Martha Schwartz recently gave a one and half hour presentation at Harvard GSD about her firm’s works and recently published book Recycling Spaces: Curating Urban Evolution: The Work of Martha Schwartz Partners. Martha Schwartz is Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the GSD. A landscape architect and artist for over 29 years, she teaches a core studio and design studios focusing on artistic expression in the landscape.
Construction has begun on a new sculpture park on the southern edge of the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Situated in a wooded, 8-acre dell that lies between the Irish Green and the Compton Family Ice Arena, the new park is a project of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art and the office of the University Architect. It has been designed by the landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh who discusses in this short 5 minute video the overall design approach and plants used in the design.
Intent: The client wanted a garden with different outdoor spaces so there would be places to enjoy the view, but also have areas that were shielded from the wind. The lot is steep and fairly large, so large areas were to be natural and low maintenance. We also wanted to reuse the materials on the site; to minimize and reuse water; and to keep surfaces permeable while creating a natural and modern garden.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners has won the international design competition to design Waller Creek, a thin, urban riparian ecosystem that meanders for through Austin, Texas from the northern part of the City southward through The University of Texas at Austin campus and along the eastern edge of the downtown area before it meets Lady Bird Lake. The MVVA Team, led by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Thomas Phifer, brings together professionals aiming to, “create an exciting and humane landscape that will be critical to great city life in Austin.”
Future Christchurch has launched Breathe, an International Design Competition to design a new urban village in Central City Christchurch. Designers from throughout the world are invited to influence the way the new generation of Central City residents will live within their environment and what type of communities they will want to be part of. Christchurch’s new urban village will offer medium density housing with easy access to green space, the new performing arts precinct, retail and entertainment areas, and transport and recreation facilities.