Colegio Panama | Juan Diaz Panamá | BeOnLand Landscape Architecture with JBJC

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The proposed landscape design is translated into a symbolic representation of meanders in wetlands. The inspiration for the concept stems from the natural characteristics of place and respect for it.

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2014 Landscape Architecture School Rankings

Penn State Arboretum (Flickr User:Cuizoo)

Its that time of year when Design Intelligence releases their annual rankings for the best design schools in North America. The rankings rate the design schools through surveying practitioners on which school they think is the best based on their hirings over the past 5 year. This year there has been a change in the top ranked Undergraduate coursea with Penn State overtaking LSU for 1st position; Harvard continues to dominate the Graduate courses ranking by maintaining their No.1 ranking. LSU has maintained its 3rd on the graduate course rankings with KSU rising to 2nd ranking from its 11th ranking in 2013.

The schools are also  ranked based on region (Midwest, East, West and South), communication, design, computer applications, research & theory, teamwork and sustainable design practices. The rankings not only review how employers rank each course, but there is also Deans rankings, student rankings and also a summary for each design school in the guide.

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Yi Zhong De Sheng Secondary School | Foshan China | Gravity Green

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For the past 2 millenniums, China had been a civilization of aristocratic social structure, with education being influenced by such a philosophy that knowledge was being passed on to younger generations almost in one-way setting. In the era of economic boom and globalization, however, there has been a dramatic education revolution, in which students start to venture into the vast universe of knowledge, seek wisdom, and develop critical thinking. The campus design of this secondary school in southern China was greatly inspired by this movement, in which students are encouraged to interact with the landscape, and hence empowered to seek knowledge proactively.

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2013 USA Landscape Architecture School rankings announced

2013 USA Landscape Architecture School rankings announced
Harvard GSD | Gund Hall | Image Credit Flickr User
Peter Alfred Hess

UPDATE |  2014 Design Intelligence rankings are now available

Design Intelligence has announced the 2013 America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools including the top landscape architecture schools in the USA. This is the third year we are sharing the list with our readers. The ranking is determined by surveying respondents selected from lists of undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board.

LSU and Harvard have maintained their top ranking for Undergraduate and Graduate programs, whilst Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has risen to second spot for both its Undergraduate and Graduate programs.

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Work commences on carbon-zero community park and school: Grontmij

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Grontmij announced that work has commenced on the Crouch Hill Park and Ashmount Primary School development, in the London Borough of Islington.

The Crouch Hill development is a highly sensitive scheme and comprises Metropolitan Open Land, a Site of Metropolitan Significance for Nature Conservation and a local park. The site is adjacent to the Parkland Walk, a disused railway and a popular North London walking route between Finsbury Park and Highgate.

A new central green space will give the public access to out-of-hours community activities in the school including, a shared games court. New paths will link local housing and the Parkland Walk to attract visitors and improve safety. The whole site will become more permeable and accessible, with easy-access routes for wheelchairs, young children and parents with pushchairs. Paths through existing trees are designed as raised boardwalks, to ‘tread lightly’ through the site and a sensitive lighting strategy will improve community safety in key areas, while respecting bat foraging corridors.

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