The dedication ceremony for George W. Bush Presidential Center will be held today including a parkland designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The design reflects the Bush’s love for their native Texas landscape and includes trees from their ranch tree farm. MVVA have spent over 2 and half years on site creating a 15 acre parkland that includes praries and meadows, bioswales and an irrigation cistern.
To find our more about the project watch the Michael Van Valkenburgh and Herb Sweeney interview below. You can also watch the dedication live on the George W. Bush Presidential Center website and also turnback the clock and watch the landscape unfold with Earthcam construction cams.
SMU Sits Down with GWB Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenburgh from SMU-TV on Vimeo.
OMA has been commissioned to design a masterplan for a major new urban development south of Bordeaux (FR), based on the expansion of the local tram system. The project, led by OMA associate Clément Blanchet and commissioned by La Fabrique Métropolitaine de la Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux, aims to regenerate the neighborhoods of Bègles and Villenave d’Ornon, forging new connections to Bordeaux’s central station.
Continue reading Masterplan for Bègles and Villenave d’Ornon | Bordeaux France | OMA
Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна “Стрелка” / Сергей Леонтьев
© Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev
The building of Zaryadye Park (Зарядье) is a landmark initiative of the Moscow City Government and has commissioned an international competition to develop the site. Zaryadye will be the first public park built in Moscow for over 50 years. It stands alongside the development of Ground Zero in New York, the reconstruction of the Reichstag in Berlin and the competition for a new cultural district in West Kowloon, Hong Kong.
International Design Competition for Zaryadye Park is a two-stage competition. The first stage is the Pre-qualification stage — six teams will be selected to participate in the second stage. The second stage is the Concept competition — selection of the winner and the finalists (second and third places).
We are inviting architects, landscape architects and urban planners, who can bring together multidisciplinary teams of specialists in the fields of engineering, management of public spaces, entertainment industry, cultural programming, economy, sociology, anthropology, dendrology, ecology and wildlife management.
Continue reading International Design Competition for Zaryadye Park
Evan Mather, a landscape architect in Los Angeles has launched a kickstarter (crowd-source funding)campaign to celebrate National Month of Landscape Architecture. From Sea To Shining Sea will be a feature-length, time-lapse documentary film, tracing the route of American settlement from Jamestown, Virginia to San Francisco, California primarily via the Interstate Highway System.
Continue reading From Sea To Shining Sea | feature-length film tracing the route of American settlement
Cherry Blossom | Washington DC | IMAGE CREDIT | National Cherry Blossom Festival
IFLA World Congress Opening Address | Stephen Brown, NZILA President | Scoop
“In addressing many of the issues that I have alluded to, it seems to me that landscape architects will bring three highly important ingredients to the table: a discipline that melds the arts and sciences – integrating, not divorcing them from one another; appreciation of cultural values and diversity; and the ability – indeed proclivity – to work in an integrative or facilitative capacity with one another and with other disciplines.”
A Wilder Way | Noel Kingsbury | NY Times T Magazine
“Piet Oudolf, the Dutch designer who is responsible for the planting in both of these public projects, is also much in demand for planting private gardens, like this one in Nantucket…”
A Park for the Ages | Kathy Blaha | City Parks Blog
Kathy looks at the lessons learned as it approaches its tenth anniversary.
The Green Team Part 12: Dumpster Diving – Are Container Forests in Our Future? | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
“One of these strategies is a container forest. The successful use (and reuse) of shipping containers and dumpsters has been demonstrated in the architectural realm…”
Eco-Visualization: Aesthetics for Sustainability | Juliet Helmke | Urban Omnibus
“Juliet Helmke traces the origins and prospects of a genre of art that aims to educate and more effectively influence consumer behavior through the reinterpretation of ecological data.”
Find out if your house will be underwater by 2100 | Robert T. Gonzalez | io9.com
The folks at Climate Central have put together an interactive map applicationthat lets you see how rising seas will effect coastal regions of the United States over the next century.
New Satelitte-based systeme will track illegal deforestation in real time | Yale Environment e360
A coalition of organizations has unveiled a digital tool its developers say will help governments, environmental groups, and local communities monitor illegal logging in the world’s forest regions in real time