WLA Magazine puts out the call for submissions for edition 24. This edition is unthemed and is open to submissions of built and unbuilt (conceptual) landscape architecture work. We are looking for the best work from around the world that provides our readers with a diverse range of projects. Previous submissions include urban plazas, parks, playgrounds, art installations (sculptural, lighting, temporary works and popups), gardens, retail development, roof gardens, wetlands, masterplanning documents, landscape urbanism and many more. We welcome designers and firms to submit their works by February 5 (11:59pm Honolulu time).
For more information about how to submit your landscape architecture work…..
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The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has launched a call for entries for the 2016 Awards of Excellence. For 2016, the CSLA has modernize and revised the Awards program after a two year Awards Task Force drafted and received approval for the new Awards Program. The former program recognized awards on a citation, merit and honour basis, on both regional and national levels, in several categories including design, planning and research, communications and new initiatives.
With the modernized Awards of Excellence Program, submissions will be judged and awarded at two levels:
o National Awards (up to three per category), and
o Jury’s Award of Excellence (one per year)
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We are very proud to announce that Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) has become a new partner of World Landscape Architecture. We appreciate TCL joining as a partner for 2015/2016. Our partners assist us to continue publishing great landscape architecture projects and news from across the world.
National Arboretum Canberra Masterplan by TCL | Image Credit – John Gollings
TCL is one of the Australia’s award winning landscape architecture and urban design firms. Over the past 25 years, TCL have delivered a wide range of projects across a variety of public and private settings, from urban waterfronts to desert walking trails. TCL works both nationally and internationally, undertaking a detailed exploration of context, site and community, with a focus on the poetic expression of landscape and contemporary culture.
We welcome TCL as a partner and thank them for their support. Find out more about how you can become a World Landscape Architecture Partner.
AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has announced Richard Weller as the creative director for the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra, Australia. Australian-born Weller is the Professor and Chair of landscape architecture at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA).
2016 IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress will be the main event of the Festival program to be held from 27-29 October 2016. Festival programs are designed to educate, inspire and engage landscape architects, students, universities, government, the community and the public. Events for the 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture in Festival in Canberra will be wide ranging and include a Research Summit, Student Charrette, Welcome Reception, a two-day IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, the AILA National Awards Gala Dinner, public talks, tours and exhibitions. It expects to attract 500 delegates from Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
Prior to taking up the position at Penn (having succeeded James Corner in 2013), Weller was Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. With Vladimir Sitta (Terragram) he was also Director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 who designed the controversial, Garden of Australia Dreams at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. This renowned garden will host the Welcome Reception for the 2016 Festival.
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) recently announced that the design-effective cities of Curitiba (Brazil) and Mexico City (Mexico) have been shortlisted to become World Design Capital® 2018.
“The WDC designation showcases design’s inextricable role in the solutions economy,” said Icsid President-elect and member of the WDC Selection Committee, Mugendi M’Rithaa. “Both Curitiba and Mexico City have demonstrated innovative, design-led city development plans to address urban challenges and create a better world for their citizens.”
Previous designations include Torino (Italy) in 2008, Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012 and Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014. Taipei will be World Design Capital 2016.
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Recently, the Board of the la Biennale di Venezia has appointed Alejandro Aravena as Director of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice Biennale). On his appointment Alejandro Aravena stated that
“There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life……The 15th International Architecture Exhibition will be about focusing and learning from architectures that through intelligence, intuition or both of them at the same time, are able to escape the status quo. We would like to present cases that, despite the difficulties, instead of resignation or bitterness, propose and do something. We would like to show that in the permanent debate about the quality of the built environment, there is not only need but also room for action”.
The question is will we see more landscape architecture at the 2016 Venice Biennale? I am hoping that Aravena looks to landscape architects to provide some voices on the “debate about the quality of the built environment”. After attending the 2014 Biennale – Fundamentals – that was beautifully curated by Rem Koolhaas, however there were few pavilions or exhibits focusing on landscape.
I understand that the 2016 Venice Biennale and all biennales are architecture exhibitions but often landscape architecture and landscape architects are under represented and whilst walking around the 2014 Biennale I felt that one of the most important fundamentals – the landscape – which is the site and context within in architecture is placed was not acknowledged. I hope that Alejandro Aravena heeds my call for more representation of landscape architecture at the 2016 Venice Biennale and allows landscape architects access to curate part or whole exhibitions to be able to participate in the “permanent debate about the quality of the built environment”.
Landscape Architecture is a key part of the design conversation about the quality of the built environment and how we can improve urban and rural life through positive design outcomes. I look forward to visiting the 15th International Architecture Exhibition that will take place from 28 May to 27 November 2016.
Editor – World Landscape Architecture
Just arrived in the WLA mailbox is the Autumn edition of Landscape – The Journal of the Landscape Institute. This edition covers the Landscape Institute Awards 2012 and also a few interesting articles about 2016 Olympics Rio masterplan, Remaking Cities and the Highline for London Competition. The section I enjoyed reading was Debate – Should landscape architects be activists?. Landscape is published quarterly by the Landscape Institute.