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.
Continue reading CALL FOR ENTRIES | 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellece
The landscape architectural design competition for the IGA Berlin 2017 has been won by geskes.hack Landschaftsarchitekten and VIC Brücken und Ingenieurbau designing one of the largest open space projects in Berlin. The landscape design is for a unique new park landscape is to be built over an area of more than 100 hectares. Beginning with the Gardens of the World, the park landscape will reach out to Kienberg hill and parts of the expansive Wuhletal valley. The purpose of this competition, which IGA Berlin 2017 GmbH staged on behalf of the federal state of Berlin, was to find ideas that could translate the framework concept of IGA into an attractive spatial setting.
Continue reading IGA Berlin 2017 design winners announced
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J.B. Jackson, in his book Discovering the Vernacular Landscape, wrote “No group sets out to create a landscape of course. What it sets out to do is to create a community, and the landscape as its visible manifestation is simply the by-product of people working and living, sometimes coming together, sometimes staying apart, but always recognizing their interdependence.” This spirit of community and collaboration couldn’t be more evident than in Stamford, Connecticut during the city’s recent opening celebration of Mill River Park. Residents gathered for a weekend of festivities along the banks of Mill River, commemorating the long anticipated 14-acre park designed by OLIN.
Continue reading Mill River Park and Greenway | Stamford Connecticut | OLIN
Another week of landscape links from around the world. Send your news, links and events to firstname.lastname@example.org
Infrared Image New York | Image Credit Nickolay Lamm @ Storagefront.com
Infrared Photos Reveal the Brutal Urban Heatscape | Wired When summer temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels, cities take a bigger beating than the rest of the landscape. This urban heat effect is especially brutal in big, dense, concrete-dominated cities like New York.
Local landscape architect calls for improved landscape quality | James Qualtrough | Isle News
“‘It’s never been more important to plant trees in gardens, streets and parks. We need to introduce better planning and management of our green areas to encourage more people to take action.”
Native plants are a priority | Rebecca Trigger | The West Australian
Landscape architects are looking to native species as they manage restricted water access in a drying climate.
Delhi’s upcoming park to rival New York’s Central Park | The Economic Times
“In a tangle of forgotten, overgrown brush in the heart of India’s capital, a quiet plan has been hatched to change the landscape of one of the world’s most populous cities.An intricate Mughal garden is being created.”
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 1 September 2013
Working with DLANDSTUDIO, the firm WXY leads planning and feasibility study of a 3.5-mile greenway park on defunct rail lines, for cultural and recreational uses. WXY Architecture + Urban Design and DLANDSTUDIO Landscape Architecture & Architecture have been selected for the commission to lead a feasibility study and planning phase for the QueensWay, a conversion of a 3.5-mile section of abandoned railway tracks and structures into parks and recreational paths.
Continue reading QueensWay | New Park from Abandoned Rail Spans in Queens | WXY + DLAND
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum branches out with art garden | Tom Meersman | Star Tribune
“Thanks to an unprecedented donation by a retired Wayzata couple, the arboretum has acquired in one fell swoop a permanent new sculpture garden with 23 world-class art works that normally would take many years and millions of dollars to collect.”
Philadelphia’s Incremental Landscape | OLIN
“Incremental landscape infrastructure can create opportunities to improve ecologic functions, enhance the civic experience, and ignite economic investment.”
Landscape scenic quality assessment techniques | Tom Turner | Garden Visit
“….it would then be necessary to find out which areas ARE of low scenic quality and, I am sorry to say, the UK landscape architecture profession appears to be ducking this question.”
Harvard leader in urban planning, waterfront restoration to share keys to success | Holly Bechiri | The Rapidian
“Primarily, my role is not to tell you about Grand Rapids,” says Krieger of his upcoming talk, “but to show what other cities have done relative to waterfronts as Grand Rapids is about to embark on some planning regarding your urban waterfront.”
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 4 August 2013
This Weeks landscape links from around the world
Employment Plans Bump Up, & 2/3 of Landscape Architecture Firm Respondents Predict an Improved Economy in 2013
ASLA’s Q3 Business Quarterly survey shows the USA economy looking up
New York’s Wet Future: How the City Could Live With the Sea Rather Than Fighting It | Justin Davidson | New York Magazine
The waters that tore up New York behaved like invading barbarians, smashing into seawalls, vaulting over bulkheads, hurtling along gutters, rushing towards clogged storm drains, and overwhelming sewage-treatment plants.
Windfarms: is community ownership the way ahead? | Patrick Kingsley | Guardian
On the Danish island of Samsø many of the wind turbines are owned by the residents. Is that the way around nimbyism?
Honoring a sustainability champion who ‘repairs the fabric of communities’ | Kaid Benfield | Switchboard
Jonathan’s introduction to NRDC was not exactly a smooth one: we sued him.
Tel Aviv, urban planning must be focused on the future | Luca Zevi | ANSAMED
”Tel Aviv is a metropolis that arose triumphantly from its consumerist phase,”
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