Piet Oudolf’s garden at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale

Piet Oudolf from Institute of the 21st Century on Vimeo.

ADEPT and LiWplanning win The Danish Landscape Award

Måløv Axis ADEPT

ADEPT and LiWplanning recently were awarded The Danish Landscape Award 2010 for the project ”Måløv Axis”, developed in collaboration with Imitio and Søren Jensen Engineering.

The purpose of the award is to bring landscape architecture in both urban and rural areas into focus. In addition, the award is an opportunity to honour individuals who with their extraordinary landscape architectural work contribute to the development of the profession.

Parking Day 2010

Parking Day occurred last Friday with participation from variety of groups, schools, companies and groups across the world. Landscape architecture firms and schools did their part to try and make a difference in their cities. We thought it would be good to summarise some of the activities so you can get ready for 2011 Parking Day. Some where green with plants and others where green by using recycled materials.

Studio Architecture and SWA Group – San Francisco

Baltimore Brew – Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, created a parking site on Franklin Street

ABC News – 10 SUNY ESF spots across Syracuse

The Newshouse – SUNY-ESF landscape architecture students join more than 20 other Syracuse residents in the PARK(ing) Day initiative.

Cornell Daily Sun – Landscape Architecture Students Educate Public About Urban Green Spaces

East Valley Tribune – Arizona State University created miniature parks in the metered parking spaces that line downtown Tempe’s main drag.
University of Minnesota – Landscape Architecture students participate in PARK(ing) Day

If you have any links or videos of Parking Day by landscape architecture firms, schools, or groups email damian@worldlandscapearchitect.com

Public Works Departments turning to AEC firms for landscape architecture

Recently Public Works published a survey or Top AEC (Architecture Engineering Construction) firms finding that for the first time since 2005 one-third of Public Works departments “are now turning to these same firms for landscape architecture park/design.”

We can interpreted this survey in many ways such as AEC firms have hired more landscape architects and therefore have the skilled staff to complete the work and are marketing their firm as multi-service or integrated design (hot topic at the moment). Another interpretation is that AEC firms needed more billable work in the current financial market to keep their current architecture, engineering & construction staff occupied and have been marketing wider services towards Public Works departments. I just hope that Public Works departments are making sure that the landscape architecture work is being undertaken is by qualified landscape architects and not engineers and architects.

With large unemployment in the landscape architecture industry in North America it would be a shame to see so many talented people to be left idle as Public Works departments contract Architects and Engineers to take on a service that they are not trained or qualified to fulfill. I don’t wish to be negative or hostile towards our allied professionals and I hope that this increase of Public Work departments use of AEC firms for landscape architecture means more jobs for landscape architects!

More Information on the Survey read Public Work – Multipurpose solutions are on the rise

New Botanical Garden in Shanghai [VIDEO]

In May 2010, a new botanical garden Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Park 上海辰山植物园 (Shanghai’s 2nd botanical garden) opened after 3 years of construction. The project was apart of improvement works by the government for the 2010 EXPO.

The Botanic Park was designed by Christoph Valentien of  Valentien + Valentien  Landscape Architects and Urban Planners. The design uses Chinese Garden techniques informed by ecological principles. 35 theme parks spread across 200 hectares of land, framed by a ring of laurel forests from all over the world. New Botanic Garden Shanghai has been published about the design by Jovis.

Below is a video with Christoph Valentien by Art.21 program of Deutsche Welle channel.

The Botanical Park is situated in the area known as Songjiang and is 30km from downtown Shanghai and is accessible by the newly opened Metro Line 9.

VIDEO SOURCE: Daily Motion

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