World Landscape Architecture - landscape architecture webzine » playgrounds Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:55:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This Week In Landscape | 18 August 2013 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 06:34:08 +0000 ]]> A weekly summary of links from around the world to keep you informed about the latest news in landscape architecture

How urban scars are being remade into vibrant, vital playgrounds | Alex Bozikovic | Globe & Mail
“One of the mistakes of the late 20th century was to think of parks as an escape from the city,” says Michael Van Valkenburgh, the landscape architect whose office is designing Corktown Common. “I think it’s very different to think of a park as an essential piece of the city, as opposed to ‘not urban.’”

Q&A: Kim Mathews and Signe Nielsen | Susan S. Szenasy| Metropolis Magazine
“Here the principals of the New York firm, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Kim Mathews, RLA, ASLA and Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, talk about the evolution of their profession, their commitment to teaching, writing, lecturing, their research-informed work, as well as the new appreciation of design in the public realm.”

He beautifies an already beautiful San Diego | Nina Garin | UT San Diego
“Landscape architect Glen Schmidt is responsible for some of the county’s best outdoor spaces”

Can you see the landscape architecture for the trees? | Christopher Vollan | Rize
Landscape architecture, at its best, is much more than the arrangement of greenery, furniture and lawn. Like building architecture, it requires deep knowledge of site history and characteristics balanced with future intentions. As a reflection of our high aspirations in this regard, @MtPleasant2016 is proud to have engaged PWL Landscape architects…”

ASLA survey shows uneven economic picture for Landscape Architecture firms | ASLA
Landscape architecture firms are experiencing sluggish but steady growth as they emerge from the recession, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ second quarter 2013 Business Quarterly survey.

LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Welcomes Two New Faculty Members this Fall | LSU
“This fall 2013, the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture welcomes two new assistant professors: Forbes Lipschitz and Richard Hindle.”

Plantas hasta por los techos | Nancy Balza | El Litoral
¿Se puede compensar en la altura el verde que se le quita a la ciudad con el avance de la urbanización? Las terrazas ecológicas, contempladas como tema de debate en la normativa local, tienen aquí un desarrollo incipiente, pero es mucho más importante en otras ciudades del país y el mundo.

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Into the Wild | Leiden The Netherlands | dmau and Openfabric Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:08:28 +0000 ]]>
Into the Wild is a playground design by dmau and Openfabric which recently won the Dutch sustainable playground design competition organised by the Richard Krajicek Foundation and Architectuur Lokaal. The design is located in a modernist post-war neighbourhood in Leiden. The competition asked for ideas of how to incorporate sustainable thinking into the design of sports playgrounds.

In response to this the design concept juxtaposes a man-made exterior with a wild natural interior. Each place creates an environment for a different type of play, the formal exterior is a place for sports and structured games; tennis, basketball, 5-a-side football, 60m sprint and the long jump. While in the wild interior children are encouraged and free to construct and destruct their own play spaces amongst the trees using natural materials such as fast growing willow. A small pavilion sits in-between the two worlds and will act as a storage space for sports and building materials. A neighbourhood sports leader will supervise the pavilion and materials.

A boundary “ribbon” separates the two worlds, the “ribbon” becomes a play landscape incorporating traditional playground elements into its undulating and curvilinear form. This form references traditional romantic landscape park and garden design in The Netherlands, it protects the internal wilderness and creates a number of unique playscapes that link the different worlds; a climbing canyon, a hill with tunnels and slides, a pond with a beach, a curved seating stand facing the main sports area. This is the place where children learn through play to navigate between the different worlds. A balanced relationship between the man made and natural worlds is the essence of sustainability and forming an understanding of this dialogue through participatory play and creative interaction is an essential childhood experience currently missing in many urban areas.

Design development diagrams(above):

1. We consolidate the green to create an interior island of wilderness planted with mature trees and pioneer species the space is left to grow and develop naturally.
2. The exterior is a uniform playing surface for more formal games and sports. The materialisation of the surface will enhance the contrast between the exterior and interior.
3. The shape of the green island is adjusted to accommodate different sports and create spatial variety in the interior.
4. The boundary “ribbon” is transformed to incorporate traditional playground elements; swings, slides, tunnels, climbing walls, water and ramps, these offer different ways to navigate between the two worlds.

Into the Wild | Leiden The Netherlands | dmau and Openfabric

Landscape Architects | dmau + Openfabric
Project team: Daryl Mulvihill, Francesco Garofalo, Barbara Costantino
Client| Richard Krajicek Foundation

Area: 4,650 m2
Budget: 450,000EUR
Design year 2012 – ongoing

IMAGE & TEXT CREDIT | dmau and Openfabric

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Playgrounds, Pools to Go Smoke Free in New York State Parks Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:30:11 +0000 ]]> The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced on Monday that it will create smoke-free areas in outdoor settings within state parks and historic sites where large numbers of people congregate, including around playgrounds and pools.

Under the new policy, smoke-free areas will be created around all playgrounds and swimming pools, as well as other zones specifically designated as no-smoking areas. These may include specific swimming beaches or areas of swimming beaches; pavilions and picnic shelters; outdoor seating areas that are nearby food and beverage concessions; areas where outdoor environmental education programs are held; or public gardens.

SOURCE: New York State Parks

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