Its that time of year when Design Intelligence releases their annual rankings for the best design schools in North America. The rankings rate the design schools through surveying practitioners on which school they think is the best based on their hirings over the past 5 year. This year there has been a change in the top ranked Undergraduate coursea with Penn State overtaking LSU for 1st position; Harvard continues to dominate the Graduate courses ranking by maintaining their No.1 ranking. LSU has maintained its 3rd on the graduate course rankings with KSU rising to 2nd ranking from its 11th ranking in 2013.
The schools are also ranked based on region (Midwest, East, West and South), communication, design, computer applications, research & theory, teamwork and sustainable design practices. The rankings not only review how employers rank each course, but there is also Deans rankings, student rankings and also a summary for each design school in the guide.
Earlier this year it is announced at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens that the OKRA team of OKRA in collaboration with Mixst urbanism and Wageningen University, had won the prestigious competition ReThink Athens, towards a new city centre. The team is supported by the Greek Architects of Studio 75 and Werner Sobek Green Technologies. The event took place in presence of the President of the Onassis Foundation, Mr. Anthony Papadimitriou, the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Antonis Samaras, the Mayor of Athens, Mr. Georgios Kaminis, and many high officials.
GROUND UP is an annual publication of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. In this issue, we invite you to explore what it means to be Here.
We are soliciting printable media up to 2500 words with accompanying graphics. Shorter entries of 500-1000 words are highly encouraged, as are design proposals, either speculative or built. We welcome video submissions for the journal’s online component, and encourage novel forms of written and artistic expression.
Closes: JANUARY 5th, 2014. Notification of selected entries will be made in February.
Landscape architect Dominic Cole, the principal designer of the Eden Project, is to give the Landscape Institute’s third Jellicoe Lecture. Returning to the unusual landform he helped transform 12 years ago he will provide a glimpse into the creative process behind the transformation of the former china clay pit into a truly spectacular landscape and visitor attraction.
The Maeder-York Family Fellowship recognizes an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The residential Fellowship is awarded through a juried international portfolio competition and builds upon the Gardner’s Artist-in Residence programs that have fostered creativity and collaboration in the arts for over two decades.
In 2014, The Maeder-York Family Fellow in Landscape Studies will be in residence in one of the Renzo Piano-designed apartments at the Museum for three months during the summer. A public event centering on a discussion of their work is scheduled for the evening of June 12, 2014.
The “Design Ideas Competition for Preservation Corridor for Lung Tsun Stone Bridge Remnants” is open for entries from September 24. Qualified professionals and the general public are invited to contribute innovative design concepts for the preservation corridor to serve as a reference for the project in the future.
The competition’s theme is “Showcase of Lung Tsun”. Designs should focus on the preservation of the bridge and the revelation of its historical significance, while also integrating the corridor with adjacent developments and linking it closely with the hinterland of the Kowloon City District. The designs should also provide ancillary facilities connected with nearby heritage resources and tie in with the entire Kai Tak Development project.
Surroundings is a new video series that tells the stories behind some of Metro Vancouver’s well-known public places from the perspectives of the landscape architects who designed them.
The first episode (televised on Shaw TV) features Don Vaughan and focuses on bringing meaning to place through the use of public art. This episode looks at three separate sites: Metrotown Civic Plaza, Granite Assemblage at Ambleside, and High Tide Pavilion/Low Tide Sculpture at David Lam Park.
This video series is non-profit video and was made with zero funding and simply put together by Saba Farmand and Paul Albi who have a love for landscape architecture, the region they live in, and film making.and wanted to promote the profession of landscape architecture.
A great initiative by two people with a love for landscape architecture – you can find our more about the series on the Surroundings Facebook page and watch the 3 upcoming episodes on Shaw TV or the Youtube.