This Week In Landscape | 15 June 2014

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Image Credit | Damian Holmes

Berlin celebrates parks and nature with a weekend of 500 events
Stiftung Naturschultz organised the Langer Tag der StadtNatur programme of 500 events over two days (14-15 June) including hiking, green roofs tours, bird watching, bee hive management, midnight walks and more all over the city of Berlin.

ASLA announces 2014 Honors
ASLA announced the annual honors including the ASLA Medal, ASLA Design Medal and more.

From landfill to landscape in Tel Aviv | Ulrike Schleicher | dw.de
Are ugly industrial wastelands a fact of modern life? Peter Latz doesn’t think so. The German landscape architect’s newest project will convert a Tel Aviv landfill into a gigantic public green space.

Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of ‘hostile architecture’
“”So it’s OK, for example, to sit around as long as you are in a cafe or in a designated place where certain restful activities such as drinking a frappucino should take place but not activities like busking, protesting or skateboarding. It’s what some call the ‘mallification’ of public space, where everything becomes like a shopping mall.”

Tree Experts From Japan Use Century-Old Technique to Save ‘Heritage’ Tree | StateCollege.com
“Outside the Deike building on the Penn State campus, a century-old Japanese maple stands tall and firm, propped up by a slew of new wooden support beams.”

Jorn Langberg’s garden: where green is the new black | Francine Raymond | Telegraph
“What happens to a perfect garden when its creator dies? Some gardeners are lucky enough to have sympathetic heirs to inherit their passion, while others plan ahead and set up trusts to protect their creations. The rest of us just accept that gardens grow and change, and leave our plots in the lap of the gods.”

 

The central town square in Europacity | relais Landschaftsarchitekten

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The town square is located in the center of the future Europacity north of the main station in Berlin’s  Heidestraße  district. He is as an interface between the boardwalk and Heidestraße of great importance for the entire district structure and their identity formation. Also important is he to the development of a spatial relationship between the spaces of the quarter and as a new connection item, on the ship canal. The town square is also an important part of the tourism infrastructure in this historically important place of the Berlin division.

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Tempelhof Parklands Proposal | Berlin Germany | McGregor Coxall

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The use of the word “hof” within an English translation refers to a courtyard, farmyard, halo, quad or even corona. Historically the roots of this word traditionally translated as “temple”, none the less each describes a state of enclosure and sanctuary. McGregor Coxalls proposal for conversion of the Tempelhof Airfield in Berlin, Germany strategically integrates this poetic understanding with the sites existing built form, history, infrastructure and broader urban context.

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Hackesches Quartier | Berlin Germany | TOPOTEK1

Hackesches Quartier | Berlin Germany | TOPOTEK1

The urban structure – to release the Square – is in remembrance to the former church Garnisonskirche. The open space is divided into three different areas. In the extension of the Spandauer Straße a generous urban square forms the central element of the development and defines a representive entrance for the adjacent residents.

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GROSS.MAX with Sutherland Hussey win Parklandschaft Tempelhof

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Recently the entry by GROSS.MAX with Sutherland Hussey was announced as the winner of the Parklandschaft Tempelhof design competition beating a shortlist of 6 finalists including Rehwaldt Architekten Landschaft, Topotek1 and others.

GROSS.MAX were kind enough to compose an extensive description of the design concept.

John Ruskin, the illustrious art critic of the British romantic period of the 19th century wrote of modern landscape art; “If a general and characteristic name were needed for modern landscape art, none better could be invented than ‘the service of clouds’.’” It is precisely the vast openness which makes Tempelhof unique; a 360 degree diorama of sky; the ‘Himmel über Berlin’! The park will become a contemporary prairie for the urban cowboy.
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