Formosa Pocket Park | West Hollywood USA | Katherine Spitz Associates

Formosa Pocket Park | West Hollywood USA | Katherine Spitz Associates
KSA’s intent was to design a neighborhood park to meet the growing desire for more open and public gathering spaces in the City of West Hollywood. The park is a passive, recreational haven amid the bustle of the City’s streets.
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Public Open Space At Cronton Colliery – Ideas Masterplan Competition

Cronton Colliery - Courtesy of Land Trust

A new ideas competition has been announced to create a masterplan for a new public open space and visitor destination at the former Cronton Colliery site in Merseyside. The competition is open to architects or landscape architects and architect-led multi-disciplinary design teams and is being run by the Land Trust in association with RIBA Competitions.

The  competition will be in two stages, judged anonymously in the first stage. A shortlist will then be invited to enhance and present their designs and potential funding propositions at interview as part  of the second stage.

The Land Trust’s aim is to create a public open space and visitor destination, with a self-sustaining  funding structure, appealing to a range of leisure interests and working in conjunction with local  tourist attractions such as Knowsley Safari Park and Stadt Moers Country Park.

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Nominate an at-risk cultural landscape


A.D Taylor and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. at Forest Hills Park, OH

Recently, The Cultural Landscape Foundation announces the 2012 Landslide®: Landscape and Patronage call for nominations. Landslide, the annual thematic compendium of threatened and at-risk landscapes, in 2012 will focus on those people and/or organizations and the sites they helped create. The goal is to celebrate their accomplishments and inspire new generations of patrons and philanthropists. The landscapes that surround us everyday shape our communities and the people living in them — help bring attention to these sites and the individuals who shaped their creation by nominating an at-risk cultural landscape.

Deadline is May 31! Submit a nomination

IMAGE: Courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Paulina Park | Chicago USA | moss

Paulina Park | Chicago USA | moss
A plan for public open at an advantageous, but underutilized retail corner in Chicago stemmed from a recommendation in the award winning Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP). moss was commissioned by the The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce to proactively plan for business and economic development, and sustainability initiatives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
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Urban Prairie | Gatineau Canada | Claude Cormier + Associés with Aedifica

Canadian Museum of Civilization Plaza

Fall view from the Museum | ©Claude Cormier + Associés inc.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization, designed by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal and inaugurated in 1989, is comprised of two pavilions, their architecture a startling embodiment of the country’s distinguishing geographical features. The public display wing replicates the dramatic effect of the glaciers; the contours of the curatorial wing symbolize the majestic Canadian Shield; and the open Plaza simulates the vast Great Plains. The layout and sheer size of the Plaza were planned in such a way as to visually incorporate the Museum buildings and the Parliament Buildings perched across the Ottawa River. However, the Plaza’s lack of appeal had left it empty of visitors for much of the year. To remedy the situation, we extended the Museum’s original conceptual metaphor, bringing to life what had long remained latent: the swaying grasses of the Prairies.

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