ecological histories | Thessaloniki Greece

The site of Eptapirgio has a special identity and atmosphere, abundant natural beauty and astonishing views. The site itself forms the inspiration for the project, its genius loci is wished to be maintained. Monument, landscape and memory are strongly attached to this place. The intervention has a strong ecological –bioclimatic aspect and uses few elements to organize the place. The concept derives from the defensive character of the walls. It is seen as a new layer of filtering from the urban tissue to the interior enclosed historical landscape that is the protagonist.
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Six Finalists selected for Zaryadye Park Design Competition

Last week we told you that 87 of the 90 submissions were eligible for entry into Zaryadye Park Design Competition. Yesterday, the jury held an eight-hour long meeting the Jury and selected six teams out of 90 applications. The main criteria was composition of a consortium, consisting of representatives of various specialties, and consortium portfolio. On 27 September 2013 the six participants will provide landscape and architectural concepts for Zaryadye park. After the technical expertise these projects will be presented to the Jury early November 2013. And later on the Winner will be involved in implementation of the project.

The six finalists include teams lead by:

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA)

MVRDV (the Netherlands)

Turenscape (China)


West 8 (the Netherlands)

Gustafson Porter (UK)

IMAGE CREDIT |  Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна “Стрелка” / Сергей Леонтьев
© Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev

BOOK REVIEW | Compendium for the Civic Economy

Compendium for the Civic Economy is 25 case studies that show that small and big ideas can change the community and spread wider than we imagine. The book presents each case studies in 6 pages with summary, story, impact, key lessons and conclusion. This format allows the reader to quickly grasp the details and basic understanding of the idea, process and outcome.
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Landscape architects to work on masterplan for Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Grant Associates has been appointed by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney to help develop a new sustainable masterplan for the historic Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and adjacent public Domain.
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WLA | Calls for Submissions

WLA Landscape Architecture Magazine is about to undergo a reformat and relaunch for edition 09. WLA will include selected projects that have been published on World Landscape Architecture with added images, information and background to each project. WLA will also include more reviews and interviews for readers. WLA 09 will have an improved format that will be easier to read and navigate.

We are looking for great conceptual and built projects from design studios, firms, freelancers, students from across the world. Submissions would preferably be designed or completed in the last 12 months. Its easy to submit a project and we look forward to seeing some interesting and diverse work.

How to submit your project?

1. Select your 5 to 10  best images  with a minimum 800 pixels wide at 75 dpi in jpg format.

2. Write 500-750 words about the project.

3.  List the project name, location, design firm, year and credits for the images and text.

4. Include a note stating that you or the company  “own the copyright to the project, images and text and give World Landscape Architecture the right to publish the work digitally and/or in hard copy format.”

5. Email the files and text to with the subject “WLA09
Please send any files larger that 10mb via or

DEADLINE | June 30th 11:59PM Honolulu Time

Grant Associates and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to create one of London’s most ‘liveable neighbourhood’

Westminster City Council has commissioned Grant Associates, UK landscape architects, and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, urban designers and architects, as part of a multidisciplinary team to devise a twenty-year infrastructure and public realm plan for Church Street, London, to support the council’s housing renewal strategy. Residents have just voted in favour of proceeding with the first phase of regeneration plans for Church Street in a ward-wide referendum.
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Re-Cultivating the Forest City | Cleveland USA | PORT

At its economic and political height during the mid-20th century, Cleveland, Ohio had a population of nearly 1 million people and was building and investing in infrastructure and civic projects for projected growth that would double this population before the turn of the century. Instead, the industrial economy quickly evaporated and the population declined by more than half its 1950s high (approx. 396,000 in 2010), leaving a vast swath of post-industrial land at the city’s geographic center.
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