Foothill College | Los Altos California | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects

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Foothill College serves as an influential example of the integration of Landscape Architecture and Architecture in post World War II modernism and was immediately bestowed many top awards upon completion.  One of the first junior colleges built after World War, and originally designed by architect Ernest Kump and landscape architect Peter Walker, the campus master plan was structured around the idea of an “acropolis”, with the campus located at the top of the hill.  Vehicles were relegated to the edges of the campus, and the pedestrian oriented campus core was dignified and tranquil.  A rolling campus green, large central grove and intimate academic courts that were an extension of the classroom pavilions created a successful hierarchy of landscape spaces and employed a distinct design language whose structural clarity remains today.  Withstanding the test of time the project was awarded the ASLA National Classic Award in 1993.

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2014 Landscape Architecture School Rankings

Penn State Arboretum (Flickr User:Cuizoo)

Its that time of year when Design Intelligence releases their annual rankings for the best design schools in North America. The rankings rate the design schools through surveying practitioners on which school they think is the best based on their hirings over the past 5 year. This year there has been a change in the top ranked Undergraduate coursea with Penn State overtaking LSU for 1st position; Harvard continues to dominate the Graduate courses ranking by maintaining their No.1 ranking. LSU has maintained its 3rd on the graduate course rankings with KSU rising to 2nd ranking from its 11th ranking in 2013.

The schools are also  ranked based on region (Midwest, East, West and South), communication, design, computer applications, research & theory, teamwork and sustainable design practices. The rankings not only review how employers rank each course, but there is also Deans rankings, student rankings and also a summary for each design school in the guide.

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Durham College/ University of Ontario Institute of Technology | Durham Canada | DTAH

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The guiding principle of the design is to extend the existing college campus to seamlessly integrate with the new university, arranged around a central quadrangle and colonnade. Within this framework, the movement of rainwater – from its source on rooftops and parking lots, to its release to Oshawa Creek or re-use in irrigation – organizes and articulates the landscape design. The resulting storyboard defines the campus structure and character, inspiring the visual and functional components of the exterior spaces. Stepped linear wetlands, scupper bays, bioswales and storm ponds complete with waterside decks, bridges and outlooks are knitted into the fabric of the site to engage and inform the campus users.

The integration of ordered sustainable design principles reinforces the University’s commitment to learning, teaching and professional practice in a technologically progressive environment. The goal is a campus framework that allows for flexible expansion of the new university within the existing college setting. In future phases, the addition of new residences will promote the genesis of the campus from a commuter college to a sustainable educational village.

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2013 USA Landscape Architecture School rankings announced

2013 USA Landscape Architecture School rankings announced
Harvard GSD | Gund Hall | Image Credit Flickr User
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UPDATE |  2014 Design Intelligence rankings are now available

Design Intelligence has announced the 2013 America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools including the top landscape architecture schools in the USA. This is the third year we are sharing the list with our readers. The ranking is determined by surveying respondents selected from lists of undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board.

LSU and Harvard have maintained their top ranking for Undergraduate and Graduate programs, whilst Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has risen to second spot for both its Undergraduate and Graduate programs.

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