WLA #05 is the latest edition of our quarterly landscape architecture magazine includes built and unbuilt landscapes from around the world. It is great to see a wide range of projects from USA, New Zealand, Canada, UK, Italy and Guatemala. The contributing firms include Labics, Sasaki, SWA Group, MKSK, Taylor Cullity Lethlean And Wraight + Associates, OKRA, HM White, and NIP PAYSAGE.
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Peace Bridge - Flickr User Bike Calgary (1)
The striking red Peace Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava opened to the public with a community celebration on Saturday 24 March. The bridge design was unveiled in 2009 to varied opinions and created controvesy for its color, design and cost. Now that has faded into the background as the bridge has become a reality and opened to the public with many celebrating by crossing the bridge for the first time.
Continue reading Calatrava designed Peace Bridge opens in Calgary
Launching the #04 edition of WLA Quarterly Landscape Architecture Magazine which includes projects from OLIN, Sasaki Associates, ACT, BDP, HASSELL, LOLA, Deltavormgroep and Piet Oudolf, Design Workshop and Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. The projects range from small scale designs to strategic master plan for a New Seven Wonders of the World.
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This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web
Marriott Green Roof | Victoria Canada | Flickr User: pnwra
Ecosystems and Economics – How green roofs can improve our cities | Charlotte Sankey | The Big City
The question is, will conservationists and natural capitalists spot the opportunity retrofits present to bring our built environment into harmony with valuable ecosystems?
How Do You Wean People Off Cars? By Rebranding Bikes And Buses | Skibsted Ideation | Co.Design
The only way to get consumers to choose cheaper, more efficient transportation is to make it the cool option
An Early Eco-City Faces the Future | Michael Tortorello | post gazette
For decades now, visitors have asked what it would take to finish Arcosanti. Maybe it’s time for a different question. Why doesn’t everyone choose to live this way?
Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies | LAGI
As a part of the Land Art Generator Initiative, has put together this free Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies that we hope can be a useful resource for all designers, homeowners, urban planners, students, artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and anyone else interested in a clean energy future.
A Book that aims to bring the farm to the city | Carolyn Ireland | Globe & Mail
Carolyn reviews the book Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture By Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr.
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Fall view from the Museum | ©Claude Cormier + Associés inc.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization, designed by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal and inaugurated in 1989, is comprised of two pavilions, their architecture a startling embodiment of the country’s distinguishing geographical features. The public display wing replicates the dramatic effect of the glaciers; the contours of the curatorial wing symbolize the majestic Canadian Shield; and the open Plaza simulates the vast Great Plains. The layout and sheer size of the Plaza were planned in such a way as to visually incorporate the Museum buildings and the Parliament Buildings perched across the Ottawa River. However, the Plaza’s lack of appeal had left it empty of visitors for much of the year. To remedy the situation, we extended the Museum’s original conceptual metaphor, bringing to life what had long remained latent: the swaying grasses of the Prairies.
Continue reading Urban Prairie | Gatineau Canada | Claude Cormier + Associés with Aedifica
Nature Walk, August 2010. Photo credit: ©2010 Louise Tanguay
Nature Walk is a further development of Round Up (After Monet), Legge Lewis Legge’s project commissioned for the 2008 International Garden Festival, held annually at the Jardins de Metis, Reford Gardens, Grand-Métis, Québec, Canada. Round Up (after Monet) was an array of 9 6-foot high earthworks bound with sod, heavy-duty strapping and cam buckles. The steep mounds grew and changed shape individually over time. An act of extreme landscaping, part lawn, pinch, pile and stack, this modern topiary was a growing sculpture sprung from ideas conflating Romantic Impressionism with the typical American lawn. The project spanned 2 entire seasons of the Festival, from 2008 to the spring of 2010, when it was programmatically enhanced to provide further interactivity with the public.
Continue reading Double Serpent Nature Walk | Legge Lewis Legge | Grand-Métis Canada
The design competition was held as part of the project to redevelop Place de l’Acadie and Place Henri-Bourassa, was intended primarily to produce a concept for creating areas to refresh the surrounding air in order to help fight the urban heat island effect.
The jury found that the project from NIP paysage stood out for the variety, quality and cohesiveness of the proposed areas, the potential performance in producing coolness, the user-friendliness of the meeting spaces, and the concept’s technical feasibility and viability, especially regarding its adaptability for future stages.
Continue reading NIP Paysage wins Place de l’Acadie design competition