Small and Great Ends by White Arkitekter


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One year after Hurricane Sandy took its toll on New York, Swedish architectural practice White Arkitekter, along with partners Arup and Gensler, were announced winners of an international two-phased design competition to redevelop the waterfront of Rockaway, Queens, which was particularly hard-hit by the effects of the superstorm.

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2015 American Landscape Architecture School Rankings

Every year, the American University Architecture School Rankings are released. This year has seen a shift in the rankings for Undergraduate and Graduate programs. With LSU taking top spot in Undergraduate from Pennsylvania State and Cornell rising to third swapping places with Purdue (dropping from 3rd to 7th). In the graduate program rankings sees the University of Pennyslyvania rising up the rankings from 4th to 2nd and Cornell also rising from 5th to 3rd, however Kansas State University has dropped down the rankings to 8th from 2nd.

The rankings by hiring firms also look at the various skills of recent graduates including Communication, Design, Research, Computer, Cross Disciplinary and Sustainable design. Harvard, University of Pennyslyvania and LSU constantly rank in the top 3 for all six skill rankings. For more information purchase your copy (pdf & print) of American University Architecture School Rankings from Design Intelligence.

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St.Petersburg Pier shortlisted concepts unveiled


Blue Pier | W Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Back in October, WLA reported that 8 teams were shortlisted to provide a concept design for the St.Petersburg Pier. These teams submitted their designs to the city on December 15. Each team received a $30,000 stipend to submit initial design concepts, complete with reports, renderings, cost estimates and a description of how the programmatic elements meet the findings of the Pier Working Group.

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adidas – World of Sports – Campus Landscape Ideas Competition now open

The adidas Group announces a Call for Ideas: looking for teams consisting of landscape architects, architects, artists, designers, digital media designers, lighting designers, and mobilty experts who creatively look into the redesign of the open spaces of the World of Sports Campus in Herzogenaurch.

The open space (54 hectare) functions as a formative element of the World of Sports – the concept has to merge two different ideas: the campus shall become a high-quality space that can be collectively experienced and it shall communicate the brand values of the adidas Group.
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LDA Design’s tidal lagoon scoops win at Landscape Institute Awards

The Landscape Institute announces the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards, with the winning schemes including the world’s first tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay. Landscape architects LDA Design won the prestigious President’s Award, chosen by new President Noel Farrer, for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, an ambitious project that harnesses tidal power to generate renewable electricity.

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PLYGROUND | Daniel Gillen


PLYGROUND is the latest design from dgd:DGILLENdesign for TexFab’s annual digital design and fabrication competition. The competition investigated ‘Plasticity’ through an architectural proposal that utilizes parametric design and digital fabrication. Plasticity is the quality of being able to be made into different shapes, to be molded or altered. DGD saw an opportunity to create a catalyst for human interaction, envisioning an architecture where public interaction and engagement is heightened, facilitating undefined perspectives.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES | 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellece


The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the 48 contiguous United States. Award winners may use prize money in any way that benefits the project.

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