NOT IN MY BACKYARD: 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture has recently launched its website. The event is taking place in Canberra, Australia over four days from 27 – 30 October 2016. Canberra is one of the very few, fully planned cities in the world. The 2016 Festival in Canberra will connect the public with landscape architects across multiple events developed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
Not in my backyard’ is about the anthropocene and what we as landscape architects can do about it. The anthropocene is a huge and traumatic philosophical shift for humanity but the idea that we have remade the world is familiar territory for landscape architects and plays well into what landscape architects are trained to do. So, with this conference I am putting forward the notion that this is our century, this is our time to take some control. The conference is structured around 7 themed sub-sections; New Views, New Natures, New Techniques, New Practices, New Natures, New Signs and New Cities. There will also be an international short film competition and we will screen the finalists in Canberra to launch the conference. You know, its also about the fact that landscape architects don’t do backyards and so we want to make that point loud and clear on the occasion of AILAs 50th anniversary. Its also about the fact that we are all NIMBYs in one way or another.” – Richard Weller, the Festival Creative Director
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The project of Giardino Volante was born from the memory of natural landscapes in which we imagined to design a green network within the urban built environment, in an attempt to create a park for all in the city of Pistoia.
A garden in the heart of the city created to offer Pistoia and its people a precious place and radically renovated, to meet up and stroll in the green. A public park accessible to all, where children can play and live their adventures inspired by nature and art. A magical and extraordinary place, in which to be guided by the imagination. This is the Garden Volante, a work that we are happy to donate to the city and to all those who want to visit it.
Ivano Paci, President of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia
Continue reading il Giardino Volante | Pistoia, Italy | Lapo Ruffi, with Angiola Mainolfi
For this project we designed a new type of urban cemetery on a parcel of land owned by The University of Texas at Austin–the site of the soon-to-be-decommissioned Lions Municipal Golf Course. Existing master plans leave scant green space in favor of dense urban fabric. Our design incorporates neighborhood and city planning into a reimagining of the long term value of the site socially, financially, and ecologically for UT and larger community. Several of our main challenges were: lack of urban cemetery space, hydrology, city densification, and loss of green and historical place. These helped us mold new opportunities for the site.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Lions Town, An Ecological Cemetery | Alyssa Hassell, Lauren Ko, William Niendorff
The new neighborhood is a place of encounter. The lodging is residence and center of life for about 1.400 inhabitants and offers through its creative openness both space to the residents, as well as to the surrounding residential areas and work places. City thrives on diversity and attractive medium-through exchanges and among themselves. And one can easily imagine that the green neighborhood offers the different user groups, such as families with children, singles, shared apartments much room for development, but also the employees, by for example Oerlicon and Inficon, a special place for lunch.
Continue reading Die Welle | Koeln, Germany | karres+brands with van Dongen-Koschuch architects
In the south of Luxembourg an industrial area, in earlier days used by the steel industry, was transformed into an attractive working and living environment. The project is near to the French border in the new city of Belval.
On the south slope of the site, with a view on the French hills there will be a residential area with 500 houses called Belval Nord. The town planning concept follows the landscape and the building blocks are carefully fitted in, here the landscape creates the urban design.
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Volume 3 includes WLA Magazine editions 09, 10, 11 and 12. These editions feature projects such as the Garden Bridge, Wimbledon Masterplan, Waterplien, OCT Bay, London Olympic Park, Mills River Park, Crown Sky Garden, Monks Garden, Stevenagetown Centre Gardens and many more. Each edition includes 19-20 projects from around the world from design firms such as Michael Van Valkenburgh, SWA, ASPECT Studios, HTA Design, DE URBANISTEN, 1:1 LANSKAB, Thomas Heatherwick, OKRA, Latz+Partners, HASSELL, OLIN, Gravity Green and many more.
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NBBJ’s landscape architects were involved from the project’s inception addressing site planning, landscape design and integration with architecture and interior design. In the midst of the design process, Tom and Iris Vail, life-long residents of Cleveland and long-standing friends of the Clinic expressed interest in providing funding for the development of a very special garden at the Cleveland Clinic’s new Heart Center. The Vails are recognized leaders in Cleveland’s civic affairs and share a keen interest in architecture and garden design and have been instrumental in the development of other landmark garden spaces on the Clinic’s campus over the last 25 years.
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