World Landscape Architecture welcomes Stantec as a new partner

We are very proud to announce that Stantec has become a new partner of World Landscape Architecture. Our partners assist us to continue publishing great landscape architecture projects and news from across the world.

Stantec is an international professional design and consulting services company with over 15,000 staff in more than 250 locations. With over 170 landscape architects, Stantec creates inspired landscapes that reflect context and user needs. Through analysis, planning, and design, they create sustainable environments that are functional, innovative, and attractive. Whether it’s enhancing a college campus,adapting a rooftop as a healing space, restoring an iconic urban park, designing a signature streetscape, or creating a new active sports complex, their landscape architects make valuable contributions to the quality of life in our communities.

We welcome Stantec as a partner and thank them for their support. Find out more about how you can become a World Landscape Architecture Partner.

This Week In Landscape | 17 March 2013

Landscape Links for the week 10-17 March 2013

Charles Birnbaum on the future of landscape architecture | Charles Birnbaum | Dwell
Landscape architecture, however, has fared worse. In fact, fewer than 2,500 of the 80,000-plus National Register sites boast any significant landscape design.

Adapting to climate change on the Mississippi | Washington University in St.Louis
In the political realm, climate change remains a point of debate. But for architects, engineers, urban designers and others charged with managing its effects—the storms and floods followed, whiplash style, by drought and water scarcity—the evidence is in.

The City in 2050: Bridging the Gaps and Bringing into Focus the Future of Cities | Carla Guerrera | Stantec Is
The next four decades are full of opportunity for growth but require adaptability, and resiliency.

Los Angeles 2013 | LA Times
On April 3, 1988, the Los Angeles Times Magazine published a 25-year look ahead to 2013.

A New Movement for The New City: Reallocating Space Away from the Car | Bruce McVean | This Big City
If the private car’s time is up, the age of the bicycle is just beginning. Bikes, the ultimate form of private urban transport, are space efficient, genuinely zero emissions, healthy, sociable, affordable and fun.

Citizens are key to shaping the city | Marian Scott | The Gazette
Citizens need to do whatever it takes to make their voices heard, Lambert said. “Take to the streets with placards and petitions. Because when you get the public involved, just look at the Old Port,” she said.

Camden Amphitheatre & Public Library Receive National Historic Landmark Status | Alice McFadden | The Free Press
The Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library is one of the few public projects of Fletcher Steele, one of America’s premier practitioners of 20th-century landscape design.

Shoemaker Green at University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia USA | Andropogon Associates

Shoemaker Green at University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia USA | Andropogon Associates
Shoemaker Green is a 3.75 acre site located immediately east of 33rd Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets, and is a major component of the east-west connection between the central campus and Penn Park, serving as a new continuation of the Locust Walk / Smith Walk corridor.
Continue reading Shoemaker Green at University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia USA | Andropogon Associates

This Week in Landscape | 2 February 2013

Another week in landscape architecture with our selection of links from around the world

Landscape Urbanism…Decoded? | OLIN
“What is landscape urbanism? Is it a method, a practice, or a result? What does this term mean to contemporary practitioners of landscape architecture?”

Landscape Architects: Please Don’t Call Us ‘Architects’ | Sommer Mathis | Atlantic Cities
ASLA goes after Atlantic Cities for spelling Olmsted wrong and calling him an architect. Also stating there is “distinction between landscape architecture and architecture…”

Detroit Mayor Announces Parks and Recreation Closures and Cuts Due to City Council’s Belle Isle Decision | City of Detroit
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced that 50 Detroit parks will close this spring and the operation of other City parks and recreation centers will be severely impacted, due to the Detroit City Council’s failure to approve a Belle Isle lease agreement with the State of Michigan.

Iowa State landscape architecture professor receives national planning award | Iowa State University
The American Planning Association is honoring an Iowa State University faculty member with a national award. Christopher J. Seeger, an associate professor of landscape architecture and extension specialist, will receive a 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning.

Imagining in the Urban Wild | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…..
Could an interesting, creative and challenging outdoor experience be an alternative to video games? Would it encourage girls and boys to become planners, designers and engineers?

Global Centre for Ecosystem Management Established by UNEP and China | UNEP
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have established a new global centre on ecosystem management in Beijing, which is aimed at promoting ecosystem management in developing countries.

This Week In Landscape | 6 January 2013

The first “This Week In Landscape” for 2013 with weekly links from around the world

Virginia Tech: Light pollution from virginiatech on Vimeo. Short Video (1min 48s).

Exploring Philadelphia’s New “Penn Park” | Sarah Kathleen Peck | landscape urbanism
“A few weeks ago, I had the chance to stop by Philadelphia and the University of Pennsvylania’s new Penn Park, a 23-acre waterfront park woven in between more than five different infrastructural systems and multiple-level land locks.”

Will Biomimicry Offer a Way Forward, Post-Sandy? | Sarah Amandolare | NY Times
“Kapok trees, honeycombs and mangroves are just a few of the naturally occurring features or processes that have informed the designs of buildings from Haiti to South Korea to New York City in recent years.”

ADAPTATION – How can cities be “climate-proofed”? | Eric Klinenberg | New Yorker
PLANNING about “climate-proofing.” For the past decade and a half, governments around the world have been investing in elaborate plans to “climate-proof” their cities

For America’s Cities, The Future can be found in the past | Manuel Cadrecha | ideas+buildings (Perkins Will)
“The city belongs to me long after I left and moved away, and it exists as my home, alive in my imagination.”

Have We Lost the Peace of Park Spaces? | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…
“My sense is that, today, we are rarely incorporating quiet spaces into our rural and urban parks. We often program active areas for tots, adolescents, teenagers and now adult/senior playgrounds, but we rarely seem to plan for quiet and contemplative spaces in public, secular venues.”

The Case for Walkability as an Economic Development Tool | Kaid Benfield | Atlantic Cities
“A terrific street redesign is assisting economic development in a southern California community that has suffered from changing economic conditions but is nevertheless seeing significant population growth…”

Top 12 Blogs from Landscape, Architecture and Planning Firms | Walter Communication
A few blogs of landscape architecture and architecture planning firms.

Heritage Field | New York USA | Stantec & Thomas Balsley Associates

Heritage Field | New York USA | Stantec & Thomas Balsley Associates
Heritage Field, the largest park of the 32-acre Yankee Uplands complex is a collaborative project from design and landscape architecture firms Stantec and Thomas Balsley Associates.
Continue reading Heritage Field | New York USA | Stantec & Thomas Balsley Associates

Canadian National Urban Design Awards announced

Urban design and architectural excellence play an important role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in cooperation with Canadian municipalities, wish to promote public and private awareness of that role.

Recently the award winners were announced:

Community Improvement Projects

Ottawa Children’s Garden (Ottawa, ON)
Sustainable Living Ottawa East and the Community of Old Ottawa East

Urban Design Plans

Transformation of the Bonaventure Expressway at the Montreal Downtown Gateway (Montreal, QC)
Groupe Cardinal Hardy collaboration: Urban Soland :
paysages urbains and Société du Havre de Montréal

Urban Architecture

Manitoba Hydro Place (Winnipeg, MB)
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Smith Carter Architects & Engineers, Transsolar KlimaEngineering

Urban Fragments

Capital Health Centre (Edmonton, AB)
Dub Architects Ltd.

Civic Design Projects

Waterloo Public Square (Waterloo, ON)
GSP Group Inc.

Special Jury Award: Sustainable Development

Tower Renewal Opportunities Book (Toronto, ON)
E.R.A. Architects Inc. and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, Project lead Graeme Stewart, ERA Architects Inc.

Special Jury Award: Small or Medium Community Urban Design

HRMbyDesign (Halifax, NS)
The Downtown Halifax Plan, Heritage and Design Department, Halifax Regional Municipality

Student Award

City_Program: Hybrid Area (Montreal, QC)
Virginie Pontbriand, Anik Malderis and Alexandre Guilbeault
(Université de Montréal)
Certificates of Merit

Urban Design Plans

The RiverWalk Master Plan (Calgary, AB)
Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Urban Architecture

Life Sciences Complex, McGill University (Montreal, QC)
Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes, Architects in Joint Venture

Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning (Toronto, ON)
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Civic Design Projects

Spadina WaveDeck (Toronto, ON)
WEST 8 + DTAH Joint Venture


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