This Weeks landscape architecture links from around the world….
Designing the Urban Landscape To Meet 21st Century Challenges | Diane Toomey | Yale Environment 360
Martha Schwartz, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, explains in a Yale Environment 360 interview how creative landscape architecture can help cities become models of sustainability in a world facing daunting environmental challenges.
Editorial> Landscape Architecture’s Ascendance | Alan G. Brake | Architect’s Newspaper
In recent years, landscape architects have seen their profile rise. The discipline has gained stature in the public’s imagination, as well as among the allied disciplines of architecture, planning, and even civil and transportation engineering.
Exploring Roosevelt Island’s New Four Freedoms Park | Sara Polsky | Curbed NY
After decades of delays, Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park is now open to the public at the southern end of Roosevelt Island.
A Field Guide to the Wonderful World of Clients | Ilya Pozin | LinkedIN
“No company should have to put up with tough clients. That’s why I’ve compiled the infographic below, which details a few specific characteristics you can look for to identify when someone is going to be hard to work with.”
What’s in a name? | Julian Raxworthy
“Glorious failure: the landscape architect in the entropic garden. Landscape change results in material outcomes that exhibit the quality of novelty.”
Thinking on Sustainability Through Health | Cathy Markle
“In thinking about the potential of landscape architecture to effect people in their daily lives and in the future…….”
IMAGE CREDIT | Jim Simmons
Grand Park’s landscape architecture and architecture by Rios Clementi Hale Studios creates a distinctive, interconnected, and inviting space. The design is inspired by the diversity of the people of the region, both explicitly and implicitly, in the variety of its lawns, terraces, plazas, and gardens. Although Grand Park is a significant marker of the county, it is not meant to be a static monument, but rather act as the “front- and backyards” for the community.
Continue reading Grand Park | Los Angeles USA | Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Recently, Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design announced that Richard Weller has been recommended as Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Pending final University approval, Weller will assume Chairmanship January 2013, a position currently held by Professor James Corner, who has led the program since 2000.
Weller, who has taught and practiced landscape architecture for over 25 years, was previously the Winthrop Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Director of both the Australian Urban Design Research Centre and the design firm Room 4.1.3.
The American Institute of Architects Detroit’s Urban Priorities Committee (AIA-UPC) is conducting a design competition to redesign the riverfront of Detroit. The competition will focus on the area between Cobo Hall and the Renaissance Center and between Jefferson Avenue and the Detroit River. This section of Riverfront which includes Hart Plaza is at the heart of the city. The major streets from the radial street plan created by Augustus Woodward (based on L’Enfant’s layout of Washington D.C.) intersect just north of this site. The program is direct and purposefully vague with the intention of generating creative solutions. Design solutions can be approached from an architectural, urban planning or artistic perspective.
UPDATE | Symposium and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 6:30-8:00 pm | Doors and Bar Open 6pm
Detroit Institute of Arts, Kresge Court,5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Free Admission for General Public RSVP at Eventbrite
Continue reading Detroit Riverfront Design Competition | UPDATE
World Landscape Architecture celebrates 5 years of publishing landscape architecture projects, news, competitions and book reviews. Originally a blog named World Landscape Architect with a few readers has grown into a webzine of over 35,000 readers and our more recently the WLA Quarterly Landscape Architecture Magazine.
One of the first posts back in 2007 was about “Michael Arad achieved the dream of many architects: He won the competition to design the memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001, in Manhattan.”, 5 years later and the 9/11 Memorial is now open and a landmark space in New York.
Over the last five years and almost 3,000 posts we have had the pleasure of publishing projects from across the world from the small gardens to the mega-city masterplans. Design Firms, students and government organisations have contributed a great deal to World Landscape Architecture and I would like to celebrate their contributions by giving our readers a free download(ipad or PDF) of the #05 edition of WLA Landscape Quarterly Magazine for the next week. The #05 edition includes the North Wharf Promenade in New Zealand by Taylor Cullity Lethlean & Wraight+Associates and also included is projects from SWA Group, Sasaki Associates, HM White, OKRA and more.
Also to celebrate our 5 years we will give away 5 print editions of the upcoming #07 edition of WLA Landscape Architecture Quarterly Magazine to 5 people who tell us their favorite project on World Landscape Architecture and why. Send your entry to email@example.com. We will announce the 5 winners on December 14 .
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Gardens by the Bay – Grant Associates | Image Credit Robert Such
The RSA has announced the Royal Designers for Industry awards that began as a means by which to enhance the status of designers today remains the highest accolade for designers in the UK and is conferred to those who have shown sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society. Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath-based Grant Associates and Dan Pearson, Principal of Dan Pearson Studio are only the second and third British landscape architects to receive the award since it was introduced in 1936. The first was Kim Wilkie in 2009.
Continue reading Andrew Grant and Dan Pearson win Royal Designer for Industry in Landscape Design
The Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State is announcing a call for the A.E. Bye/ Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for the calendar year 2013. The Fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend for a minimum of one week of archival research in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The records (drawings, papers, photographs, and videos) of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A. E. Bye ( as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz) are held at Penn State.
Continue reading Call for the A.E. Bye Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow