A Montreal library where landscape merges with architecture

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A place of openness and exchange
To build a new library is to give to one’s community, to make a gesture of openness, of exchange, of culture and of urbanity. Situated in the multi-ethnic borough of Saint-Laurent on a busy urban boulevard, the library is one of a series of public structures with a lush woodland park running behind them. Founded on the prioritization of the user’s perception, the library and its landscape offer a contemporary place of varied experiences. It is a place of openness and exchange devoted to discovery, communication and interaction.

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Three parks come together in The International Park

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Impression of the new bridges at the Haringkade

The Municipality of The Hague presented the vision for The International Park which will connect three existing parks – the Scheveningse Bosjes, the Waterpartij and the Westbroekpark – into one improved city park that rivals London’s Hyde Park in size.

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The Goods Line | Sydney, Australia | ASPECT Studios with CHROFI for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

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The opening of The Goods Line in Ultimo brings the vision of a more connected, sustainable and innovative Sydney one step closer to reality. The Goods Line, a New South Wales Government initiative and delivered by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, is the key strategic link and an important green space for this burgeoning part of the city.

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Sunland Celebrity Garden | Shanghai, China | Place Design Group

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Sunland Celebrity Garden is a high end residential community situated adjacent to Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone. Complete with living and entertainment facilities this development is designed in a neo-classical architecture style, where the landscape architecture has been divided into three parts: a club house, formal style gardens, and natural style gardens.

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Koo’s Courtyard | Vancouver, Canada | Hapa Collaborative

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Tying together six townhouses on the site of an old autobody shop in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, Koo’s Courtyard provides a small community with its social heart. The design challenge was to make a virtue of the narrow space, which has a width of 2.8m for most of its length. With six fenced private patios, overgrown shrubs and bulky stormwater barrels, the dysfunctional existing garden area left little room for anything else. The designers’ first move was to clear the clutter and reveal the potential for communal use. In this respect, they were privileged to work with an enlightened client group that was ready to move from the typical backyard archetype to a new social paradigm.

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2015 ANNUAL | WLA Magazine | WLA 23

WLA Magazine 2015 Annual

2015 has seen a diverse range of landscape architecture projects published on World Landscape Architecture, in this edition we take an opportunity to highlight some of the best projects from 2015.  Selecting the projects to be included in this 2015 Annual was a hard task with a large number of  high quality projects published this year, it was decided to publish over 50 projects.

I hope you enjoy reading this 2015 Annual edition and I look forward to receiving your submissions for WLA Magazine and World Landscape Architecture in 2016.

You can purchase your copy of WLA 2015 ANNUAL (pdf) for $USD3.99 or subscribe for $USD20/year 

“URAYCAMUY ” | Rises and falls in Quechua, Bolivia


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The XII Latin American Social Architecture Student Workshop, Bolivia 2015, brings together students and architects of different nationalities that seeks to generate social interventions in the Valley of Cinti, municipality of Camargo. Its purpose, authentic and local identity

The intervention focused on the area known by the public as “EL TOBOGAN” located in the southwest of the city implemented with the aim of being a pedestrian area of transition between the city and the cemetery. A space that accumulates two functions: slide addressed to children as play area and a tour that alternates assets and liabilities organized by level to overcome the height difference that separates the city cemetery spaces.

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