“Urban Transformations: Designing the Symbiotic City” is the theme for the 2014 Symbiotic Cities International Design Ideas Competition. The competition is looking for planners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, or ecologists, to provide important insights with the world about how to transform our existing cities into more resilient, climate adaptive, regenerative, symbiotic cities.
Using some combination of diagrams, sketches, 2D and 3D drawings, and accompanied by an explanatory narrative, we would like you to explore and develop planning and design concepts, for transforming the city that you live in into a regenerative symbiotic city adapted to a climate-changing environment. Your design concepts should explore how you will address key environmental problems now associated with your city, and transform now ecologically destructive urban systems into regenerative, symbiotic systems.
Entries are due by September 21st, 2014. An international jury of planning and design experts will select the winning entry to be announced on October 21st, 2014.
Goto 2014 Symbiotic Cities International Design Ideas Competition for more information
Grant Associates has been appointed to design the public realm for Watermark WestQuay Southampton – a £70m leisure-led regeneration scheme masterplanned by ACME for developers Hammerson.
Inspired by tidal mudflats, the strata in which the city of Southampton was first built apon, Grant Associates’ landscape design will comprise four key components: the plaza bringing a new open space for Southampton; the ancient historic town walls that form a distinctive backdrop to the spaces; the promenade that runs the length of the walls; and the steps and ramps that negotiate the 7 metre level change between the Bargate and the lower levels of Western Esplanade.
Continue reading Grant Associates appointed for Southampton’s Watermark WestQuay
Anti-homeless studs at London residential block prompt uproar | The Guardian
“Metal studs have been installed outside a block of flats in central London to deter rough sleepers.”
[WLA Editor: Is such a design element necessary? Shouldn’t we be facilitating policies and designs that provide shelter?]
Levees Could Protect Lower Manhattan From Future Floods | Curbed NY
Southern Manhattan Coastal Protection Study proposes a 1.3-mile-long living barrier made up of a multi-purpose levee system.
Meadowlands flood plan faces hurdles | James M. O’Neill & Scott Fallon | North Jersey.com
“It took the federal government to say we have to look at larger geographic areas and longer term solutions rather than sending quick money to people to rebuild their houses,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a non-profit group advocating efficient land use. “It’s taking science into account.”….“There’s a real opportunity around resiliency planning,”
Call for Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture | AILA
“The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is now seeking expressions of interest for the role of Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture. Individuals, practices, schools of Landscape Architecture, or collaborative teams are encouraged to apply.”
New Desalination Technologies Spur Growth in Recycling Water | Cheryl Katz | Yale e360
“Desalination has long been associated with one process — turning seawater into drinking water. But a host of new technologies are being developed that not only are improving traditional desalination but opening up new frontiers in reusing everything from agricultural water to industrial effluent.”
edyn solar powered garden system by fuseproject monitors and tracks plants
The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive. [WLA Editor: With environmental sensors and apps becoming inexpensive and easily accessible, what role will they play in landscape architecture?]
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 8 June 2014
Construction began this week on Phase 2 of the Chicago Riverwalk | Credit ©Sasaki
Chicago Riverwalk Construction Underway | Sasaki
Phase 2 construction for our Chicago Riverwalk project is currently underway between State Street and La Salle Street.
Celebration marks reopening of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square | Diana Nelson Jones | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mellon Square reopens after restoration finishes of the plaza originally designed by Landscape architects Simonds and Simonds and architects Mitchell and Ritchey.
Finding Space for the Living at a Memorial | New York Times | Michael Kimmelman
Michael Kimmelman critiques the 9/11 Memorial “The place doesn’t feel like New York. It feels like a swath of the National Mall plunked in downtown Manhattan…”
Sue Illman celebrates ‘exciting two years’ in President’s Review | Landscape Institute
“Sue Illman introduces her President’s Review in the latest issue of Landscape by saying, ‘This has been an exciting two years for the Landscape Institute and also a great period for public appreciation of landscape architecture in general.'”
ReSITE festival is gearing up | Prague Post
On June 19-20, the reSITE festival and professional conference, which will take place in the new spaces of Forum Karlín in Prague, will offer countless possibilities for addressing these phenomena. The organizers have again managed to attract from around the world outstanding speakers who will share their experience not only at the conference, but also in the course of several concurrent workshops.
Sydney needs a plan for future population | SBS
“New figures predict Sydney’s population will be six million by 2031, so action needs to be taken now says Minister for Planning Pru Goward.”
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 1 June 2014 | News & Upcoming Events
The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is proud to announce that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has agreed to establish the Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture (GGMLA) to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the CSLA. This award will be the highest honour bestowed by the CSLA and it will be awarded every two years.
The GGMLA is an occasion for Canadians to celebrate and learn about the contributions that professional landscape architects have made to the urban, rural and wilderness environments of Canada over the last century – since Frederick Todd became the first landscape architect to work in Canada in 1900.
Continue reading CSLA-AAPC announces the creation of the Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture
Movers & spacers: Winning landscape architects champion smart, fun public areas | Lucy Hyslop | Vancouver Sun
“It’s just another slice of park life, but this time the landscape architect whose firm designed the new and recently accoladed Mid Main green space is happily taking in the animated vignette. “None of that would have happened before in this space,” Joe Fry says with modest yet tangible glee. “It’s very satisfying seeing it being used.”
Celebrating New Pier While Debating Park’s Uses | Vivian Yee | New York Times
Pier 2 & 4 opened this week at Brooklyn Bridge Park however a recent NYC RFP for towers is causing concern with city residents
Community garden evolving on vacant downtown lot | Seth Slabaugh | The Star Press
Ball State University landscape architecture students are installing a community garden, mural and courtyard on a highly visible vacant lot at Main and High streets in downtown Muncie.
A Blueprint to End Paralysis Over Global Action on Climate | Timothy E. Wirth & Thomas A. Daschle | Yale e360
“The international community should stop chasing the chimera of a binding treaty to limit CO2 emissions. Instead, it should pursue an approach that encourages countries to engage in a “race to the top” in low-carbon energy solutions.”
Landscape architect reimagines Olmsted’s Jackson Park, makes pitch for conservancy and nixing golf driving range
“Vermont-based architect Patricia O’Donnell was picked earlier this year by privately-funded non-profit Project 120 to help restore designer Frederick Olmsted’s original influence on the park.”
Report Documents Preventable Pedestrian Deaths, Ranks Most Dangerous Metro Areas | ASLA
“More than 47,000 people were killed while walking in the U.S. between 2003 and 2012, at a rate that has been rising in the last few years. The majority of those deaths likely could have been prevented with safer street design, according to a new report released today by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, in conjunction with AARP and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).”
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 25 May 2014 | News & Upcoming Events
Artistic landscape architecture brings a sense of belonging | John King | SFGate.com
When five of the nation’s leading landscape architects, gathered before their peers last weekend in Berkeley, the projects they discussed were located in Massachusetts and Minnesota, China and Spain.
In the pink: Downtown ribbon display adds to Vancouver’s urban fabric (with photos) | Kim Pemberton | Vancouver Sun
Landscape architects put up Vancouver park installation in conjunction with B.C. Land Summit
Chelsea Flower Show: the pop-up gardens refreshing city centres | Christopher Woodward | FT
The emergence of the Chelsea Fringe, the gardening world’s first alternative festival
Kate Orff makes the Fast Company Top 100 Creative People in Business
Kate Orff, Founding Partner of Scape was listed at number 93. “Nature and cities, says architect and park designer Kate Orff, “are intertwined, whether we’ve designed them to be or not, so we’re simply trying to choreograph that interface.”
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 18 May 2014