Revitalisation of the historical centre of Tønsberg, Norway


The city of Tønsberg is situated on the south coast of Norway and has a long history of habitation, religion and fisheries. The prosess of revitalising the historical centre was inspired by nature and culture – the old and the new. When using the piazza the experience should be that of a comprehensive scale, reflecting the history and at the same time, give a contemporary feeling.
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Hringvigur | A Time-Lapse Circumnavigation of Iceland

Evan Mather, landscape architect at AHBE Landscape Architects and award-winning filmmaker is looking for funding for his second feature film project – Hringvigur. You may remember Mather’s first feature file – From Sea To Shining Sea, a journey across the USA from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He is currently making preparations for Hringvigur, a time-lapse video and audio collage of this circumnavigation around Iceland. Mather sees the film as “using video to immerse the viewer in a landscape to achieve an experiential quality. The use of time-lapse video compresses the journey into both a manageable length and allows the viewer to observe the dynamics of shifting landscapes.”

April is World Landscape Architecture Month (not related to WLA website), and to celebrate Evan Mather has launched his Kickstarter campaign to fund Hringvigur. Please help out a fellow landscape architect by contributing to make his second film become a reality.

Video Credit | “Hringvigur” – Kickstarter Pitch Video from Evan Mather on Vimeo.

HASSELL Travelling Scholarship awarded to Christie Stewart

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Christie Stewart with parents in Canola field

HASSELL has announced Christie Stewart from the University of Western Australia as the winner of the 2015 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award.

Christie was selected following interviews with 18 students, nominated by the seven participating universities around Australia. Her research project, Ameliorating Agriculture: Cultivating Biodiversity, explored the integration of environmental and ecological systems design with emerging precision agriculture technology as an innovative approach to the sustainability challenges facing broadacre farmers in Western Australia’s wheatbelt.
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Piazza Verde | Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo Italy | Studio Fink

The Piazza Vecchia (Old Square) in Bergamo Italy is a Renaissance square, that Le Corbusier called “ the most beautiful square in Europe”. As key part of a major international landscape symposium Arketipos held in Bergamo throughout September 2014 this historical square was temporarily transformed into a contemporary landscape exploring the theme of Well being and healing.


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Singapore URA launches RFP for Rail Corridor

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) recently launced a Request for Proposals for the Rail Corridor in Singapore. The URA is inviting architects and landscape architects to assemble a multi-disciplinary Design Team and provide consultancy services to develop a Concept Master Plan and Concept Proposals for the Rail Corridor Project in Singapore.

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Flow | Austin USA | Design Workshop

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Waller Creek runs through central Austin from Waterloo Park at 15th street, bisecting the UT campus and along the eastern edge of downtown terminating at Lady Bird Lake. In April of 2011, the City of Austin began the construction of a flood control tunnel along the 1.5 mile stretch of Waller Creek. Upon completion, the tunnel will remove 28 acres from the floodplain, protect the creek from erosion, and help clean the water. Visionary leaders saw the opportunity to catalyze on this investment and transform the 1.5 mile section of the creek into a chain of parks and connected trails. The organization leading the charge, the Waller Creek Conservancy, aims to involve the community in the revitalization of the Waller Creek urban area, which will be under construction for the next decade or more.

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VIDEO | Preserving Nature in the Urban Environment – Robin Grossinger

Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute(SFEI) at The Cultural Landscape Foundation event – Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide III Conference held on January 23, 2015. Grossinger gives the perspective of a Senior Scientist and the approach taken by SFEI to learning from natural systems and also developed landscapes in addressing the Culture-Nature Divide.

TCLF will be holding their next conference – Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape on May 21-24 in Toronto, Canada. The conference will tackle numerous issues including those that deal with the city’s identity.

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