The regenerative potential of a site can often be discovered following a major destructive event. The deliberation and method through which the new landscape vessel takes form can be just as important as the form itself, and may become a “blue print” for future recoveries.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Beyond Remnant: Long-Term Disaster Recovery of Mapleton, Iowa | Adam Mekies, Jihee Chung, Yue Zhao, and Young Jae Ahn
Flooding in York | February 16, 2014
Over the last few months, the UK has seen continual flooding which has seen a great deal of discussion on how to deal with the water management in the UK. Recently, Sue Illman President of the Landscape Institute has sent an open letter to Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP. The letter signed by 12 organisations calls for a complete rethink of water management to prevent the effect of water on villages, towns and cities of the England and Wales.
The letter goes on to call for “ an immediate cross departmental conference with DECC, DEFRA, DCLG, the EA and NRW, in a similar manner to that which was convened to address the problem of ash-dieback.”. It also calls for proper exploration of the larger catchment management issues, and how forestry, land management and soft engineered flood alleviation schemes can hold back water in the upper reaches of rivers, and work alongside a dredging programme in the lower reaches.
The letter was also sent to the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Anne McIntosh MP and Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency.
To view the full letter visit http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/PDF/LettertoPrimeMinisterFeb14.pdf
IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User Simon Aughton
Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district with public art and light. MDI is pleased to announce that its Call for Entries is now open. However, there is one proviso – the call is open to all professional artists, architects, designers, design firms and/or teams consisting of these entities located in the following eight southeast Michigan counties: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne.
Accepted proposals will be funded up to $75,000 per viaduct. Applicants may provide proposals for either one or both viaducts. If applying for both viaducts, proposals may treat each viaduct as two separate installations or visually connect the two viaducts with a cohesive design.
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FIRST PRIZE | The Queensway Steps | Carrie Wilbert of Paris, France
The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. Entrants were challenged to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens, currently under study for conversion into an urban greenway by The Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Queensway, and their design consultants. Of the 120 submitted proposals from 28 countries, the jury selected the winners to represent the diverse array of ideas generated.
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World Landscape Architecture publishes its latest edition of WLA Magazine. The 12th edition of WLA includes 12 previously unpublished projects from various firms including Martha Schwartz Partners (Cover), HOSPER, Grant Associates, ONG&ONG, ASPECT Studios, HASSELL, AECOM, Urban Initiatives with Arterial Design, Inside Outside, GROUPE IBI-CHBA, Basic City, Felixx, Mandaworks, Adept, Hosper Sweden, WSP and others. The 12th edition also includes the full data from the 2014 Outlook Survey indicating that the world is confident about the year ahead.
Projects include a diverse range of conceptual and built projects including urban hotels, office buildings, skyscrapers, residential developments, sports promenades, green belts, art installations and memorials. As usual, WLA magazine includes projects from countries including China, Singapore, Israel, USA, Canada, and Sweden.