The Plaza at Harvard University | Cambridge USA | Stoss


The Plaza occupies a difficult site in Cambridge, at the seam between Harvard’s historic Yard and its North Campus, and in a public right-of-way atop a roadway tunnel laden with city and University utilities. The site was a busy cross-roads for students and faculty moving between classes and residences, for city residents walking to nearby subway and bus stations, and for visitors touring the campus or visiting one of the University’s museums.
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Penn State and Kansas State rise up the Best American Landscape Architecture Schools lists

Best American Landscape Architecture Schools

Pennsylvania State University Arboretum (Flickr User:Cuizoo)

UPDATE | 2014 Design Intelligence rankings for Design Schools is now avaliable

Its that time of year again when Design Intelligence releases their list of Best American Architecture Schools for 2012 including the best landscape architecture schools. The list has changed from 2011 when we last reported on the list with Pennsylvania State University moving up the rankings in the Undergraduate degrees and Kansas State University rising up the best Graduate School list.

Design Intelligence asked numerous firms “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” and the Top 5 for Undergraduate and Graduate schools are:

Undergraduate
1 Louisiana State University
2 Pennsylvania State University
3 California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
3 Purdue University
3 Texas A&M University

Graduate
1 Harvard University
2 Louisiana State University
3 Kansas State University
4 Cornell University
4 University of Pennsylvania

Best American Landscape Architecture Schools

Kansas State University Campus (Flickr User: russfeld_2166)

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Michael Van Valkenburgh receives the Brendan Gill Prize for BBP

Michael R. Van Valkenburgh received the Brendan Gill Prize for the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Past winners of the Brendan Gill Prize, including musician Sufjan Stevens and film director Ang Lee, have received the award for a broad range of artistic achievement, but Urbanski said that it is rare that it is given for landscape architecture.

“It’s quite an honor for a landscape architect,” he said. “We get awards for our work, but the Brendan Gill award is an artistic merit award.”

Van Valkenburgh said that he felt that receiving an award that had previously been awarded to artists in so many different disciplines was a tribute to landscape architecture.

SOURCE: The Harvard Crimson

Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism

The voices are getting more heated and louder in the public debate of Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism with recent pieces inMetropolis by Andres Duany - ‘Duany vs Harvard GSD’‘ and a response from Alex Krieger - ‘Krieger to Duany’. The debate occurs in the 50th year of Urban Design and 30th year of New Urbanism seems to gives landscape architects a new sense of place and that the profession at last have a debate that will raise the profession to new level.

Landscape Urbanism and New Urbanism articles and opinion pieces over the last few months have provided great reading material for us to think about cities and communities. Whether your on the Landscape Urbanism or New Urbanism side we all know this debate will rage on but with Urbanisation occurring a phenomenal rate in Asia and Africa the biggest question is will these theories be placed into real practice (beyond the token projects)  so they can be truly evaluated or will the debate continue on until the protagonists are long gone.

I thought that it was time to write about this debate after reading one of the best articles on the debate this year by Charles A. Birnbaum: City Shaping II: Will Architecture Go Horizontal? written for the Huffington Post. Also Jason King on his blog - landscape+urbanism has given a great synopsis and response in ‘GSD as Epicenter’ from  the landscape urbanism perspective. Jason’s landscape+urbanism blog is the best source of information, insight and debate about  landscape urbanism.

Below is a list of recent articles that will provide some great Sunday reading to get you all fired up for Monday at the office. Remember to follow us  @landreader to get the latest landscape headlines like the ones below.

City Shaping II: Will Architecture Go Horizontal? Charles A. Birnbaum – Huffington Post 14 November 2010

Krieger to Duany - Alex Krieger – Metropolis Magazine 8 November 2010

Duany vs Harvard GSD - Andres Duany – Metropolis Magazine 3 November 2010

The definition of landscape urbanism - Tom Turner – Gardenvisit Blog 5 November 2010

All Carrot, No Stick (Senate Bill S.1619) – Karrie Jacobs – Metropolis Magazine 20 October 2010

Landscape Urbanism: Sprawl in a Pretty Green Dress? - Michael Mehaffy 11 October 2010

Systems, Not Icons: The unstoppable rise of landscape urbanism – John Gendall – Architect 6 October 2010

New Urbanism for the Apocalypse - Greg Lindsay – Fast Company May 24 2010

The Man Who Reinvented the City (interview w/ Duany) – Kevin Redmon – The Atlantic May 18 2010

And for something a little visual America’s suburban sprawl elevated to aerial art – Matthew Knight CNN (includes Christoph Gielen’s aerial photos) November 8 2010

These are only some from the past year there are many more from pre-2010 and not on the web including Topos #71 – Landscape Urbanism and also books including Ecological Urbanism (Harvard GSD). If I have missed any important articles on the web send me an email damian@landreader.com

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Ecological Urbanism Book Launch Reception at Harvard GSD

Ecological Urbanism book launch will be on the night of May 3  at Back Yard 6:30pm – 8:30pm

While climate change, sustainable architecture, and green technologies have become increasingly topical, issues surrounding the sustainability of the city are much less developed. The premise of the book is that an ecological approach is urgently needed both as a remedial device for the contemporary city and an organizing principle for new cities. Ecological Urbanism approaches the city without any one set of instruments and with a worldview that is fluid in scale and disciplinary approach. Design provides the synthetic key to connect ecology with an urbanism that is not in contradiction with its environment. The book brings together design practitioners and theorists, economists, engineers, artists, policy makers, environmental scientists, and public health specialists, with the goal of reaching a more robust understanding of ecological urbanism and what it might be in the future.

With contributions by Homi Bhabha, Stefano Boeri, Chuck Hoberman, Rem Koolhaas, Sanford Kwinter, Bruno Latour, Nina-Marie Lister, Mohsen Mostafavi, Matthias Schuler, Sissel Tolaas, Charles Waldheim, among others

For more information visit: Ecological Urbanism on Lars Muller Publishers site

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