WLA #07 Magazine submissions are open

We recently published the #06 edition of WLA Landscape Architecture Quarterly Magazine and the search is on again for great landscape architecture projects to publish in the #07 edition. We have opened submissions for the #07 edition of WLA and we are looking for interesting projects (built and unbuilt) from across the world. We accept submissions from landscape architects (professionals and students), urban designers, landscape designers, architects, artists, and other built environment professionals but all projects must be focused on the landscape.

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VIDEO | Ken Smith on aesthetics in Landscape Architecture

Ken Smith recently gave a lecture at Taubman College at the University of Michigan about aesthetics in landscape architecture. During the one and half hour lecture Ken goes through many of projects undertaken by WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect.

Ken Smith, WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect from Taubman College on Vimeo.

Calls for Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award nominations

IFLA has asked for Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award nominations to be submitted by the 30 November 2012. The Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture.The award is bestowed annually on an individual whose work and achievements merit this recognition.

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Landscape Institute President calls on Practices to help out unemployed landscape architects

The financial crisis over the last 4-5 years has been a trying time across the world for the landscape architecture profession with many landscape architects loosing their jobs due to slow downs, firm mergers & consolidations and government budget cuts. Many landscape architects have taken various actions to keep earning an income, but there are many that have few alternatives due to commitments in their towns and cities. The Landscape Institute has realised this after taking a recent survey and found that many Licentiate members are feeling isolated and in need of support.

Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute (UK) has called on Registered Practices to offer two-week placements which will include the chance for Licentiates to discuss portfolios, CVs and professional presentation with practitioners, and opportunities to get directly involved in projects or work shadow. Illman hopes that non-registered practices, local authorities and other agencies that employ landscape architects will also step forward. The President’s firm Illman Young is one of the first practices to advertise an opportunity under the scheme.

I find this an inspired scheme by the Landscape Institute to help out new and experienced professionals who need to stay practising to keep their skills sharp. The Landscape Institute is thinking ahead by keeping experienced professionals in the industry. We all hope that the world economies will soon turn and if there is a large loss of new and experienced professionals to other professions, there will be long term ramifications. A loss of professionals will cause a shortage, placing the profession on the back foot as other professions fill the void. I call on other landscape architecture professional organisations (country-wide and regional) to undertake similar schemes to keep landscape architects employed.

For those in the UK you can read more about the scheme at the Landscape Institute. 

Tbilisi Zoo | Tbilisi Georgia | HASSELL

The London Studio of HASSELL, working with Arup, has been appointed by Tbilisi City Hall to carry out the concept design of the new Tbilisi Zoo on the outskirts of the Georgian capital city. The project will see the existing city centre zoo replaced by a zoological and recreation complex adjacent to the inland lake known as Tbilisi Sea.

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