IGA Berlin 2017 design winners announced

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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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Laurie Olin to receive National Medal of Arts from President Obama

President Obama will award the 2012 National Medal of Arts to Laurie Olin and 11 other recipients next week in the East Room of the White House. Olin, 74, has been a professor at University of Pennsylvania and chair of the landscape architecture program at Harvard, he later returned to Penn were he is still Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture.

Laurie Olin established the landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm bearing his name with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. OLIN has won many awards for its numerous projects across the world from the 1980′s to most recently Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan which won the AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design and The Chicago Athenaeum International Architectural Award.

Laurie Olin is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) who this year won the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture granted jointly by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Laurie Olin will be awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts for “….his contributions as a preeminent landscape architect. Renowned for his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design, Mr. Olin has dedicated his energy to shaping many iconic spaces around the world and to educating new leaders in his art.”


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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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Sasaki Associates awarded APA National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Firm

“The Tomorrow Plan” Regional Sustainable Plan for Central Iowa - Ongoing, to be completed in early 2013

Sasaki Associates, Inc.; Watertown, Massachusetts has been awarded the 2012 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Firm by the  American Planning Association (APA).

Sasaki has received the 2012 American Planning Association’s National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Firm. Sasaki has been recognized for the enduring high quality of our project work and for our leadership in charting the future of planning, including a significant commitment to sustainable design practices.

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