While digital computation methods have increasingly been incorporated into the architectural and industrial design process, their use in landscape architecture and terrain modelling is relatively nascent. This project is an example of the potential application of computation-driven geometry to the design of physical landscapes, in this case enabling the redesign of an urban park in a historical district which eschews pastiche while retaining echoes of the past.
At a smaller scale, embedded in this project is a material reinterpretation at the interface and transition between hard and soft surfaces. The material reinterpretation is a subtle provocation of what defines modern materials, how these materials are configured and in what context, and how contemporary geometries can be created using materials that are normally thought of as traditional. Overall, the project offers new possibilities in terms of form, performance and social occupations of public urban space.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Promenade Park: Digital Computations and Material Reinterpretations | Kamila Grigo
Popple by Meaghan Hunter & Suzy Melo, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada Image Credit: Martin Bond
The International Garden Festival, presented at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens in the Gaspésie region of Québec, is preparing its 17th edition and is issuing an international call for proposals to select designers who will create the new temporary gardens that will be presented from June 23, 2016.
The installations selected by the jury will have a special energy and connection to the natural world. The temporary gardens will have a degree of interactivity that encourages visitors to enter with enthusiasm. The goal is to intrigue visitors with the unusual or to impress by new ways of presenting what is common.
This call for proposals is open to all landscape architects, architects and multidisciplinary teams from Canada and abroad. For complete information on this call for proposals, those interested should consult the web site: www.projects.internationalgardenfestival.ca
The deadline for the submission of entries is MONDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2015 at 5 pm EST.
World Landscape Architecture is not involved with the Festival please contact the organisers via www.projects.internationalgardenfestival.ca
At the start of 2013, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported concern for 10.4 million refugees, while the total figure of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons surpassed 50 million in June of 2014. This is the largest number of refugees in the world since the UNHCR was founded in response to people displaced from WWII and will likely increase as competition over resources in a changing climate, ideological conflicts, and population growth force people out of their homes.
After 5 years of conflict (7 years is the average lifespan of refugee camps), the number of refugees fleeing Syria alone has surpassed 4 million. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, reports: “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation. It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty.”
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | A Landscape Framework for Refugee Camps | Helen Yu
We are very proud to announce that Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) has become a new partner of World Landscape Architecture. We appreciate TCL joining as a partner for 2015/2016. Our partners assist us to continue publishing great landscape architecture projects and news from across the world.
National Arboretum Canberra Masterplan by TCL | Image Credit – John Gollings
TCL is one of the Australia’s award winning landscape architecture and urban design firms. Over the past 25 years, TCL have delivered a wide range of projects across a variety of public and private settings, from urban waterfronts to desert walking trails. TCL works both nationally and internationally, undertaking a detailed exploration of context, site and community, with a focus on the poetic expression of landscape and contemporary culture.
We welcome TCL as a partner and thank them for their support. Find out more about how you can become a World Landscape Architecture Partner.
360 + 5 proposes to amplify the visual and spatial experience with dynamic “reflections” strategically passed along the corridor thereby transforming a series of streets into a cohesive public realm.
Manhattan’s 42nd Street is a dense, vibrant transportation corridor furnished with a myriad of urban live/work/entertainment layers. While the corridor has many dynamic assets, the pedestrian experience is stark and limited both physically and visually. Pedestrian access is pushed to the fringes of the right-of-way (sidewalks) as most of the corridor is devoted to the automobile (cars, taxi, trucks, bus). There is a noticeable lack of quality public spaces within and adjacent to the corridor considering the huge volume of the pedestrian traffic. The ratio of building heights to the width of the street constrains light and air while limiting visibility.
Continue reading 360 + 5 | New York, USA | BNIM + Iowa State University Students
The Landscape Institute has always played a role in promoting the landscape architecture profession to the public through various initiatives and media including the I want to be a landscape architect video over 5 years ago. Now, the Landscape Institute has just launched another initiative profiling rising stars on its Be A Landscape Architect careers website.
Be A Landscape Architect is the Landscape Institute’s new look careers website. It acts as an information resource for school leavers, undergraduates, post-graduates and career changers thinking about becoming landscape architects. As well as providing details of how to study in the UK and abroad it includes inspirational content about working in the profession.
Bethany Williams and Stuart Towner, have been selected as the first ‘Landscape Showcase’ profiles to appear on the careers website. The pair won Gold and Best in Show at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show for their ‘Green Seam’ show garden.
Head over to Be A Landscape Architect for more information about this great initiative.