Landscape Institute launch website to abate LA shortage

The Landscape Institute has launched a new clean graphic site with stunning images of landscape architecture projects to try to show students and people thinking about a possible career change the great profession of landscape architecture.

The site – I Want To Be A Landscape Architect  is up and running with support from CABE Space, one of the Institute’s key stakeholders.

The Landscape Institute has launched this website and campaign in direct response to the chronically low level of entry onto Landscape Institute accredited university courses and the severe shortages of landscape architects in the labour market.

A Landscape Institute survey in 2007 showed that 52% of firms were turning away contracts because of staff shortages and in 2007 research by the Academy for Sustainable Communities, showed that the shortages of landscape architects were set to worsen as demand in the economy increased.

The website has a wealth of information and some great interviews with members of the profession. The institute is also calling on members to become apart of the site and help get the message out to local schools so check out  I Want to be a landscape architect and see how you can contribute too.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – I want to be a landscape architect website now online.

Design Debate Over Flight 93 Memorial Revived – New York Times

It has been more than two years since two college professors first made their claim that the winning design chosen for the Flight 93 National Memorial had evolved to contain elements of their proposal to honor those who died fighting the terrorists who hijacked the plane on Sept. 11, 2001.

And after an investigation by the Department of the Interior a year later found no merit to the claim by the professors, Lisa Austin and Madis Pihlak, that the winning design by Paul Murdoch, an architect based in Los Angeles, contained some of their ideas, most of those involved thought the debate over the design of the $58 million first phase of the memorial to be built near Shanksville, Pa., was over.

But the debate and rancor has been reignited in anticipation of Ms. Austin and Mr. Pihlak’s presentation of a paper on the issue on Tuesday at the “Designing the Parks” conference in Charlottesville, Va. The conference is co-sponsored by the National Park Service, which is overseeing the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Read more @ New York TimesDesign Debate Over Flight 93 Memorial Revived

Cleveland’s design district is a good idea that is moving closer to reality – cleveland.com

Cleveland’s design district is getting closer to reality. A year after plans were hatched to create an area near Playhouse Square with chic studios, retail space and storefronts for design-related companies, tenants and real-estate deals are not far away.

Creating a cluster of innovation east of downtown, where designers, their customers and suppliers can congregate, won’t just lend a cool vibe to the spot; it will create jobs.

SOURCE: cleveland.com – Cleveland’s design district is a good idea that is moving closer to reality

Chealsea Flower Show starts tomorrow

Every year the Royal Horticultural Society hold the Chelsea Flower Show which also gives garden designers to show their skills and some of the latest garden trends. But the most prominent trends is going ‘green’ and not just the plants.

Many designers are showing the public how to use their garden for sustainable purposes and reinvigorate trends such as maximising small spaces, indigenous vegetation, solar energy, water harversting, vegetable plots, and the biggest current trend – green vertical landscapes (green walls).

The Chelsea Flower Show show starts tomorrow(20 May) and runs until the 24 May.

GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing – Inhabitat

The upcoming 2008 Olympic Games are inspiring some show-stopping buildings and technologies, among them the Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall by New York based architecture & media firm Simone Giostra & Partners. Visible from up to a kilometer away on one of Beijing’s most congested main roads, the 20,000 square foot bright light facade of the Xicui entertainment complex is more than stunning, it’s surprisingly strong in its green credentials. The Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall is the world’s largest color LED display, and has a self sustaining energy life-cycle. Harvesting sunlight collected during the day via photovoltaic solar cells, the wall uses stored solar energy to light up the LED’s for a spectacular nighttime show.

SOURCE: Inhabitat » GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing.

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