Designs for University of Toronto – St. George Campus unveiled


Janet Rosenberg & Studio + architectsAlliance + ERA Architects

The designs for University of Toronto – St. George Campus have been unveiled as part of the “A Landscape of Landmark Quality”, an eight-week Innovative Design and Ideas Competition for the revitalization of the major public spaces of the historic St. George Campus. Four teams entries have been published online for public comment. The four teams are lead by

  • KPMB Architects + Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates + Urban Strategies
  • DTAH + Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Janet Rosenberg & Studio + architectsAlliance + ERA Architects

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the St. George Campus is a historic academic and public environment that is enjoyed by thousands of students, faculty, visitors and residents each day. The project is focused on four distinct and interrelated open spaces: Front Campus (including King’s College Circle), Hart House Circle, the Sir Daniel Wilson Quadrangle, and the Back Campus (including Tower Road). Currently there is an online survey seeking feedback on the teams designs which will close on October 21. Over the coming months, the winning team will develop a master plan and design, to be constructed in phases as funding becomes available.

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VIDEO | The Built Environment: A Conversation with M. Van Valkenburgh, P. Walker, and A. Berrizbeitia

Back in September 2014, the Harvard GSD held the Grounded Visionaries Design Weekend as part of the campaign launch for Grounded Visionaries (set to launch a new websit in early 2015). During the Design Weekend various lectures and conversations were held including The Built Environment: A Conversation with M. Van Valkenburgh, P. Walker, and A. Berrizbeitia.

Peter Walker starts the conversation by giving a brief overview of his involvement in the Harvard GSD Landscape Architecture program and an overview of some of his recent projects (9/11 Memorial, Headland Park, Constitution Gardens) pleading with the audience to “not forget practice, practice is the way you find out whether the ideas you have work.”. Michael Van Valkenburgh follows on from Peter Walker with 3 projects from his practice that are relevant to the contemporary condition. The thematic of Van Valkenburgh’s presentation is “Infrastructure” with a topical comparison between traditional and green infrastructure. Michael also gives us a brief look into G.W. Bush Presidential Center, Lower Don Lands, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Anita Berrizbeitia then poses the questions to Peter and Michael about what drives the work. The answers provide knowledge that is relevant to students and practitioners of landscape architecture.

The conversation is just over 35 minutes, but provides information and knowledge garnered from years of practice from two of the best practitioners of the current era of landscape architecture.

The full series of Grounded Visionaries videos from the Design Weekend are availiable on Youtube.

Connect Kendall Square Competition Finalists announced


The City of Cambridge received the eight Stage II Submittals in early October and has announced that four teams have been shortlisted to enter Stage III

These Teams demonstrated professional qualifications and capacity necessary for superb performance of the required services. They presented experience and organization that was directly related to and in support of their clear and distinct approaches to the development of the Framework.
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This Week in Landscape | 27 July 2014

Weekly round-up of landscape news and interesting articles.

At 93, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is still one of Canada’s most beloved landscape architects | Sarah Hampson | Globe & Mail
“Over her decades-long career, Hahn Oberlander has overseen some of the most important postwar landscaping projects in North America, including Robson Square in her hometown of Vancouver.”

[Landscape] Architect brings fresh spin to Maggie Daley Park | Chicago Tribune
“Strolling through Maggie Daley Park, stubble on his face and a yellow hard hat covering his graying red hair, Michael Van Valkenburgh paused before the contours of an undulating ice skating loop that will weave through a stand of evergreens.”

Treating Trees as Actual Infrastructure | Leda Marritz | Sustainable Cities Collective
“I asked three people with tons of experience in trees and in urban forestry – who are also frequent contributors to this blog – to pick just five things that would be necessary if we actually treated urban trees and soils (green infrastructure) as seriously as we do pipes, sewers, roads, and more”

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WLA Magazine Volume 1 | WLA Editions 01-04


We often get asked for discounted back copies of WLA magazine editions and we have decided to start issuing WLA in 4 edition volume sets. The first volume includes WLA #01 through #04 (01,02,03 & 04) with over 270 pages of projects from around the world. Projects published in Volume 1 include the 9/11 Memorials, Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition entries from STOSS, Turenscape, TLS/KVA and Ken Smith Workshop, Woodland Discovery Playground, Chenshan Botanic Gardens, The Australian Garden, Darling Quarter, Stockholmsporten, Stone River, King Street Revitalisation, Path Through the Forest, Central Delaware Riverfront Masterplan and many more. Firms featured in Volume 1 include Gustafson Porter, BIG, AECOM, BDP, HASSELL, PWP, James Corner Field Operations, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, ACT, OLIN, Piet Oldouf, ASPECT Studios, Sasaki, Claude Cormier and many more.

Over 25 projects published over 273 pages in one high resolution pdf volume for $USD12.99 (20% discount) available via Credit Card or Paypal.




Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Viewing Platform | New York USA | BIG


The Pier 6 viewing platform is a triangular structure at the northwest corner of Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Sloping upwards 17.5 feet (5.3m) in height from the foot of the large gathering lawn, the platform provides magnificent views of the surrounding harbor, the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, and the Brooklyn Bridge. In conjunction with the adjacent greenery, Pier 6 will be dominated by a flower field and treed areas giving the area seasonal displays of color.


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This Week in Landscape | 9 February 2014

The weekly roundup of landscape news and links from around the world

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MoMA’s Proposal for Sculpture Garden Pleases and Riles | Robin Pogrebin | New York Times
“It’s a ludicrous idea,” said the landscape architect Michael R. Van Valkenburgh. “They fail to understand what’s brilliant about the garden and what makes it great — this cloistered isolation.”

First round of funding approved for celebration of Capability Brown’s 300th birthday | Landscape Institute
“An influential group of organisations, landowners and individuals is one step closer to marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown with a nationwide festival celebrating his life and influence in 2016.”

With Four New Landscapes, SITES Certifies 30th Project | The Dirt
“The newly certified projects applied the 2009 SITES Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks and met the requirements for pilot certification. There are now 30 landscape projects at universities, businesses and public spaces that have achieved this recognition.”

‘Understand the past to build the future’ | Shrabonti Bagchi | Times of India
“A key feature of good landscape architecture is the respect for the spirit and the history of the place, the ‘genius loci’.”

Planning Love | Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh
V-Day cards for planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, transportation engineers, and those who love them.

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