The 21st century is the century of landscape architecture: David Rubin

Recently on the Urban Design Podcast, David Rubin a partner at Olin was interviewed in which

David Rubin asserts that the twenty-first century is a century of landscape architecture, while the twentieth century was about architecture. His argument is that landscape architects are building spaces for society and forming human interaction.

Urban Design Podcast is a great weekly podcast that started in fall of 2009 by Arina Habich who is an urban designer with over 10 years of experience who saw a need for professionals around the world to share their experiences and learn about each other’s work in a more convenient way. A new 30 minute podcast episode is released for download on iTunes and the website each Wednesday.
[SOURCE: Urban Design Podcast]

GroupGSA expands into Landscape Architecture with John Holland merger

GroupGSA, a multi-discipline practice in Sydney, Australia with projects in Australia, Asia Pacific and the USA has expanded its services with the merger of GroupGSA and John Holland. John Holland Landscape Architects will now be apart of Group GSA and John Holland (Registered Landscape Architect) will now lead the Landscape Architecture section as Principal with his experience in open space planning, urban design, residential planning and infrastructure projects throughout the UK, Australia and Asia.


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Can landscape planning help get LEED certification? has just published a great article about the benefits of landscape architects and landscape planning in relation to obtaining LEED certification for developments through irrigation, mulching and specification of native plants.

Its great to see some press about how landscape architects can assist owners or developers of commercial buildings.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: – Tips for seeking LEED certification -How can landscape planning help achieve LEED certification?]

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KCAP wins Bay of Pasaia masterplan competition

KCAP Architects & Planners have won the prestigious masterplanning competition for the development of a 70 hectare site at the Bay of Pasaia, San Sebastián, Spain. The site, currently used for harbor activity, will gradually become available for redevelopment. The project is considered as a key opportunity for the surrounding communities which are in need of regeneration and will have an important impact on the entire region.

The winning scheme was elaborated by KCAP in collaboration with sustainability advisors of ECOFYS and local consultants of LKS engineering and architect Ángel de la Hoz. It was chosen unanimously by the jury. The team will remain involved to elaborate and refine the winning masterplan concept. The final version of the masterplan will be delivered in October 2010. During the next weeks an exhibition will tour the local municipalities of the bay.


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Elkus/Manfredi vs AECOM/EDAW for Daytona redevelopment plans

The city of Daytona Beach is trying to decide between Elkus/Manfredi and AECOM/EDAW for the opportunity to develop the tourist area around the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The possible redevelopment plans could hit $200 million.

Originally, the city commissioner where talking to three teams including one lead by Morris Architects who was knocked out early (they had the highest bidding price). The Commissioners quizzed the teams over previous work and also on the process they would undertake for the project including community consultation.

The City is now looking at the two proposals from Elkus/Manfredi and AECOM/EDAW and will make a decision soon.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: Daytona Beach News Journal – 2 firms tied for redesign of Daytona tourist area]

Johnson Pilton Walker & PWP selected for Barangaroo

Premier Kristina Keneally and Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, yesterday formally signed an authorisation for the $6 billion contract with Lend Lease for commercial development of Barangaroo.

At the same time as signing the contract Planning Minister Mr Kelly said that following an evaluation, Johnson Pilton Walker (Sydney based), in association with Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture (California, USA) , have been selected to work with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority to design the new Headland Park and other public spaces.

This highly regarded team will design key open space features for the waterfront commercial, residential and leisure precinct, including the creation of the harbourside park and restoration of the entire harbour headland to a more natural shape. “We are determined to create a bold and inspiring precinct, which is diverse, dynamic and inclusive………..The Headland Park will include waterfront promenades, an open-air amphitheatre, area and places to picnic. It will be built to maximise its incredible location.” Mr Kelly said.

Barangaroo (previously known as East Darling Harbour) is the name given to the 22-hectare area  in Sydney that is planned to become a key commercial, residential and recreation precinct with over 22,000 workers and residents, and 33,000 visitors a day – a total of 12 million visitors a year.

[SOURCE: Barangaroo Delivery Authority] VIA Australian Design Review

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New look for Federal Plaza, gone are the green benches

The award winning Federal Plaza designed by Martha Schwartz is going to get a new design as the plaza is reconstructed over a 12-18 month period to fix the plaza deck that is settling and leaking affecting the building and carpark below the plaza.

The current design of swirling green benches designed by Martha Schwartz will be removed and replaced by magnolia trees, low evergreen plantings, marble benches and  a fountain designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA).

The Tribeca Trib recently reported  about  Matthew Urbanski’s (a principal with MVVA) presentation of the new design to Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee.

Much of the design, Urbanski said,  was influenced by the “microclimate” of the plaza, which receives too much sun in the summer and too little in the winter, plus a wind tunnel effect along Worth Street. The magnolia trees are positioned at the northern end of the plaza where they can provide shade and some shielding from winter winds.

To read and see more about the new plaza design go to the [SOURCE: Tribeca Trib – Yet Another Look in Store for Federal Plaza]

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