Our proposal for this 24-kilometer, peri-urban stretch of the Chuviscar River recognizes the importance of agricultural systems that helped define Chihuahua. The current proposed plans for the site involve heavy development up to the river’s edge erasing existing agriculture, and proposed dams would permanently change the flow of the river.
It is apparent that the site is scarred by history and that the necessity for memory is eminent.
And that is what mostly influenced my decisions. Besides the site’s history, users memories are important as well. There was a clear decision that needed to be done: How do you balance the daily activities of a park with the touristic and memorial aspects?
While digital computation methods have increasingly been incorporated into the architectural and industrial design process, their use in landscape architecture and terrain modelling is relatively nascent. This project is an example of the potential application of computation-driven geometry to the design of physical landscapes, in this case enabling the redesign of an urban park in a historical district which eschews pastiche while retaining echoes of the past.
At a smaller scale, embedded in this project is a material reinterpretation at the interface and transition between hard and soft surfaces. The material reinterpretation is a subtle provocation of what defines modern materials, how these materials are configured and in what context, and how contemporary geometries can be created using materials that are normally thought of as traditional. Overall, the project offers new possibilities in terms of form, performance and social occupations of public urban space.
At the Hudson’s Edge: Beacon’s Long Dock a Resilient Riverfront Park | Beacon, NY | Reed Hilderbrand LLC | Photo Credit: James Ewing Photography
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced the 2015 Professional and Student Awards. Thirty four professional and twenty three student award recipients, selected from 459 professional and 327 student entries, the awards honor projects in the U.S. and around the world.
The winners will receive their awards at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago on Monday, November 9 at McCormick Place – Lakeside Center, Arie Crown Theater.
A student team from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology(BUET) recently posted a video of their entry for the Student Ideas Competition for the Tejgaon Airport Site organised by the BUET Alumni. The video shows a great technique for design charettes; utilising one sheet of large format paper to brainstorm issues, ideas, and create small vignettes depicting the main ideas and principles.
Raise | Student Team – Law Yat Man (Michael), Or Chun Hin (Justin), Wong Chung Kwan, Wong Ka Po, Yim Wan Ting.
elusive, more problematic, and – in a way- more deeply meaningful than anything so easily boiled down to an image. All the three landscape installations: “Pipe me not”, “Six Degrees” and “Raise” have illustrated a series of dynamics and playful adventures with visitor’s interaction and with ironic meaning of the weight of balloon and soil; to remind and to encourage people to “Communicate” outside their circles and to give a chance for people to “Speak Up”. These landscape installations exemplify how direct observations of landscape, art and urban phenomena can blossom into artistic endeavors, human interaction investigations, and open-ended inquiries; offering a refreshing dimensions of experience to the perceivers. “me.you.we”