Although the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto is a summer long festival of colour and pageant, this is not true of the winter months. No place is this more evident than along the boardwalk of Toronto’s east-end beaches, where vacant, utilitarian lifeguard stations standout as symbols of public space beholden to weather.
Continue reading Winter Stations Design Competition | Re-imagine Toronto’s winter waterfront
Recently, the annual Olmsted Lecture was given by Joseph Disponzio at the Harvard GSD. Disponzio gives an interesting lecture exploring the intellectual origins of landscape architecture and the term landscape architect.
“Exploring the transformation of the modeling of land from garden-making to landscape architecture, this lecture by Joseph Disponzio will establish the intellectual origins of landscape architecture in relation to the new garden practices that emerged during the 18th century, and the texts that codified these practices, amid Enlightenment-era changes in the understanding of nature. Disponzio is Preservation Landscape Architect for the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and Director of the Landscape Design program at Columbia University. He has taught at several institutions, published widely on garden history from the 18th century to the present, and is currently writing introductions for an edition of N. Vergnaud’s L’Art de créer les jardins (1835) and a translation of Jean-Marie Morel’s Théorie des jardins (1776).”
After the reconstruction of an old house and turning the garden upside down, only a single flower species bravely survived: a snowdrop. The garden is located at the edge of a municipal forest in a suburb of Prague. There are 800 square metres of old orchard and an overly dense growth of exotic conifers around a villa built around 1930. The romantic house was very lovingly restored, and the idea for the future garden was similar: to save all healthier trees and bring back the charming atmosphere of the era between the World Wars.
Continue reading Villa Snowdrop | Prague Czech Republic | Jana Pyskova
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the 48 contiguous United States. Award winners may use prize money in any way that benefits the project.
Continue reading CALL FOR ENTRIES | 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellece
The 16th edition of WLA Magazine (digital magazine) showcases some of the most interesting and varied landscape architecture works from across the world. The recently opened David H. Koch Plaza at the Met in New York graces the cover of this edition, the plaza designed by OLIN is a project that shows restraint in creating a beautiful public plaza that perfectly compliments a New York landmark.
When curating this edition it was hard to choose from the high quality and diverse range of submissions that received, however after much deliberation, 18 projects were selected to be published in this 83 page edition; including Adelaide Airport Plaza, Waterfront Promenade, Self Drive nature routes in South Africa, an Intervention in a park in Portugal, beach promenade in Vancouver, a roving educational van in San Francisco, signage for trails in Las Vegas, a golf resort, Green Architecture in Singapore, a Zoo exhibit in Australia and many more projects. The variety of projects in the 16th edition of WLA Magazine will raise the interest of any landscape architect.
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