COMPETITION | Connect Kendall Square

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The Connect Kendall Square  Design Competition is organised by the City of Cambridge, USA and directed under the auspices of the Office of the City Manager and the Community Development Department. The Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition is a unique opportunity to plan and implement a vision for the entire open space network in Kendall Square and vicinity. The City is looking for new thinking with respect to the overall public realm, connections, programming, and place making.

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Confluence Banquets and Resort | Chennai, India | ONE landscape

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Located in the outskirts of Chennai, India, Confluence is a unique project in its scale and aspiration. Conceived as a resort destination it also contains a convention building with a large lawn.  The villa zone overlooks a lush central garden with series of pavilions and platforms terminating at the swimming pool in front of the club house building.

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This Week in Landscape | 13 July 2014

This week’s summary of  landscape news and  information

President Obama on Landscape Architects (Video) | ASLA
President Obama acknowledges landscape architects’ role in rebuilding infrastructure.

Public parks under threat | Landscape Institute
A report from the Heritage Lottery Fund reveals the growing risk of Britain’s parks becoming run down or getting sold.

America’s Leading Design Cities | Richard Florida | The Atlantic CityLab
“Architecture is the second-largest sector, with 85,000 working in firms and another 23,000 self-employed. There were another 21,000 landscape designers, about a quarter of whom were self-employed.”

Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) issues a Joint Statement of North East New Territories Development Areas | HKILA
“Currently the supply in residential market is inadequate and one of the viable solutions is to increase the land supply.”

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WLA interviews Richard Weller about LA+, PennDesign`s new journal.

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The University of Pennsylvania School of Design recently announced the launch of Landscape Architecture Plus (LA+), an interdisciplinary design journal produced at the School under the direction of Dr. Tatum L. Hands, Editor-in-Chief, and distributed globally by ORO Editions. “We wanted to produce something completely different to the usual landscape design journal-which generally just features designers talking to other designers-and truly embrace the rhetoric that landscape architecture is an interdisciplinary field,” Dr. Hands explained.

LA+ is targeted toward the thinking professional and features a range of contribution types including essays, interviews, design criticism, graphic features, illustrations, and provocations. Published twice yearly, each issue of the journal explores a theme from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, provoking new modes of creative inquiry and practice.

World Landscape Architecture (WLA) had the chance to email interview Professor Richard Weller, Chair of PennDesign’s Landscape Architecture Department about the launch of the new journal.

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Hummingbird House | Paradise Valley USA | Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture

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This landscape jewel in a tiny, previously unused space between curving planes of house walls, once a forgotten space, has become a treasured outdoor room, abound with color, form, texture, art and nature. The garden showcases and celebrates desert morphology and the astoundingly beautiful genus that thrive in the harsh arid environment. The design balances the client’s desire to honor and respect the geometry of the original architecture designed by Will Bruder, whilst creating a contemporary courtyard that provides a place to retreat and relax, but is also viewed from within the residence as a living sculpture.
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