WLA calls for more landscape architecture at the 2016 Venice Biennale

Recently, the Board of the la Biennale di Venezia has appointed Alejandro Aravena as Director of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice Biennale). On his appointment Alejandro Aravena stated that

“There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life……The 15th International Architecture Exhibition will be about focusing and learning from architectures that through intelligence, intuition or both of them at the same time, are able to escape the status quo. We would like to present cases that, despite the difficulties, instead of resignation or bitterness, propose and do something. We would like to show that in the permanent debate about the quality of the built environment, there is not only need but also room for action”.

The question is will we see more landscape architecture at the 2016 Venice Biennale? I am hoping that Aravena looks to landscape architects to provide some voices on the “debate about the quality of the built environment”. After attending the 2014 Biennale – Fundamentals – that was beautifully curated by Rem Koolhaas, however there were few pavilions or exhibits focusing on landscape.

I understand that the 2016 Venice Biennale and all biennales are architecture exhibitions but often landscape architecture and landscape architects are under represented and whilst walking around the 2014 Biennale I felt that one of the most important fundamentals – the landscape – which is the site and context within in architecture is placed was not acknowledged. I hope that Alejandro Aravena heeds my call for more representation of landscape architecture at the 2016 Venice Biennale and allows landscape architects access to curate part or whole exhibitions to be able to participate in the “permanent debate about the quality of the built environment”.

Landscape Architecture is a key part of the design conversation about the quality of the built environment and how we can improve urban and rural life through positive design outcomes. I look forward to visiting the 15th International Architecture Exhibition that will take place from 28 May to 27 November 2016.

Damian Holmes
Editor – World Landscape Architecture

Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation

Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation from TAMU College of Architecture on Vimeo.

Students install rain gardens at Schob Park Nature Preserve that sustained by stormwater runoff they absorb from nearby impervious surfaces such as walkways and parking lots. The project was funded by a small grant from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Civitas creates revitalised waterfront in San Diego

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San Diego’s new North Embarcadero waterfront park forms part of a revitalized gateway to the city’s downtown center and establishes an energized destination within a rapidly developing area of the city. The 1000-foot-long linear park adjacent to San Diego Bay is the first phase of a $200 million, 10-phase project which had remained in a conceptual stage for more than 20 years. Denver-based urban design studio Civitas as part of the team of consultants has worked with clients Civic San Diego (formerly known as Centre City Development Corporation), Port of San Diego, and the City of San Diego for the past seven years to bring this first phase of the project to completion. The design team evolved an existing master plan to develop a people-friendly, urban park area and promenade alongside a working waterfront that is home to cruise ships, fishing operations and museums.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Rethinking the Rez | Jeff M. Jones

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This is a conceptual graduate student project that was undertaken as part of a studio led by Laurie Olin at the University of Pennsylvania in the spring semester of 2014. It focused on revitalizing Crownpoint, New Mexico, USA, a small town on the Navajo Reservation, in one of the poorest counties in the United States. The design creates a new cultural route to promote Navajo heritage and to provide a new source of income for the community. A swale along the route collects storm water and uses it to irrigate community gardens at the center of the city. Both the route and the swale work with the existing topography to minimize the cost of regrading, since their budget is limited.

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Senior Landscape Architect | Grant Associates | Singapore

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Senior Landscape Architect

We are looking for a Senior Landscape Architect with a minimum of 6+ years of professional experience to join us in our Singapore Studio.

Grant Associates has an excellent reputation for contemporary Landscape Architecture and sustainable development. We have a diverse portfolio of challenging and innovative design-led projects throughout Singapore, South East Asia, Europe and the UK.

Due to a variety of new and exciting high profile projects across South East Asia and the Asia Pacific region we are looking for someone to join our busy existing team in Singapore.

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The Position
We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic individual who has strong 3D graphic and visualisation skills and a proven competency in AutoCAD, InDesign and Photoshop. Applicants should have a relevant professional degree and a strong desire to further their career in a challenging, creative and collaborative environment.

A professional degree in Architecture with a Masters in Landscape Architecture will also be considered.

Grant Associates offer a competitive salary that is commensurate to experience.

Requirements/Attributes
The successful applicant will have:

• a degree in Landscape Architecture (or Architecture) with 6+ years of professional experience;

• strong local planting and biodiversity knowledge;

• a track record of delivering landscape projects in Singapore and South East Asia;

• experience in a variety of projects types including high profile urban masterplanning, residential, mixed use commercial, parks and public realm;

• collaborative team working experience;

• strong design and communication skills;

• ability and skill in CAD, Adobe CS (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and Microsoft Office;

Applications
Please apply with your covering letter, CV and examples of work in response to the above attributes.

How to Apply
Please apply by email to recruitment@grant-associates.com.sg by the 31st January 2016. Please quote Reference SNG SLA in the email subject heading.

Alternatively, applications can be posted to our Singapore office care of Mike Wood.

Mike Wood

Grant Associates

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Singapore 088444

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Grant Associates is an equal opportunities employer. Please only apply if you have the right to work in Singapore.

ADEPT & Mandaworks win Kolkajen-Ropsten design competition

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ADEPT & Mandaworksare now officially announced winners of the large urban development of Kolkajen-Ropsten in Stockholm’s Royal Seaport, Sweden. The Jury appointed the proposal, ’Royal Neighbour’ as the winner of the parallel assignment on basis of it’s high architectural and urban qualities. Since summer 2014, the team has worked closely with the city of Stockholm to develop the masterplan. The ambitious phase 1 will commence building in 2017.
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Deploying San Francisco’s iconic terrain as an agent for interactive discovery, play and community engagement

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Peak Experience is an exciting installation by ATLAS Lab that was created for the San Francisco Market Street Prototyping Festival – a 3 Day event that took place in April showcasing 50 prototype projects.

Drawing from the nearly 53 hills that frame San Francisco’s most diverse and engaging neighborhoods, Peak Experience reconceives the hills of San Francisco into a series of varying and undulating mounds that frame a mix of uses that promote the integration of play into traditional street models.  

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