INTERVIEW | David Rubin on “The Commonground”

Image Credit | ©Land Collective

Image Credit | ©Land Collective

Recently, Eskenazi Health opened The Commonground, an outdoor public plaza design led by LAND COLLECTIVE Principal David Rubin. The plaza is just over an acre large and located adjacent to a historic Olmsted Brothers’ landscape which is part of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. As part of the design guidelines which Rubin developed for the entirety of the Hospital Campus, a new Wellness Trail helps connect the new hospital to its community and the City’s cultural amenities and developing Cultural Trail. The new campus, including the plaza and facility expansion by HOK, is now on track to become the first LEED® Silver certified hospital campus in the country. World Landscape Architecture recently had the opportunity to interview David Rubin about “The Commonground”….

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Six teams win Rebuild by Design Competition


Hoboken Waterfront | ©OMA  | one of six winning proposals in the Rebuild By Design Competition

Rebuild by Design was a design competition to create innovative community- and policy-based solutions to protect U.S. cities that are most vulnerable to increasingly intense weather events and future uncertainties.  Back in April, 10 Finalists were unveiled and the teams developed their proposals in partnership with local stakeholder coalitions and feedback from participants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced recently that six design proposals have been selected as winners of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition.

The six teams with winning proposals are:

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WLA 10 Landscape Architecture Magazine Published


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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Metropolitan Museum of Art reveals Fifth Avenue plaza design by OLIN

OLIN's design for Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Avenue Plaza revealed

Fifth Avenue Steps looking South © OLIN

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has unveiled OLIN’s designs for the four-block-long outdoor plaza that runs in front of its landmark Fifth Avenue façade, from 80th to 84th Streets in Manhattan.

The plan also calls for the creation of new fountains—to replace the deteriorating ones that have been in use since they were built in the 1970s along with the existing plaza. The fountains will be positioned closer to the Museum’s front steps, improving access to its street-level public entrances at 81st and 83rd Streets. The renovated plaza will also feature tree-shaded allées (in place of the current trees that have limited lifespans and low environmental benefits due to their planting conditions), permanent and temporary seating areas, and entirely new, energy-efficient and diffused nighttime lighting. Seasonal planting will be added along the building to provide color and visual interest throughout the year. All of these new features respect and complement the architectural highlights of the landmark façade and the monumental, recently refurbished central stairs. OLIN, the landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm, has been retained by the Museum as the lead design consultant for the project.
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Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan receives 2012 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects

Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan-OLIN

© Kieran Timblerlake / Brooklyn Digital Foundry

The Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan has received a 2012 Honor Award in the category of Regional and Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects. OLIN worked in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team including Cooper Robertson & Partners, KieranTimberlake, HR&A Advisors and over thirty stakeholder groups to create the master plan for the riverfront in downtown Philadelphia.
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Keppie Design & OLIN win Aberdeen City Garden Competition

Granite Web | Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Aberdeen City Garden Trust is delighted to announce that the team led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro has won the design competition to transform the centre of  Aberdeen.

Internationally-renowned Diller Scofidio + Renfro, who collaborated with local  Scottish architects, Keppie Design and landscape architects OLIN, was chosen as the winner after the competition was extended to include a run-off between the DS+R-led team and the Foster + Partners-led team. The successful proposal, popularly known as the Granite Web, celebrates the three-dimensional aspects of Aberdeen, reinterpreting the topography of the
Denburn Valley and the dramatic cascade of the existing Union Terrace Gardens while creating graceful new spaces and structures that contribute to a memorable and thrilling contemporary design.

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WLA #03 Landscape Architecture Magazine

We have just uploaded the latest  #03 edition of WLA Quarterly Landscape Architecture Magazine which includes urban design projects from BIG and STOSS LU and also includes small scale projects that are beautifully crafted. The projects are set in Spain, Sweden, Canada, USA, Australia, Taiwan, and Denmark. We also a student project from Ball State University BLA program by Dane Carlson. WLA #03 is 72 pages of some of the best projects from around the world and none of the projects appears on the World Landscape Architecture website.

Help us continue into 2012 by purchasing a Digital ($3.99USD) or Print copy($17.00USD) via our friends at HP Magcloud. A 12 page sample is also available for download.

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