Iowa State Landscape architecture seniors gain on-site experience


Building a prison landscape: Iowa State University landscape architecture students with prison Warden Patti Wachtendorf (center) and Assistant Professor Julie Stevens (front right). IMAGE CREDIT | Bob Elbert

This summer, five students and their professor constructed a series of multipurpose outdoor classrooms in the center of Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) new 30-acre campus. The classrooms will provide offenders, counselors and staff with a restorative outdoor environment for classes, counseling and vocational training. The project is part of a $68 million expansion and modernization, which includes a landscape master plan designed by Iowa State students. The new facility will open this fall.

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This Week In Landscape | 11 August 2013

During the week there was some interesting articles and posts with the LU vs NU debate rising back up to the boiling point with a damning review Andres Duany’s landscape urbanism book.

Rumble in the Urban Jungle | Michael Sorkin | Architechtural Record
“Their critique is antique: Landscape Urbanism is just the continuation of CIAM and its misguided principles by other means. The collection thus winds up as another–and completely unnecessary–iteration of that beloved chestnut, New Urbanism vs. Modernism.”

Architecture by Other Means | OLIN
OLIN post about this interesting podcast with Laurie Olin where he defines what is landscape architecture? and what landscape architects are good at.

Financing Urban Forestry | Alexandra Kay | Environmental Finance at the University of North Carolina
“Certainly there is no one-size-fits-all solution for urban forestry programs. In addition to the above examples being considered by San Francisco, cities may opt to use other financing techniques, many of which are detailed in the aforementioned APWA report.”

Berlin’s urban gardeners reach for their pitchforks to fight off the developers | Kate Connolly | guardian
“Capital’s kleingarten, which have helped earn its status as one of Europe’s greenest cities, under threat from property investors”

Licensing Issues Delay Moore Square Plan James Borden | Raleigh Public Record
The drawn out process of Christopher Counts Studio trying to complete a project and the licensing issues.

East-West Link will be an environmental disaster: AILA | Transport and Logistics News
“FAILA and president of the AILA Victorian Chapter Kirsten Bauer…said that consequently the institute has formed the view, on careful consideration of all information available, that the East-West Link, as currently proposed, will cause irreparable damage to Royal Park…. ”

On the Ground – Creative Pavements in Montreal | Alice Webb | Land Perspectives
“While visiting Montreal recently, I came across a number of public spaces with attractively-patterned pavement, many combining various types of stone….”

Reconstruire Montpertuis sur Manurhin |
“Le site pyrotechnique de Manurhin à Bellerive-sur-Allier, actif de 1937 à 2006, n’a jamais été ouvert au public. Dans le cadre des projets de réindustrialisation de l’Agglo Vichy Val d’Allier, nous avons pu le visiter.”

Luxemburg-stad presenteert Nederlands plan voor duurzame wijk | bouwen & wonen
Donderdag 25 juli 2013 is het winnende ontwerp van de internationale ontwerpwedstrijd Südfront Avenue J.F. Kennedy aan het publiek bekend gemaakt.

Landschafts-Architekt Stefano Riggenbach: «Licht ist mehr als nur Lampen» | Happy Times
“Stefano Riggenbachs Tipp: Das Licht ins Gesamtkonzept einer Gartenanlage einbeziehen.”


Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design

Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design
Situated in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Crown Sky Garden is a sanctuary for patients, families, doctors and administrators within this 23 story Children’s Hospital. The commitment to this sky garden was built upon a growing body of scientific research which links access to natural light and contemplative spaces to reduced patient recovery time. This regenerative project offers a new paradigm for healthcare design that integrates healing gardens as part of the health care regiment within these institutional environments.
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Kunshan West High School Master Plan | Kunshan China | Integrated Planning and Design


Contemporary China has seen swift and dramatic change in recent history.  As a modern nation it struggles to redefine its culture, balancing ancient history with contemporary global values.  In 2011, The City of Kunshan decided to form an education and outreach hub in the west end of the city.  This involved relocating the historic Kunshan West High School, a premier high school in the city, in conjunction with the establishment of a satellite campus for Duke University.

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Helsinki South Harbour | Helsinki Finland | PORT

Helsinkiʼs South Harbour has the potential to become a world-class urban waterfront, cited alongside Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rio, Sydney and Hong Kong as among the most spectacular waterside public realms in the world.
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West 8 wins design competition for Veddel North in Hamburg

Revitalization of an urban community and surrounding dike park on the south banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg, Germany. West 8’s winning design addresses rising sea levels and climate change, bringing a human scale to an area dominated by automobile traffic.


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Brooks Residence | Los Angeles USA | Isabelle Duvivier

Isabelle Duvivier (architect/environmentalist), of Duvivier Architects, purchased a dilapidated 100-year-old home in a long established, low-income neighborhood on Brooks Ave. in Venice, California in July 2009. She wanted to blend into the neighborhood by keeping the feel of the craftsman house, but she had a larger goal – to reduce the impact and energy footprint of the house on the environment through intelligent, experimental technologies in water, energy and materials.

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