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.
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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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”
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 27 July 2014
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