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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will announce the 5 winners on December 14 .
Thank you to our readers and supporters.
Damian Holmes – Founder & Editor of World Landscape Architecture
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.
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.
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson says environmentally friendly ‘soft infrastructure’ mitigates flood damage without sending harm elsewhere. The flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy prompted calls from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other officials to consider building storm surge barriers to protect Lower Manhattan from future catastrophes. But, such a strategy could make things even worse for outlying areas that were hit hard by the hurricane, City College of New York Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Catherine Seavitt Nordenson warns.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation has published the video proceedings of their recent conference Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide II. The conference co-sponsored with the Central Park Conservancy examined the critical design and maintenance issues faced at some of the nation’s premiere urban woodlands. Landscape Architecture academics and professionals presented material Stewardship of Central Park’s Woodlands.
Presenters and Panellists include Christopher Nolan, Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, Eric W. Sanderson, Michael Boland, Todd Forrest, Christian Zimmerman, Elizabeth K. Meyer, Keith Bowers, Dennis C. McGlade, and Margie Ruddick. You can watch the full series on youtube