Richard Weller, the new Chairman of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design gave a recent lecture at PennDesign titled An Art of Instrumentality. Weller gives a view into his work from 1990 to the present. (Video 1hr 27mins – Weller’s lecture starts at approx 5 min)
Richard Weller from PennDesign on Vimeo.
Another week in landscape architecture with our selection of links from around the world
Landscape Urbanism…Decoded? | OLIN
“What is landscape urbanism? Is it a method, a practice, or a result? What does this term mean to contemporary practitioners of landscape architecture?”
Landscape Architects: Please Don’t Call Us ‘Architects’ | Sommer Mathis | Atlantic Cities
ASLA goes after Atlantic Cities for spelling Olmsted wrong and calling him an architect. Also stating there is “distinction between landscape architecture and architecture…”
Detroit Mayor Announces Parks and Recreation Closures and Cuts Due to City Council’s Belle Isle Decision | City of Detroit
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced that 50 Detroit parks will close this spring and the operation of other City parks and recreation centers will be severely impacted, due to the Detroit City Council’s failure to approve a Belle Isle lease agreement with the State of Michigan.
Iowa State landscape architecture professor receives national planning award | Iowa State University
The American Planning Association is honoring an Iowa State University faculty member with a national award. Christopher J. Seeger, an associate professor of landscape architecture and extension specialist, will receive a 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning.
Imagining in the Urban Wild | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…..
Could an interesting, creative and challenging outdoor experience be an alternative to video games? Would it encourage girls and boys to become planners, designers and engineers?
Global Centre for Ecosystem Management Established by UNEP and China | UNEP
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have established a new global centre on ecosystem management in Beijing, which is aimed at promoting ecosystem management in developing countries.
1-9 Regent Street is a recently completed new student housing development in the highly urbanised Sydney suburb of Chippendale. ASPECT Studios‘ brief included the design, development application and documentation of the courtyard, which is intended as a place for students to relax, gather and study.
Continue reading Regent Street New Student Housing | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios
Image Credit | Flickr User srslyguys
CCNY’s event on Febraury 9 will examine storm protection opportunities that incorporate multiple infrastructure systems.
“After experiencing two destructive tropical storms in as many years, New York City finds itself forced to adapt to the reality of catastrophic weather events resulting from climate change. However, it cannot rely on simple fixes. Rather, it needs to create new urban landscapes with the capacity to negotiate social, cultural, and environmental forces, argues Denise Hoffman-Brandt, associate professor of landscape architecture in City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture.”
Continue reading ‘Waterproofing New York’ at CCNY
IMAGE CREDIT | Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture
The tree house at Melbourne Girls Grammar School junior campus has elements of the archetypal tree house – an elevated enclosed space within the tree canopy of a mature English Oak, and windows from which to view the world below. But it departs from this script to meet functional challenges presented by the project brief.
Continue reading Tree House | Melbourne Australia | Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture
The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) will hold its annual Conference in Hamburg from 22 to 25 September 2013. ECLAS has put out the call for papers for the 5 topics – NATURE HAPPENED YESTERDAY, WHO OWNS THE LANDSCAPE?, BEST PRACTICE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND STRUCTURES and EVENTS AND CONVERSION. The conference will be hosted by the Hafen City University Hamburg and is curated and coordinated by the Department of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christiane Sörensen.
Continue reading ECLAS 2013 Conference | “SPECIFICS” | Call for Papers
Like a baroque garden that makes a connection between heaven and earth with mirror-like pools and broderie parterres, so Topotek 1’s design for the ‘théâtre de signes’ makes a connection from the physical to the virtual world, with the structure of new broderie bosquets. The shape of the garden as viewed from the air is part of a coded language, providing new characters for a contemporary reading.
Continue reading Théâtre de Signes | Versailles Palace Gardens | TOPOTEK1