This Week in Landscape | 5 January 2014

This Week in Landscape is back after a two week hiatus over the holiday break. We start 2014 with some great reading from the past couple of weeks.

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London will have bike highways in the sky | Lloyd Alter | Treehugger
Foster & Partners releases new images of an update based on the SkyCycle scheme developed by Sam Martin’s from Exterior Architecture in 2012.

Ten new year’s resolutions for architects in 2014 | Oliver Wainwright | The Guardian
10 resolutions with some applicable to landscape architects including “Be nice to skateboarders”.

When Tech Culture And Urbanism Collide | John Tolva | Gizmodo India
An interesting piece following on from recent media about how tech don’t understand how to create cities offline.

We need a Jamie Oliver of architecture to save us from uninspiring design says Living Architecture founder Alain de Botton | Jonathan Owen | Independent
Alain de Botton is hoping their is a Jamie Oliver out there to sort out architecture in Britain, I wonder if landscape architecture needs its own Jamie Oliver?

7 Architects On How To Design For Disaster | Fast Co.
Diana Balmori, Michael Manfredi, Peter Gluck, And More Top Architects Speak Exclusively To Co.design On How To Safeguard Cities Against The Next Hurricane Sandy.

Get to the point with your garden design | Marty Ross | Kansas City Star
“Focal points are a garden’s visual resting spots. In the flashy riot and exuberance of a summer garden, they lead the eye through it all, gently imposing order on a view.”
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STUDENT PROJECT | New Symbiotic System – Revitalization of Tai O | Wu Junqing

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New Symbiotic System – Revitalization of Tai O is in response to the decline of Tai O’s pillar industry: Agriculture and Aquaculture. It especially focuses on the trend of increasing outflow of younger generation and that wetland value is going to take over Tai O’s cultural value, historical value and spiritual value.

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Foothill College | Los Altos California | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects

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Foothill College serves as an influential example of the integration of Landscape Architecture and Architecture in post World War II modernism and was immediately bestowed many top awards upon completion.  One of the first junior colleges built after World War, and originally designed by architect Ernest Kump and landscape architect Peter Walker, the campus master plan was structured around the idea of an “acropolis”, with the campus located at the top of the hill.  Vehicles were relegated to the edges of the campus, and the pedestrian oriented campus core was dignified and tranquil.  A rolling campus green, large central grove and intimate academic courts that were an extension of the classroom pavilions created a successful hierarchy of landscape spaces and employed a distinct design language whose structural clarity remains today.  Withstanding the test of time the project was awarded the ASLA National Classic Award in 1993.

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Stadswater | Rotterdam Netherlands | OKRA

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For a long time the historic canals in the urban landscape of Rotterdam were forgotten. Today water plays the prominent role, that once it had within the city and can be discovered by visitors once again. The transformation of Stadwater is in fact a reversion of the relationship between the city and its urban canals. Since medieval times the urban water was not orientated towards the water, resulting in back-sides of the buildings along the water and anonymous public realm along the water, such as parking spaces and delivery roads. The canal route was fragmented, all having their own name: Stokviswater, Haagse Veer, Delftse Vaart, Zijl, Steigersgracht, en de Leuvekolk.

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2013 in Review | December

Döderhultsviken | Oskarshamn Sweden | Mandaworks, Adept, Hosper Sweden and WSP
After years of changes in the port industry , demands for larger areas and harbor depth has moved much of harbor industry out of the inner harbor and onto new quays further from the city center. With the goal of developing new visions for their inner harbor, Oskarshamn municipality invited 3 teams to develop proposals for city’s inner harbor.

Tempelhof Parklands Proposal | Berlin Germany | McGregor Coxall
The design intent was to deliver a project that would not only address the briefs need for a long-term vision, limited budget and flexibility but also provide an icon for Berlin, both for those arriving by the air and those on the ground. The design solution engaged with the sites historic terminal, a heritage building that was designed in the Nazi era by Ernst Sagebiel.
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Biomimicry Discovery Park | Newtown Landscape Architects
Landscape architecture is increasingly being recognised as a broad cultural, ecological, and artistic practice. Our approach is a ‘far cry from the old-fashioned idea that design is whimsical and subjective, that planning is objective and fixed’. It illustrates ‘that [landscape architecture] is a vastly expanded field of practice, demonstrating skill and expertise in understanding the context with which the development processes is to take place in order to shape the environment.

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