MRDC | Stoss Landscape Urbanism: STREAMLINES

Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition Finalist

Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition - STOSS Landscape Urbanism

STREAMLINES is about the sheer unfiltered experience of direct contact with the river and river life, in many ways, atmultiple moments. And it’s about weaving these experiencesback into the everyday city. STREAMLINES is also a project about working ecologies, ecological systems and dynamics putto work to clean, to re-constitute this working riverfront, andto guide a longer-term transformation of the city fabric.

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Landscape Architects – Welcome to 2011 – its time to lead the discussion

Welcome to 2011. All landscape architects this year need to start leading the discussions. We have lagged for too long on the sidelines being creative and idealistic watching other professions take the lead on numerous areas of design – sustainable design, urban design, water, low-carbon cities, eco-cities, food security, green architecture (vertical & horizontal) and many others. You name it if its your passion its time to start leading the discussion offline and offline whether its conferences, websites, newspapers, blogs, facebook, or twitter. Stop waiting for governments and your professional organisations to do start the conversation; they don’t have the time or people to talk about the issues we deal with on a daily basis and the solutions needed.

Landscape Architects have the skills, experience and ideas to push landscape architecture and design to new frontiers and into public awareness. So please start a blog, email newsletter, facebook group, twitter account. Don’t have time for this? well you can start by commenting on other blogs or facebook groups, or email a collegue in another design field telling them what you’ve been doing. Most importantly get involved and start the discussion about the ideas and solutions you’ve been creating in your school, office, firm, studio. The world’s waiting to hear from you.

DAMIAN HOLMES – LAND Reader Founder

Email: damian@landreader.com

Construction begins on Xian International Horticultural Exhibition

West 8 Garden 10000 Bridges Xian Expo 2011
With just under 150 days to go before the opening of 2011 International Horticultural Exhibition to be held in Xian, China (西安, 陕西) construction is in full swing on the gardens including West 8’s Garden of 10.000 Bridges (pictured above).

Gardens are telling stories; they are poetry and have a narrative. Our garden represents the human life, the path of people’s lifetime. This path is a path of uncertainty and burden. Many bridges over troubled water. The garden design takes this path of life as a meandering, winding road – continuous and like a labyrinth. The path through nature takes you over 10000 bridges.

For the 2011 Xi’an International Horticulture Exhibition, West 8 designed a Master Landscape Architect Garden, that plays with the limits and the sensation of surprise.

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LSU & Harvard top America’s Best Schools Survey

It’s that time of year when Design Intelligence publishes it’s design school rankings survey. The  2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey ranks  undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners in the professions of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design. America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools by Design Intelligence is conducted on behalf of the Design Futures Council.  This 12th annual survey was conducted in mid-2010.

The Top 5 Design Schools for Landscape Architecture:

Undergraduate
1. Louisiana State University
2. Texas A&M University
3=. Purdue University
3=. University of Georgia
3=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

Graduate
1. Harvard University
2. Louisiana State University
3. Texas A&M University
4=. Cornell University
4=. University of Pennsylvania
4=. University of Virginia
4=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

Summary
For undergraduate programs Texas A&M University was the biggest mover this year up from 7th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. As for graduate study once again Texas A&M University has moved  up the rankings from 8th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. Also Cornell University went from 9th to equal 4th. Harvard has once again topped the graduate rankings for 2011; a ranking it has held since 2005.

Landscape Professionals were also surveyed on university programs based upon graduate skills which ranks Communication, Design, Computer Applications and Sustainable Design Principles & Practices. Also included in the  survey are the  results from a Deans Survey and the Pass Rates of LARE by Section.

The 2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools is available from Design Intelligence in printed and pdf format for $39.95USD

For more information about the survey and research process

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Calls for 2011 Landscape Conference Papers & Award Nominations

Recently there have been calls for papers for 2011 events and awards below is a summary.

Call for Nominations for 2011 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
This award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.
Winners include Peter Walker and Prof. Bernard Lassus.
Nominations should be submitted by 10 November 2010.
For further details on how to nominate go to IFLA Online

Calls for Papers for IFLA 2011 World Congress
Scales of  Nature – Zurich, Switzerland 27-29 June 2011
A call for paper abstracts has been issued for papers that address the congress theme and topics. More information can be found at IFLA 2011 Registration for the Congress has also opened with limited number of attendees – they currently have an early bird offer of 488 Swiss Francs (CHF) ($485USD) – you can register at IFLA 2011.

Call for Papers for AILA 2011 National Conference
Transform – Brisbane Australia  11-13 August 2011
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference which is held every two years is being held in Brisbane in August 2011 with the conference theme of Tranform and is currently calling for papers that relate to the conference theme and session topics. Abstracts are due on 1 November 2010. For further details to the AILA 2011 National Conference Call for Papers

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