Landscape Architects – Welcome to 2011 – its time to lead the discussion

Welcome to 2011. All landscape architects this year need to start leading the discussions. We have lagged for too long on the sidelines being creative and idealistic watching other professions take the lead on numerous areas of design – sustainable design, urban design, water, low-carbon cities, eco-cities, food security, green architecture (vertical & horizontal) and many others. You name it if its your passion its time to start leading the discussion offline and offline whether its conferences, websites, newspapers, blogs, facebook, or twitter. Stop waiting for governments and your professional organisations to do start the conversation; they don’t have the time or people to talk about the issues we deal with on a daily basis and the solutions needed.

Landscape Architects have the skills, experience and ideas to push landscape architecture and design to new frontiers and into public awareness. So please start a blog, email newsletter, facebook group, twitter account. Don’t have time for this? well you can start by commenting on other blogs or facebook groups, or email a collegue in another design field telling them what you’ve been doing. Most importantly get involved and start the discussion about the ideas and solutions you’ve been creating in your school, office, firm, studio. The world’s waiting to hear from you.

DAMIAN HOLMES – LAND Reader Founder

Email: damian@landreader.com

“Creative Placemaking”: A resource for revitalising communities and cities

I have just skim read Mayors’ Institute on City Design’s (MICD) most recent publication, Creative Placemaking(pdf)by Dr. Ann Markusen, principal of Markusen Economic Research Services, and Anne Gadwa, principal with Metris Arts Consulting focuses on how communities are using the arts and other creative assets to help shape their physical, social, and economic character.

From the parts of the 69-page Creative Placemaking(pdf) document that I have read it has great content that gives data about the industry including number of artists, contribution to USA GDP, industry exports,  and cases studies. The report also looks into partnerships, regulatory hurdles, avoiding displacement & gentrification and developing metrics for evaluation.

The report points to key elements for a project’s success – Initiators, Distinctiveness, Mobilizing Public, Private Sector Support, Arts Community and Partnerships.

Creative Placemaking(pdf) provides 14 case studies from across the USA and a summary of each project.

Creative Placemaking(pdf)is a resource for mayors, arts organizations, the philanthropic sector, and others interested in understanding strategies for leveraging the arts to help shape and revitalize the physical, social, and economic character of neighborhoods, cities, and towns. If your artist, designer, landscape architect, architect or a city employee this document is a must read.

I’ll think this great quote from the report  sums up the quality of  Creative Placemaking(pdf)

A culture-based revitalization effort must be appropriate to its local circumstances, not a “me, too” replica of what other cities and towns are doing. The best of the projects nurture distinctive qualities and resources that already exist in the community and can be celebrated to serve community members while drawing in visitors and new businesses, as Mark Stern and Susan Seifert’s longitudinal study in Philadelphia finds.

Download the report at National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – warning direct link to PDF (right click save as)

Other resources on NEA’s website along with other arts and community design resources:


Gustafson Porter wins CityLife Park International Design Competition

Gustafson-Porter-CityLife-Park-Milan
Leading international landscape architects Gustafson Porter (London) have won the competition to design the Milan CityLife Park with their concept CityLife ‒ A Park between the Mountains and the Plain. The Mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti, announced the winning design of the international competition to create a public park in the centre of Milan. Gustafson Porter’s concept builds on Milan’s commanding position between the rich agricultural plains of the Po to the south and the routes across the Alps to the rest of Europe to the north – resulting in its role as a major European trading centre throughout history.

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Landmark on Cebeli Hill, Antalya Turkey

Cebeli Hill - Aerial View
1/1 Landscape + Architecture from Istanbul, Turkey have designed ‘Landmark Project of Cebeli Hill’, with a new program that looks out new requirements and opportunities. The originality of Cebeli Hill is re-interpreted in the construction and silhuette fiction. The design that has the holistic green spaces, ecological solutions and to include local species in the design; contains global protection principles besides monumental structure’s contemporary architectural language.

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AILA 2010 National Awards Announced

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has announced the winners of the 2010 National Awards.

The top honor of Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture was awarded to

James Mather Delaney Design Pty Ltd in partnership with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and City of Sydney for Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Paddington, Sydney

AILA 2010 National Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence

DESIGN
Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Darlington Public Domain Stage Two, University of Sydney

LAND MANAGEMENT
AECOM
Rouse Hill Landscape Restoration, Sydney

URBAN DESIGN
Oculus Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
Rouse Hill Town Centre, Sydney

National Landscape Awards

Several other projects in each category where also awarded and can be seen at the AILA National Awards website.

[SOURCE: AILA]
[IMAGE SOURCE: AILA]

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