This Week in Landscape | 21 September 2014

10 No Brainers – Say “Yes” to Parklets from Centre for City Ecology on Vimeo featuring Nancy Chater, Landscape Architect and Associate, The Planning Partnership.

Energy Corridor district mulches to maintain trees | Jocelyn Kerr |
“In the old days when you’d build a freeway, you’d use the subsoil you dug up during construction, add some compost then seed it. It’s hard to grow anything in that. You need a better grade of soil. TxDOT came up with the Green Ribbon Project…”

Architects step in to street vendors row | Bangkok Post
“Landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom, the project designer, said most city footpaths are not functional, adding an infrastructure plan that is synchronised between various government agencies was urgently…”

A Brazilian City’s Dilemma: How Urban Should a Waterfront Be? | Greg Scruggs | Next City
“Whatever the merits of JLAA’s plan, Mayor José Fortunati has moved it forward. On September 4, in a ceremony that featured Lerner, he announced a R$57 ($25 USD) million bid to implement the design scheme, a project scheduled to break ground in the first trimester of 2015.”

Wait Your Turn for the Swings at Boston’s Adult Playground | Anthony Flint | CityLab
“The wildly successful Lawn on D Street is a temporary park that took no tedious city planning. Should we let more urban design emerge organically?”

Building a beautiful, durable and sustainable streetscape is a team effort | Roger K. Lewis | Washington Post
“Urban and suburban streets should be structurally sound and safe for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Ideally, they should also be beautiful.”

Graduate School of Design Launches $110-Million Campaign | Harvard Magazine
“THE HARVARD Graduate School of Design (GSD) launched its $110-million-plus fundraising campaign on September 12 and 13 with a series of events highlighting the school’s “grounded visionaries”: architects, planners, and designers who are at once free to dream of inventive solutions for—and intensely concerned with the practical challenges of—building a better world.”

“Save the Frick” Petition Racking Up Signatures | Rozalia Jovanovic | artnet news
“The Frick’s expansion plan, which was unveiled in June, calls for doing away with the coveted viewing garden on East 70th Street designed by landscape architect Russell Page”

HAO / Holm Architecture Office and AI have been chosen as a shared winner of the Eco City Binhai Master Plan

HAO / Holm Architecture Office and AI have been chosen as a shared winner of the Eco City Binhai Master Plan, situated outside Tianjin in Northern China and covering an area of 49,2 acres / 200,000 M2. The plan includes a new Central Business District (CBD) and five new cultural buildings. The project has been chosen as a finalist for this years WAF in Singapore.

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Mandaworks & Hosper win Masterplan design competition in Vaasa, Finland

Mandaworks, in collaboration with Hosper Sweden, has recently been awarded first prize in the international architectural competition for a new mixed-use urban development on the former horse race track, Vaasan Raviradan. The jury unanimously appointed Mandaworks proposal, ”Inside – Outside,” as the contest winner out of the 63 submitted proposals.

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Epicurious Garden | Brisbane`s new edible garden


Epicurious Garden is an edible garden designed to educate and inspire Brisbane’s Southbank visitors. The garden is a design collaboration between Brisbane City Council and JFP Landscape Architects along with Jerry Coleby-Williams assisting with the planting design. The Epicurious Garden is all about discovery – explore the garden’s exquisite plant life and see what fresh produce looks, feels and smells like; gardener volunteers will educate the public about inner-city gardening and providing recipe suggestions for the produce on display. 

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Waterloo Youth Facility | Sydney, Australia | Terragram Landscape Architects, Collins & Turner Architects


The Waterloo Youth Facility now known as WEAVE (Working to Educate, Advocate and Empower) is located on a fault line between newly found affluence and a socially disadvantaged population that traditionally occupied the area of Waterloo, an inner suburb of Sydney. The original building was a converted amenities block. Resembling a graffiti covered bunker, it served the community of disadvantaged citizens for more than 15 years. In 2008, the City of Sydney decided to embark on the revitalization of the facility and organized a limited competition.

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ONE City Plaza | Greenville, South Carolina | Civitas


Image Credit | Fish Eye Studios

“It’s gem-like in a gem-like city,” says Mark Johnson, founding principal of Civitas about the new ONE City Plaza in Greenville, South Carolina. The project’s simple elements – including urban sofas, trees, water and shade structure – combine for maximum impact in creating an outdoor experience that attracts pedestrians for shopping, dining or just strolling in the city’s central downtown district.

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COMPETITION | Connect Kendall Square


The Connect Kendall Square  Design Competition is organised by the City of Cambridge, USA and directed under the auspices of the Office of the City Manager and the Community Development Department. The Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition is a unique opportunity to plan and implement a vision for the entire open space network in Kendall Square and vicinity. The City is looking for new thinking with respect to the overall public realm, connections, programming, and place making.

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