Masterplan for Bègles and Villenave d’Ornon | Bordeaux France | OMA


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.
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From Sea To Shining Sea | feature-length film tracing the route of American settlement


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.
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This Week in Landscape | 7 April 2013

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

Hathi Gaon | Amber India | Integrated Design (INDE)


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).
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This Week In Landscape | 31 March 2013

Easter Egg Hunt | Covent Garden | IMAGE CREDIT Martin Pettitt

Experimental Landscapes: Alexander Felson on Ecology and Design | Urban Omnibus
Alexander Felson, an assistant professor at Yale in both the School of Foresty & Environmental Studies and the School of Architecture, is a different kind of urban ecologist.

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture | Kyle Rogler | This Big City
“Finding available land for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community.”

Michael Hough brought ecology to the cityscape | Alex Bozikovic | Globe & Mail
Mr. Hough, who died in January at 84, spent his career in pursuit of this ideal – the integration of cities with natural system

Greenway to be Built at Water Reclamation Plant by the L.A. River | Carren Jao | KCET
“Every little bit counts, especially when it comes to open space. If all goes according to plan, this June, Angelenos will be welcoming another greenway right by the Los Angeles River.”

Seismic Signals: an interview with Ken Goldberg | Venue
“The Hayward Fault runs through the center of the UC Berkeley campus, famously splitting the university’s football stadium in half from end to end.”

Sevilla, Spain: City of Tile and Stone | A Landscape Architect and a Passport
Another post from A Landscape Architect and a Passport by William “Drew” Langston

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User | Martin Pettit

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