Stoss Landscape Urbanism win 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

Erie Street Plaza

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in design this fall with its 13th annual National Design Awards program. Stoss Landscape Urbanism has been awarded the National Design Award for Landscape Architecture. Other winners include Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects  (Architecture Design), Rebeca Méndez(Communication Design), Clive Wilkinson Architects(Interior Design), Scott Wilson – Minimal( Product Design). The award recipients will be honored on October 17 during National Design Week.

IMAGE: Erie Street Plaza ©Stoss Landscape Urbanism

West 8’s design for Jubilee Gardens is under construction

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West 8’s project Jubilee Gardens is finally going ahead and will screen live footage of the 2012 Olympics. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has recently announced £11.5m funding to six London boroughs for public space projects that will transform the look and feel of the Capital in time for the 2012 Games.

Jubilee Gardens is situated on the iconic Southbank and forms part of Lambeth, one of the funded boroughs. Lambeth will get £1.5m to create a live site for the 2012 Games and a world-class park.

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Soils management will be key to food, water and climate security | UNEP

Image Credit: Flickr User Soil Science

UNEP has just released the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Year Book 2012  and it highlights assessments indicating that some kinds of conventional and intensive agriculture are triggering soil erosion rates some 100 times greater than the rates at which nature can form soil in the first place.

There could also be profound implications for climate change. Soils contain huge quantities of carbon in the form of organic matter that in turn binds the nutrients needed for plant growth and allows rainfall to penetrate into underground aquifers. By 2030, without changes in the way land is managed, over 20 per cent of terrestrial habitats such as forests, peatlands and grasslands in developing countries alone could be converted to cropland aggravating losses of vital ecosystem services and biodiversity.

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Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan receives 2012 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects

Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan-OLIN

© Kieran Timblerlake / Brooklyn Digital Foundry

The Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan has received a 2012 Honor Award in the category of Regional and Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects. OLIN worked in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team including Cooper Robertson & Partners, KieranTimberlake, HR&A Advisors and over thirty stakeholder groups to create the master plan for the riverfront in downtown Philadelphia.
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This Week in Landscape | 22 January 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web

The design at the centre of Tim Waterman discussion: 'Snail and Snake Mound' Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Image Credit: Flickr user yellowbook)

Bad role models for landscape architecture | Tim Waterman | Landscape Institute
In the first of a six part series exploring how bad design concepts can get projects off to a false start, Tim Waterman explores the shortcomings of the ‘Inflexible Abstraction’.

Nature as Infrastructure | Ethel Baraona Pohl | Domus
An architecture report from Haerbin City by Ethel Baraona Pohl about how Turenscape’s founder Kongjian Yu demonstrates how nature can be a cost-free service provider in an urban context. Ecology is a synonym of economy.

Olmsted’s jewels in our midst | Justin Martin | Star Tribune
Few people can claim to know America as deeply as Frederick Law Olmsted did. His intimate knowledge of the American landscape served him superbly in the role for which he is best remembered — the country’s pioneering park maker.

San Francisco’s plan to cut non-native trees sparks environmental clash | Susan Sward | The Sacramento Bee
An intense battle is building over a little-known plan to cut down thousands of eucalyptus and other trees in urban forests here and at a city-owned golf course in Pacifica.

Critics fear loss of green spaces in regional development plan | Monique Beaudin | Montreal Gazette
West Island residents who worry that a new regional development plan will force them to allow construction on green spaces

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