This Week in Landscape | 14 October 2012

This weeks landscape links from around the world

At Mouth of Holland Tunnel, a Vision for an Unlikely Oasis | Matt Flegenheimer | NY Times
New Yorkers might look back in wonder at an age when they could not yet take a seat, cozy up with a good book and a cup of coffee, and pass an afternoon beside the exhaust-choked mouth of the Holland Tunnel.

Does It Matter What You Call It? Landscape Urbanism in ‘Scape 2012 | Sarah Kathleen Peck | Landscape Urbanism
“It doesn’t matter what you call it–the larger effort to engage landscape ideas and landscape thinking in broad discourse is what the larger disciplines of landscape, urbanism, planning and architecture need.”

As A City Remakes Itself, Putting Forward A Quietly Radical Plan | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Fast Co. Design
It’s a familiar refrain throughout America’s emerging urban corridors: We need to rezone. We need to densify pre-existing residential neighborhoods, and rid ourselves of antiquated zoning laws….

Olmsted Scholar Feature: Landscape Architects and the Microbrewery Renaissance | Lee Streitz | Landscape Architecture Foundation Blog
The renaissance of microbreweries is under way. In the last thirty years, there has been a 1700% increase in the number of independent breweries in the United States. Similar to when the number of wineries and vineyards increased dramatically in the late 1990s….

Making a Man Into a Monument | Julia Flynn Siler | NY Times
Ms. Fisher, who is 61, envisioned visitors to the memorial encountering a massive “mountain of despair,” and then walking through a removed slice of that mountain to reach a “stone of hope.”

VIDEO | Ken Smith on aesthetics in Landscape Architecture

Ken Smith recently gave a lecture at Taubman College at the University of Michigan about aesthetics in landscape architecture. During the one and half hour lecture Ken goes through many of projects undertaken by WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect.

Ken Smith, WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect from Taubman College on Vimeo.

Calls for Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award nominations

IFLA has asked for Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award nominations to be submitted by the 30 November 2012. The Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture.The award is bestowed annually on an individual whose work and achievements merit this recognition.

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Hunts Point Landing Opens | South Bronx USA | Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Hunts Point Landing Opens | South Bronx USA | Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, announces the opening of Hunts Point Landing. Hunts Point Landing is part of the South Bronx Greenway Master Plan which creates sustainable connections between the waterfront and the residential and business communities in the Hunts Point peninsula.The plan is designed to address needs of the South Bronx’s businesses and residents through a process of community-building design and collaborative planning. The new park is one of just eight projects to achieve certification in the prestigious pilot SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative)program, selected from among 150 considered.
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Landscape Institute President calls on Practices to help out unemployed landscape architects

The financial crisis over the last 4-5 years has been a trying time across the world for the landscape architecture profession with many landscape architects loosing their jobs due to slow downs, firm mergers & consolidations and government budget cuts. Many landscape architects have taken various actions to keep earning an income, but there are many that have few alternatives due to commitments in their towns and cities. The Landscape Institute has realised this after taking a recent survey and found that many Licentiate members are feeling isolated and in need of support.

Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute (UK) has called on Registered Practices to offer two-week placements which will include the chance for Licentiates to discuss portfolios, CVs and professional presentation with practitioners, and opportunities to get directly involved in projects or work shadow. Illman hopes that non-registered practices, local authorities and other agencies that employ landscape architects will also step forward. The President’s firm Illman Young is one of the first practices to advertise an opportunity under the scheme.

I find this an inspired scheme by the Landscape Institute to help out new and experienced professionals who need to stay practising to keep their skills sharp. The Landscape Institute is thinking ahead by keeping experienced professionals in the industry. We all hope that the world economies will soon turn and if there is a large loss of new and experienced professionals to other professions, there will be long term ramifications. A loss of professionals will cause a shortage, placing the profession on the back foot as other professions fill the void. I call on other landscape architecture professional organisations (country-wide and regional) to undertake similar schemes to keep landscape architects employed.

For those in the UK you can read more about the scheme at the Landscape Institute. 

Gardens by the Bay and Kallang River Bishan Park win World Architecture Festival Awards

Gardens By the Bay with the award winning ‘Cooled Conservatories’ on the left. Image ©Robert Such

This week the World Architecture Festival has been under way and yesterday the festival awards were announced with Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore winning the landscape prize and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore winning World Building of the Year.

Kallang River Bishan Park winner of World Architecture Festival landscape prize

Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl won the landscape prize as the judges deemed “This remarkable project fundamentally transforming the urban landscape of Singapore by rethinking the fundamentals of 1960s thinking, transforming a drainage canal into an eco- and people-friendly urban space.”

Gardens by the Bay winning World Building of the Year with the award officially going to  Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the design of the Cooled Conservatories. However, Paul Finch, Festival Director stressed at the awards ceremony that this was a magnificent team effort and that the whole team should be recognised – in addition to the architect, the landscape architect Grant Associates and engineers Atelier One and Atelier Ten. Congratulations to Atelier Dreiseitl and all of the Gardens By the Bay team.

We have featured both projects in the past and you can revisit Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl and Gardens by the Bay.


best private plots winners announced

best private plots winners announced

Garden Labyrinth, Erfurt | Mann Landschaftsarchitektur, Germany | Image Credit Jörg Behrens

The international garden design award “best private plots – Die besten Gärten” was conferred for the fifth time this year. While the main prizes went to Japan, USA and Switzerland last time, European competition entries carried the day this year. The award, endowed with 15,000 euros, recognizes excellence in the design of sustainable private outdoor spaces, and promotes quality in garden design as well as global networking between landscape architects and garden enthusiasts.

The winners were Mann Landschaftsarchitektur from Germany, Ewa Wagnerová from the Czech Republic, and Christine Rottenbacher from Austria for the community garden project Angerdorf in Unterretzbach, Lower Austria. Honorable mentions went to doxiadis+ (Greece) and to 1:1 Landskab (Denmark).

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