Architects step in to street vendors row | Bangkok Post
“Landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom, the project designer, said most city footpaths are not functional, adding an infrastructure plan that is synchronised between various government agencies was urgently…”

A Brazilian City’s Dilemma: How Urban Should a Waterfront Be? | Greg Scruggs | Next City
“Whatever the merits of JLAA’s plan, Mayor José Fortunati has moved it forward. On September 4, in a ceremony that featured Lerner, he announced a R$57 ($25 USD) million bid to implement the design scheme, a project scheduled to break ground in the first trimester of 2015.”

Wait Your Turn for the Swings at Boston’s Adult Playground | Anthony Flint | CityLab
“The wildly successful Lawn on D Street is a temporary park that took no tedious city planning. Should we let more urban design emerge organically?”

Building a beautiful, durable and sustainable streetscape is a team effort | Roger K. Lewis | Washington Post
“Urban and suburban streets should be structurally sound and safe for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Ideally, they should also be beautiful.”

Graduate School of Design Launches $110-Million Campaign | Harvard Magazine
“THE HARVARD Graduate School of Design (GSD) launched its $110-million-plus fundraising campaign on September 12 and 13 with a series of events highlighting the school’s “grounded visionaries”: architects, planners, and designers who are at once free to dream of inventive solutions for—and intensely concerned with the practical challenges of—building a better world.”

“Save the Frick” Petition Racking Up Signatures | Rozalia Jovanovic | artnet news
“The Frick’s expansion plan, which was unveiled in June, calls for doing away with the coveted viewing garden on East 70th Street designed by landscape architect Russell Page”

Minneapolis is seeking a landscape architect to design the `Commons`

The City of Minneapolis is seeking a qualified landscape architect-led team to design the “Commons” (formerly known as “The Yard”), a two-block, 4.2 acre area bounded by Park Avenue, 4th and 5th Streets, and a proposed building on 5th Avenue South.

“This is an exciting opportunity for a landscape architect-led design team to shape a part of our city by creating an engaging, innovative, year-round public space,” said Tom Fisher, Co-Chair of the Park Committee, Dean of the University of Minnesota Design School. “The Commons will not only serve as the front yard before every Viking’s home game and major event hosted at the
new multipurpose stadium, but will be that world class destination that draws more residents, visitors, and investment to downtown Minneapolis.”
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Call for Submissions | The International Garden Festival 2015

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2014 International Garden Festival | Pink Punch | Nicholas Croft & Michaela MacLeod | Image: Louise Tanguay

The International Garden Festival,  presented at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens in the Gaspésie region of Québec, is preparing  its 16th edition and is issuing an international call for proposals to select designers who will create the new temporary gardens that will be presented from June 27 to September 27, 2015.

“Buzz” is the operative word guiding the 2015 Festival. The installations selected by the jury will have  a special energy and connection to the natural world. The temporary gardens will have a central  concept that will be clearly articulated and a degree of interactivity that encourages visitors to enter  with enthusiasm and leave with a wish to dialogue and discuss. They will be bold or earthy, complex  or very simple. The goal is to intrigue visitors with the unusual or to impress by new ways of  presenting what is common. Incorporating vegetables and/or aromatic, medicinal or edible plants, the  new gardens will be full of colour and intensity.

This call for proposals is open to all landscape architects, architects, designers and artists from Canada and abroad. For complete information on this call for proposals, those interested should consult the web site: www.projects.internationalgardenfestival.ca

The deadline for the submission of entries is MONDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2014 at 5 pm EST.

5 design teams unveil designs for Presidio Parklands

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IMAGE CREDIT | TEAM James Corner Field Operations

Five international landscape architecture and design teams recently presented their concepts for 13 new acres of Presidio parklands. The new parklands will be created by the replacement of the elevated highway (Doyle Drive) that has cut through the Presidio for seven decades, with a below-grade roadway covered by tunnels. The Presidio Trust, in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service, asked the five teams to develop creative concepts to inspire ideas about what could happen at the site.

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IMAGE CREDIT | OLIN

The five teams: CMG Landscape Architecture, James Corner Field Operations, OLIN, SNØHETTA, and West 8 Team, presented their concepts at a public meeting . The teams were selected from 25 respondents to a request for qualifications in March, 2014. They were provided with a stipend and tasked with developing conceptual design and programming for the new landscape.

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KERB 22 Launches

Kerb 22: Remoteness Launch from Melbourne Books on Vimeo.

The 22nd edition of KERB – Journal of Landscape Architecture launched at the RMIT University Design Hub in Melbourne, Australia. The journal is unique in being compiled and edited each year by a small group of students, who select a range of articles pertinent to the dedicated theme of each edition. The theme for KERB 22 is remoteness.

Kerb 22 interrogates the notion of remoteness from four viewpoints, identifying opportunities of engagement within spaces balancing on the edge of tangibility, or deeply virtually sited. This issue of Kerb aims to establish connectivity between the entities that lie within a greater territory, calling for the interrogation of space. Whether through the distribution of physical settlements or through the definition of virtual boundaries, mediating the divide places remoteness within a near-instantaneous reach; enabling us to grasp and employ the remote as a tool for spatial negotiation.

Contributors for KERB 22 include Benjamin H. Bratton, Mond Qu, Tiago Torres-Campos, Ryan Dewey, Alex Breedon, Gross.Max, Frances Edith Cooper, José Alfredo Ramirez/Clara Olóriz, Pierre Bélanger, Rene Van Meeuwen, Michael Light, Casey Lance Brown/Rob Holmes, James Ramsey, Ja Kyung Kim, William Clancey, Mario Accordino/Jarrad Newman, Lateral Office, Natalya Egon/Noel Turgeon, Niki Kakali/Anastasia Kotenko, Ian Strange, Jock Gilbert and Shaun Gladwell

Purchase your copy at Melbourne Books. The Print Edition is AUD$24.95 (plus Postage) or $14.95 for Digital

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