This Week in Landscape | 20 July 2014

A landscape architect in East Africa | Kate Street | NZILA
“There is such a strong satisfaction that comes from designing for someone’s basic needs. Designing for blind and deaf children adds a whole new dimension to the job at hand.”

Infrastructure and our way of life: lessons from the Atlanta BeltLine | Claire Nelischer | Spacing
An interview with Ryan Gravel, a senior urban designer with Perkins+Will who has helped to lead the design of the Atlanta BeltLine.

The Soil Pollution Crisis in China: A Cleanup Presents Daunting Challenge | He Guangwei | Yale e360
“China’s soil problem, he said, is not only one of pollution but also soil quality and erosion, and improving soil quality with increased organic matter and better pH levels is particularly urgent. ”

Tehran, the City of River Valleys, Needs a Landscape Ecological Approach to the Design and Planning of Its Waterways | Kaveh Samiei | Sustainable Cities Collective
“Based on the potentials and the restrictions of the landscape, the solutions for enhancing the ecological connectivity of urban natural public spaces are provided through the hierarchy of landscapes’ Environmental Equilibrium, Geographical-anthropological Sustainability and Eco-environmental-societal Excellence features.”

In Praise of Lurie Garden, Millennium Park’s Quiet Corner | Whet Moser | Chicago Mag
“How Chicago’s public gardens evolved from Burnham to Jensen to Ouldolf, and how they reflect the ambitions of our urbs in horto.”

Made in the Shade: Landscaping in the Shadow of the High Line | Terrie Brightman | Metropolis Magazine
“The High Line proved to be the main site challenge, as it occupies much of the visual landscape and creates areas of permanent shade—limiting the plant palette and the ability to establish a lush, viable landscape.”

Foster appointed director of Stuckeman School | PennState
“Kelleann Foster, a Penn State landscape architecture faculty member since 1989, has been appointed director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at the University for a two-year term.”

The Plaza, Te Kaikata | Auckland, New Zealand | Bespoke Landscape Architects

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The Plaza is located within The District at Auckland Airport and was designed with the dual objective of becoming a new public space for The Quad precinct, whilst also providing the landscape and urban setting for Auckland Airport’s new property marketing suite – Te Kaitaka (The Cloak) designed by Fearon Hay Architects.
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This Week in Landscape | 13 July 2014

This week’s summary of  landscape news and  information

President Obama on Landscape Architects (Video) | ASLA
President Obama acknowledges landscape architects’ role in rebuilding infrastructure.

Public parks under threat | Landscape Institute
A report from the Heritage Lottery Fund reveals the growing risk of Britain’s parks becoming run down or getting sold.

America’s Leading Design Cities | Richard Florida | The Atlantic CityLab
“Architecture is the second-largest sector, with 85,000 working in firms and another 23,000 self-employed. There were another 21,000 landscape designers, about a quarter of whom were self-employed.”

Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) issues a Joint Statement of North East New Territories Development Areas | HKILA
“Currently the supply in residential market is inadequate and one of the viable solutions is to increase the land supply.”

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COMPETITION | 2014 Symbiotic Cities International Design Ideas Competition

“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

Southampton’s Watermark WestQuay goes to Grant Associates

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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.

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