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
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
This weeks landscape links from around the world.
Mahindra World City: The Future of Gated Communities? |By Oliver Balch at Green Futures | The Big City
“Mahindra World City sets out to take the gated community concept – safe, separate, exclusive – and give it a sustainability spin.”
Landscape Architect Exhibits New Ceramic Sculptures | Arthur Whitman | Ithaca.com
“Marc Peter Keane is an accomplished Ithaca-based landscape architect and writer specializing in contemporary Japanese-inspired gardens.”
NZ first for landscape architecture | Voxy.co.nz
“For the first time New Zealand will host the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Council meeting and World Congress . The World Council meeting on April 11 at SkyCity in Auckland will be the Federation’s 50th World Congress, and is hosted by the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects.”
Top Landscape Architects Visit CSU to Discuss Projects that Blend Natural and Built Environments | Colorado State University
Laurie Olin, Christine Reed, James Lord, and Walter Hood will give separate lectures on April 9-12 as part of the 20th annual Landscape Architecture Days Lecture Series; all the talks are free and open to the public. More info at CSU
ASLA | April is National Landscape Architecture Month
National Landscape Architecture Month = Healthy Living Through Design 2013
The primary concern of the masterplan was to recreate an ecosystem which addresses the physical and psychological comfort of the elephants and Mumbai-based architects Rahul Mehrotra and Associates were invited to lead the initiative. The settlement was to be a habitat for a hundred elephants, which included ones on active duty, calves, convalescent and aging animals as well as their mahouts (Elephant Keepers).
Continue reading Hathi Gaon | Amber India | Integrated Design (INDE)