The weekly roundup of landscape news and links from around the world
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.
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 9 February 2014
The International Garden Festival has recently announced the designers selected by the jury for the 15th edition of the Festival. The competition attracted 293 proposals for contemporary gardens submitted from 35 countries. The world renown festival has gardens previously designed by Ken Smith, ATLAS & Forbes Lipschitz, NIPpaysage, Snøhetta, Legge-Lewis-Legge, Michael Van Valkenburgh and many others. This year the new gardens include:
- Afterburn by Montréal-bred and Brooklyn-based architects Ksenia Kagner and Nicko Elliott of Civilian Projects
- Cone Garden by architect and landscape architect Seungjong Yoo, media artist Byoungjoon Kwon, botanist Hyeryoung Cho and landscape designers Yongchul Cho, Iltae Jeong, Jinhwan Kim and Soojung Yoon [LIVESCAPE], Seoul, South Korea
- Line Garden by Canadian artist/designers Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik based in Basel, Switzerland
- Méristème by Montréal collective Châssi, formed by designers Caroline Magar, Marie-Josée Gagnon and François Leblanc
- Orange Secret by landscape architect and urban designer William E. Roberts and agricultural engineer and landscape architect Laura Santin from Nomad Studio, based in New York, USA
- Rotunda by architects Aurora Armental Ruiz and Stefano Ciurlo Walker from CITYLABORATORY, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Continue reading Designers announced for 15th International Garden Festival
Monks Garden Redesigned by Michael Van Valkenburgh
Michael Van Valkenburgh’s work combines an artist’s perspective and a love of plants in the making of a garden. His firm, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has been significantly recognized in recent years for work on larger urban parks, campus work and landscape urbanism projects.
London 2012 Olympic Park | London UK | LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates
The London 2012 Olympic Park is one of the most significant new pieces of urban realm to have been created in living memory. LDA Design in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates has led the design of the Parklands and Public Realm for the entire 102 hectare site
Burnley Living Roofs | Melbourne Australia | HASSELL
The Burnley Living Roofs, recently opened at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus, is a world-class research and teaching facility – the first of its kind in Australia. The University has established the facility to demonstrate to the wider community how green transformations can be achieved in our cities, aspiring to lead through example.
WLA 10 is the latest edition of WLA bi-monthly landscape architecture magazine with projects from Russia, Australia, USA, Montenegro, Germany, Vietnam, South Africa showcasing a wide range of projects. The scale and depth of the designs published in this 10 edition gives a great insight into the landscape architecture profession for professionals, students and the public. Projects vary from the conceptual to the built, from the natural to the highly constructed landscape.
WLA 10 includes 20 different projects from various firms including Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, LDA Design, HASSELL, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, OLIN, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, mikyoung kim design, Gravity Green, EDSA, Groundswell Design and many others.
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The weekly roundup of news and interesting landscape links
The Urban Landscaper | William S. Saunders | Harvard Magazine
Michael Van Valkenburgh Profile
Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture | Eric Jaffe | Fast Co. Design
Recently neuroscientists have shown that this affection for curves isn’t just a matter of personal taste; it’s hard-wired into the brain.
Urban planning often a vehicle for obstruction | Robert Nelson | The Age
Planning Australian cities is good in theory, but there’s a catch. No one will agree with the plan. They’ll hate it and will even deny that it’s a plan at all. It’s a farce, a charade, a strategy full of holes and inconsistencies. It isn’t a ”real” plan.
National Park Service Reopens All National Parks | NPS
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced that as a result of the passage of a continuing resolution providing federal appropriations, the National Park Service have resumed operations effective October 17.
Martin Barry on Radio Prague podcast
A profile of New York-based landscape architect Martin Barry who last year launched a new festival and conference in Prague called reSITE, focussing on urbanism and rethinking the public space.
How research ecologists can benefit urban design projects | Eurekaa alert
Ecologists conducting field research usually study areas that they hope won’t be disturbed for a while. But in an article published in the November issue of BioScience, “Mapping the Design Process for Urban Ecology Researchers,” Alexander Felson of Yale University and his colleagues describe how ecologists can perform hypothesis-driven research from the start of design through the construction and monitoring phases of major urban projects.
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