West Point Foundry Preserve Park Opens to the Public


Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects announces the opening of its West Point Foundry Preserve project in the Village of Cold Spring, New York. Located on a dramatic 87-acre, forested site along the Hudson River, the $3.6M sustainable park interprets the locale’s historic ruins while respecting and revealing its industrial and ecological history. Scenic Hudson, the largest environmental group focused on protecting and restoring the Hudson Valley, owns the preserve and commissioned Mathews Nielsen for the project, which was supported in part by a Preserve America grant.

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Levinson Plaza | Boston USA | mikyoung kim design

Envisioned as an urban grove, this central gathering space represents the convergence of community in this diverse, mixed income, residential development. The design accommodates a complex program, layering the varied multi-cultural and intergenerational uses with a number of meaningful gathering and recreational spaces for the residents. Tai Chi, chess, children’s play areas, and contemplative seating areas allow for various groups to utilize the garden spaces in different ways.  Lawn areas can be used for sunbathing in the summer and also provide the community with areas for flexible programming during larger gatherings, such as celebrations for the Chinese New Year, Russian Unity Day, and other cultural and civic events.
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IGA Berlin 2017 design winners announced


The landscape architectural design competition for the IGA Berlin 2017 has been won by geskes.hack Landschaftsarchitekten and VIC Brücken und Ingenieurbau designing one of the largest open space projects in Berlin.  The landscape design is for a unique new park landscape is to be built over an area of  more than 100 hectares. Beginning with the Gardens of the World, the park landscape will reach out to Kienberg hill and parts of the expansive Wuhletal valley.  The purpose of this competition, which IGA Berlin 2017 GmbH staged on behalf of the federal state of Berlin, was to find ideas that could translate the framework concept of IGA into an attractive spatial setting.

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This Week In Landscape | 29 September 2013

A weekly update of some of what happened in Landscape Architecture this week….

On Governors Island, 30 Acres of Open Space Are Becoming a True Park | Lisa W. Foderaro | NY Times
That is now changing, as teams of workers and gardeners lay the stone plazas that next summer will be sprinkled with bistro chairs, and plant 60 species of trees — 1,500 in all. They are also installing 50 red hammocks and creating a maze of hedges and formal gardens planted with perennials like aster daisies. The 30 acres, called Governors Island Park, will offer far more space for recreation and relaxation.

James van Sweden, Father of the New American Garden, Dies | J. Green | The Dirt
One of America’s most influential landscape architects, James van Sweden, FASLA, co-founder of Oehme van Sweden, died last week at age 78 from complications from Parkinson’s disease.

The White House Honors Design Award Winners | Stuart Emmrich | NY Times
Among this year’s winners were the architect Michael Sorkin, the fashion designer Behnaz Sarafpour, the landscape architect Margie Ruddick, the design firm Studio Gang Architects, and Janette Sadik-Khan, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation.
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EVENT | Fresh Kills Park Sneak Peak 2013 | Sunday 29 September


Celebrate the future of NYC parks at Freshkills Park’s 4th  annual Sneak Peak. The former landfill on Staten Island’s western shore is being transformed into the City’s largest park but is not yet open to the public. Don’t miss this special opportunity to get a first look! This year’s event offers more than three miles of walking and biking paths.  Free activities include kayaking, free bike share, numerous public artworks and performances, balloon aerial photography, science talks, food trucks, climbing walls,  and pony rides for the kids. There will be continuous shuttle bus service to and from the St. George Ferry Terminal.
The event is FREE and open to the public.

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IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr Teatown Trails

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 and has masterminded its transformation from contaminated industrial land into a 21st century park. The practice has also led the design of its post- Games transformation into a permanent public park. Forming the centre piece of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2.5km2 Olympic Park is the largest new urban park in the capital since the Victorian era and is a catalyst for regeneration in East London.

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VIDEO | Surroundings

Surroundings is a new video series that tells the stories behind some of Metro Vancouver’s well-known public places from the perspectives of the landscape architects who designed them.

The first episode (televised on Shaw TV) features Don Vaughan and focuses on bringing meaning to place through the use of public art. This episode looks at three separate sites: Metrotown Civic Plaza, Granite Assemblage at Ambleside, and High Tide Pavilion/Low Tide Sculpture at David Lam Park.

This video series is non-profit video and was made with zero funding and simply put together by Saba Farmand and Paul Albi who have a love for landscape architecture, the region they live in, and film making.and wanted to promote the profession of landscape architecture.

A great initiative by two people with a love for landscape architecture – you can find our more about the series on the Surroundings Facebook page and watch the 3 upcoming episodes on Shaw TV or the Youtube.

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