HIGHLINE at The Rail Yards Phase 1 opens to the public

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Over the weekend the first phase of High Line at the Rail Yards opened to the public. The first phase stretches between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th Avenues to the east and west. This section of the park introduces exciting new design features that celebrate the unique context surrounding this section of the elevated railway. In response to public feedback gathered during three community input meetings hosted by Friends of the High Line, the design includes familiar elements like the iconic “peel-up” benches, intimate overlooks, and meandering pathways, while introducing new design features, such as a children’s exploration area and an interim walkway that wends through the existing landscape of self-seeded wildflowers, native grasses, and shrubs.

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5 design teams unveil designs for Presidio Parklands

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Five international landscape architecture and design teams recently presented their concepts for 13 new acres of Presidio parklands. The new parklands will be created by the replacement of the elevated highway (Doyle Drive) that has cut through the Presidio for seven decades, with a below-grade roadway covered by tunnels. The Presidio Trust, in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service, asked the five teams to develop creative concepts to inspire ideas about what could happen at the site.

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IMAGE CREDIT | OLIN

The five teams: CMG Landscape Architecture, James Corner Field Operations, OLIN, SNØHETTA, and West 8 Team, presented their concepts at a public meeting . The teams were selected from 25 respondents to a request for qualifications in March, 2014. They were provided with a stipend and tasked with developing conceptual design and programming for the new landscape.

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WLA interviews Richard Weller about LA+, PennDesign’s new journal.

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The University of Pennsylvania School of Design recently announced the launch of Landscape Architecture Plus (LA+), an interdisciplinary design journal produced at the School under the direction of Dr. Tatum L. Hands, Editor-in-Chief, and distributed globally by ORO Editions. “We wanted to produce something completely different to the usual landscape design journal-which generally just features designers talking to other designers-and truly embrace the rhetoric that landscape architecture is an interdisciplinary field,” Dr. Hands explained.

LA+ is targeted toward the thinking professional and features a range of contribution types including essays, interviews, design criticism, graphic features, illustrations, and provocations. Published twice yearly, each issue of the journal explores a theme from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, provoking new modes of creative inquiry and practice.

World Landscape Architecture (WLA) had the chance to email interview Professor Richard Weller, Chair of PennDesign’s Landscape Architecture Department about the launch of the new journal.

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WLA welcomes Corkery Consulting as a new partner

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World Landscape Architecture would like to proudly announce Corkery Consulting as a new partner. It is through partnerships with design firms and organisations that allows World Landscape Architecture to continue to support the profession by publishing projects from across the world online and in WLA Magazine.

Corkery Consulting is an award winning landscape architecture studio based in Sydney, Australia, who are passionate about the creation of engaging and enjoyable public places. We recently published their competition winning design for Walter Gors Park Design Ideas Competition.

We thank them for their support and look forward to our partnership.

Suneden Sensory Playspace | Mitchell Park Australia | WAX Design

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The Suneden Sensory Playspace is demonstrative of what can be achieved on a modest budget, when landscape architects re-imagine standard building material into amazing new play opportunities. Suneden Sensory Playspace is the result of the imagination and innovation WAX Design and the local community.  Using a tiny budget and community support, WAX Design has created an amazing 200m2 playspace that excites, simulates and challenges the various abilities of the students at the school.

The unique and entertaining designs use a host of standard building and landscape material to create a series of outdoor rooms that incorporate explorative and sensory activities that help to improve student’s body awareness, problem solving, cognition, creativity, enhance their overall learning abilities and above all increase their happiness.

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