Andrew Grant and Dan Pearson win Royal Designer for Industry in Landscape Design


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.

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Maroochy Botanic Gardens Arts & Ecology Centre | Maroochy Australia | Guymer Bailey Landscape

Maroochy Botanic Gardens Arts & Ecology Centre | Maroochy Australia | Guymer Bailey Landscape

IMAGE CREDIT | Scott Burrows

Guymer Bailey has designed the landscape of the Maroochy Botanic Gardens Arts and Ecology Centre as both an educational experience and as a means for people to enjoy the natural features of the Botanic Gardens and surrounding bushland.

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Peter Walker awarded the ULI Prize For Visionaries In Urban Development

The 2012 Urban Land Institute (ULI) J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development has been awarded  to landscape architect Peter Walker,  which is the institute’s highest honor. Walker will be honored during ULI’s annual fall meeting October 16-19 in Denver. More information and video of Peter and his thoughts on winning the award after the jump.
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Skolkovo Innovation Centre | Moscow Russia | AECOM

Skolkovo Innovation Centre | Moscow Russia | AECOM

The Skolkovo Innovation Center, also known as the Russian Silicon Valley, is a key Russian development project: a 460 hectare technology business area planned at Skolkovo, near Moscow, Russia. The strategic goal of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre is to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. The landscape by AECOM is designed to at once reflect and encourage innovation, providing places to refresh and inspire the minds of the people living and working within Skolkovo.
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2012 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award goes to Mihály Möcsényi

Mocsényi_Mihály The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), which represents the worldwide profession of landscape architecture, recently announced that Mihály Möcsényi is the winner of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award – the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ premier award – for 2012.

Professor Möcsényi (Hungary) started to work in University education already in 1945. He was teaching landscape design and landscaping. Since 1970 he became the head of the Department of Landscape and Garden Architecture school in Budapest, Hungary. He integrated the technical and aesthetic knowledge together with an ecological and economic approach to landscape architecture education.

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2012 London Olympics | Legacy

2012 London Olympics | Legacy
With the London 2012 Olympic over and the Paralympic Games soon to begin, but it won’t be long the all the teams and fans will be at home and the Olympics Park will be empty. The question always comes up what now for the venues, parks and infrastructure that was built for the Olympics? Well the legacy planning has been in the works with the Mayor setting up the London Legacy Development Corporation that will be “setting and maintaining standards for quality of design, construction and urban planning, to ensure a sustainable and enduring legacy for the Park”.
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This Week in Landscape | 12 August 2012

back from a hiatus here is the “This Week in Landscape” links from across the globe.

 The Green Team: Part 1 | Metropolis Magazine
Terrie Brightman and Lisa DuRussel along with others from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects have started blogging  about landscape architecture at the Metropolis Magazine

Tree Massacre At Queens Borough Hall | Geoffrey Croft | A Walk In The Park
It was cheaper for a city to cut down trees and buy new trees than to move the existing trees – the epitome of waste and bureaucracy?

Q&A: Diana Balmori | Jared Green | Metropolis Magazine
“There will be no remedy but to put the architecture and landscape together. Both architects and landscape architects are starting to work in ways that imitate nature in the way that it functions.” Diana Balmori

John Magee’s Native Landscape Designs Create Habitat for Wildlife | Al Bredenberg | Inhabitat
“Even as habitat becomes more and more disrupted by development, we’re creating more and more little islands of habitat. Wildlife can move and migrate from one to another of them.”

An Architect’s Vision: Bare Elegance in China | Jane Perlez | New York Times
“I love Manhattan. It’s a very interesting place. But if you want to copy something that was accomplished in 200 years, it’s very difficult. New York was not designed by architects, it was designed by time.”

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