NOT IN MY BACKYARD: 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture Launches Website

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NOT IN MY BACKYARD: 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture has recently launched its website. The event is taking place in Canberra, Australia over four days from 27 – 30 October 2016. Canberra is one of the very few, fully planned cities in the world.   The 2016 Festival in Canberra will connect the public with landscape architects across multiple events developed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

” ‘Not in my backyard’ is about the anthropocene and what we as landscape architects can do about it. The anthropocene is a huge and traumatic philosophical shift for humanity but the idea that we have remade the world is familiar territory for landscape architects and plays well into what landscape architects are trained to do. So, with this conference I am putting forward the notion that this is our century, this is our time to take some control. The conference is structured around 7 themed sub-sections; New Views, New Natures, New Techniques, New Practices, New Natures, New Signs and New Cities. There will also be an international short film competition and we will screen the finalists in Canberra to launch the conference. You know, its also about the fact that landscape architects don’t do backyards and so we want to make that point loud and clear on the occasion of AILAs 50th anniversary. Its also about the fact that we are all NIMBYs in one way or another.” – Richard Weller, the Festival Creative Director

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CSLA Announces the 2016 Awards of Excellence

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The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced the recipients of the National Awards of Excellence. This year, 11 projects received a national award and one project, Lansdowne Park, was selected for the Jury’s Award of Excellence, given to one project per year which best demonstrates the CSLA’s vision (advancing the art, science and practice of landscape architecture). In addition, 7 projects were attributed an honourary mention on behalf of the jury.

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`Blue-Green’ infrastructure works for Sighthill transformation

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The £250 million regeneration of Sighthill is one step closer as Glasgow City Council issues the tender for lead contractors to progress the ‘Blue-Green’ infrastructure works, which it sees as the main driver for future investment. The Sighthill regeneration comprises approximately 800 new homes, a new school campus and community facilities, as well as commercial units. The infrastructure works have been integrated into the site thanks to a public realm design strategy, developed by LDA Design as part of the Infrastructure Design Team, alongside the council and its in-house masterplanning team.
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Six Key Strategies for Vacant Land in the Future City

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Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) have released the key strategies developed through Future Ground, a competition to generate design and policy strategies for vacant land reuse.

Over the course of six months in 2015, the three winning multidisciplinary design teams – NOLEX, PaD, and STOSS – tackled fundamental questions not only about vacant land, but also about creating more equitable cities: How can we build unconventional partnerships to improve quality of life in underserved communities?
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Aitken Place Park – an intimate waterfront retreat for Torontonians

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Aitken Place Park is a 3,000m2 urban park currently being developed within the East Bayfront’s Bayside development – a formerly underutilized industrial area which is being transformed into an active and vibrant mixed use community as part of Waterfront Toronto’s ongoing revitalization efforts.
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The Tiger Glen Garden: A Garden with a Story to Tell

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The Tiger Glen Garden is a courtyard garden in the new wing of the Johnson Museum of Art. The design uses a minimalist palette of stone and moss to evoke an ancient Chinese parable known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen. As such, the garden is not simply a restive place, the design of which is intended to be only pleasing and calming. It is a meaningful place. A garden that has a story to tell.

 

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il Giardino Volante | Pistoia, Italy | Lapo Ruffi, with Angiola Mainolfi

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The project of Giardino Volante was born from the memory of natural landscapes in which we imagined to design a green network within the urban built environment, in an attempt to create a park for all in the city of Pistoia.

A garden in the heart of the city created to offer Pistoia and its people a precious place and radically renovated, to meet up and stroll in the green. A public park accessible to all, where children can play and live their adventures inspired by nature and art. A magical and extraordinary place, in which to be guided by the imagination. This is the Garden Volante, a work that we are happy to donate to the city and to all those who want to visit it.

Ivano Paci, President of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia
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