PS 234 Independence School Play Yard | New York, USA | Kan Landscape Design


In the fall of 2014, KaN Landscape designed a new schoolyard for PS 234, located in historic TriBeCa in lower Manhattan. The school, which accommodates children from kindergarten through 5th grade, was in need of a new play yard with a diversity of sports opportunities and play experiences for all ages.

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STUDENT PROJECT | The Petite Camargue, a new vision for industrial landscapes

The industrial salt production at Aigues-Mortes

“The Petite Camargue is a landscape whose characteristics have been moulded by human settlement and activities over time: it’s an essential economic and environment interdependence. One of these activities, the salt production, has been present for centuries on the vast lagoons of Aigues-Mortes, and it has shaped the landscape. Salt marshes are wasteland from the mining process, that shapes and manufacturers landscape forms and different micro-climates. Indeed, through human activity, water and salt and the major ecological landscape elements.

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Call for Celebration Creative for AILA’s 50th Anniversary

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals, practices, schools of landscape architecture, or collaborative teams to take on the role of Celebration Creative to curate the year of activities for AILA’s 50th anniversary in 2016. The role of Celebration Creative is to curate the year of activities, adding an overall thematic continuity to the anniversary.
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2015 American Landscape Architecture School Rankings

Every year, the American University Architecture School Rankings are released. This year has seen a shift in the rankings for Undergraduate and Graduate programs. With LSU taking top spot in Undergraduate from Pennsylvania State and Cornell rising to third swapping places with Purdue (dropping from 3rd to 7th). In the graduate program rankings sees the University of Pennyslyvania rising up the rankings from 4th to 2nd and Cornell also rising from 5th to 3rd, however Kansas State University has dropped down the rankings to 8th from 2nd.

The rankings by hiring firms also look at the various skills of recent graduates including Communication, Design, Research, Computer, Cross Disciplinary and Sustainable design. Harvard, University of Pennyslyvania and LSU constantly rank in the top 3 for all six skill rankings. For more information purchase your copy (pdf & print) of American University Architecture School Rankings from Design Intelligence.

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This Week in Landscape | 10 August 2014

Postindustrial Landscapes from Kelly Flanagan on Vimeo.
“This is a short clip of a longer documentary on the Architectural Association Visiting School’s workshop at the Academy of Art University’s School of Architecture exploring Postindustrial Landscapes. During this 10 day intensive workshop, students and instructors designed a flying object with remote censoring to experience an elevated space at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.”

The Need to Develop Flora and Fauna Biometric Tools for Urban Planning | Dr. Mark Hostetler | The Nature of Cites
“…we have a plethora of empirical data that suggests how various urban designs would impact various species. However, these studies have not affected actual planning decisions in most cities (there are exceptions of course).”

Can the Architectural Competition Be Revived? | Angela Fedele | Sourceable
“The panelists noted architectural competitions could evolve into a tender process – one that would make governments happy but could limit the opportunity for the industry in general and emerging professionals and firms in particular.”

SITES Program Certifies Sustainable Landscape Projects from Seattle to Atlanta | SITES
“The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program has certified four new landscapes, including a pocket park in Washington state, a mixed-use development in northern California, a historic Civil-War era preserve in New York, and the headquarters of an architecture firm in Georgia.”

Pedestrian etiquette, gormless phone users, and the rise of the ‘meanderthal’ | Tim Waterman | The Conversation
Simple street etiquette could improve safety and comfort for all, and save millions in signage, policing, separation of traffic, and various other complex and expensive means of regulating public space.

Rules don’t define quality architecture | David Killick | Stuff
“Perhaps a key step to creating a more attractive neighbourhood is to identify the main elements: aesthetics, heritage and context, efficient use of space, good connections, consideration of the natural environment, and energy use, to name just a few.”

Will Toronto’s ambitious push to grow its urban canopy pay off? | Kat Sieniuc | Globe & Mail
“If you take down a tree in Toronto, you’ll be required to plant new trees to replenish the urban forest. But how many saplings does it take to fill the place of a mature tree?”

LSU Professors receive grant to implement alternative Land Management Strategies

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Professor Elizabeth Mossop and Associate Professor Wes Michaels of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture have received a $242,399 grant from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) to research and implement ecologically and economically sustainable landscape designs on vacant land in New Orleans.

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


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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