Washington Square Plaza | San Francisco | estudioOCA

Washington Square Plaza | San Francisco | estudioOCA

Seating ribbon and public lawn at the metro entrance.

This study for the treatment of the future subway extension to North Beach takes into consideration the historic value of the neighborhood and existing park, and attempts to create an improved pedestrian experience while minimizing the impact on the community. The proposed plaza replaces a small, inaccessible landscaped area and a short section of Powell Street, creating a unified pedestrian plaza containing the primary subway entrance, public seating, a public lawn, and outdoor dining areas for the existing restaurants. Views down Powell Street to the bay are maintained.

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Ellis Park Sport Precinct | Johannesburg South Africa | Newtown Landscape Architects

Newtown Landscape Architects-Ellis Park Sport Precinct

Aerial view of Stadium Square

Prompted by the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) earmarked the ELLIS PARK PRECINCT for urgent need of rejuvenation. This inner-city development was to function as a Sports Hub connecting the upgraded Ellis Park Stadiums with the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system to the north and taxi rank to the south while featuring sculptural art work and including the rehabilitation of the adjacent railway embankment.

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Landscape Fusion Symposium in Portland

ASLA Oregon is holding the Landscape Fusion Symposium where they will explore a FUSION of ideas, concepts, and design that will inspire you to see the Northwest landscape in a whole new light. Two days of activities and education sessions led by national and local experts will generate its own unique energy, providing power and passion for attendees, as well as valuable professional development hours (PDHs), networking, and fun!


Go to the Landscape Fusion website for more information

Conference Early Bird Rates end soon

The Earlybird (Discount) Rates for the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects end soon.

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Congress 2010 is to be held in Edmonton, Alberta from August 19 to 21, 2010 currently has an Earlybird rate of $550CAD saving $75CAD if you register until June 30. Register now.

LIVING LANDSCAPE The European Landscape Convention in research perspective is being held in Florence, Italy from the 18-19 October 2010. The Earlybrid Registration rate is 50% off at €100(Euros) until July 1. Register Now

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Olympics reinvigorates Vancouver’s Granville Street

Granville Street, Vancouver 2010

Image by popejon2 via Flickr

During the Winter Olympics in Vancouver a newly updated Granville Street by PWL Partnership Landscape Architects has become a lively impromptu event space for buskers, street hockey, olympic pin sellers and more. The street has been closed to traffic for 30 years with only buses allowed back in the mid-1970’s. Retail groups have lobbied to have cars reintroduced to the space. However, the success of the space which is usually the domain of club-hopping group has caused planners and downtown businesses to rethink the future of the space post-Olympics.

Could this be the catalyst for a renaissance of pedestrian malls in cities?

Read more about Granville Street during the Olympics at the [SOURCE:Globe & Mail – Games reignite dream of a car-free Granville]

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Timeless Design in a Sustainable World: Charles F. Gillette Forum

If one legacy of the 20th century is its architectural prowess, might the 21st century be devoted to developing exquisite green spaces between the buildings where we live, work, and play?  All around the world, growing urban populations are seeking communal spaces—parks, squares, plazas, piazzas, greenways and gardens—as essential components of daily life, places of respite and reflection, recreation, and celebration. This symposium will examine timeless principles of design—whether applied to the creation of a residential garden or a public space—that connect us to the natural world and in so doing, fulfill man’s innate desire for association with other living things.  The symposium honors the legacy of Charles F. Gillette, a leader in the field of landscape architecture, by engaging the public in a conversation about the importance of landscape design and the value of Gillette’s ideals of elegance, superb craftsmanship, and seamless blending of architecture and garden.

Featuring: Douglas Reed, FALSA, of Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Watertown, MA  and Thomas Woltz, ALSA, of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architecture Firm, Charlottesville, VA

The Gillette Forum AGENDA is now on-line!

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