Moving Forward: A Panel Discussion on the Future of the Landscape Architecture Profession from UW College of Built Environments on Vimeo.
On February 12, 2015, a panel of Debra Guenther (Mithun), Rebecca Fuchs(Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) and Nate Cormier (SvR Design) joined by moderator Prof. Thaisa Way in a discussion envisioning the future of the landscape architecture profession. This conversation kicked off a new round of strategic planning by the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture.
Linking the University of Washington’s historic Raitt and Savery Halls, Savery Plaza serves as a bridge between two exceptional campus open spaces: the Arts Quad and Denny Yard. Use of the plaza ebbs and flows during the day, filtering and distributing pedestrians between various campus destinations,. The University’s goals for revitalizing the space were to maintain these vital functions while also providing a more gracious pedestrian environment for informal conversation and gathering.
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Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition Finalist
Our design approach celebrates the Resilient River; we believe in the power of nature to heal, and the relevance of the River in the life of the people of Minneapolis. We take the long view, and see that changes in industry along the banks have happened before, driven by the market but also by the guiding hand of public policy and the aspirations of the River’s citizens. While we recognize the role of industry, and in many cases are enthralled by the scale of its work along the banks, we also remain steadfast in our belief that this landscape is worthy of respect, even reverence, and protection from harm. Our purpose then is to aid in healing the riverfront as a place of critical ecological importance, as well as a place for working and living. Where the River has been an excuse for dividing neighborhoods and peoples, we desire a place where people can come together. We concur with the view that parks can create new value on adjacent lands, but also propose that a new ecology of parks is necessary that makes productive use of the rich riverfront lands and waters, as well as the people on its shores.
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SvR - Bell Street Park transparent model
Seattle-based SvR is currently leading the design and engineering of the innovative Bell Street Park, a 3-block hybrid of park activities and street functions. The project will give an outdoor living room to residents of Belltown, one of Seattle’s densest neighborhoods, while accommodating auto, bus, bicycle, and emergency vehicle access.
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Recently the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Parks Foundation, with Creative Partners, University of Minnesota College of Design and Walker Art Center announced the finalists for the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition.
Fifty-five design teams responded to the RFQ, and the 13-member jury noted that the quality was exceptionally high. Says Bill Morrish, MR|DC jury member, and Dean of the School of Constructed Environments and Associate Dean, Parsons The New School of Design in New York City, “The four teams we short-listed comprise innovative and inspirational people who will work very hard to create great concepts for the Minneapolis riverfront.”
The team finalists are:
Ken Smith Workshop | New York City
Stoss Landscape Urbanism | Boston
Tom Leader Studio | Berkeley
Turenscape | Beijing
The finalists are the team leaders with each team having supporting consultants.
Each team will produce 21st-century parks designs for 220 acres of parkland and the surrounding neighborhoods along both sides of the 5.4-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from the Stone Arch Bridge in the historic downtown Mill District to the city’s northern limits. The winning design will be a comprehensive, integrated vision for the Upper Riverfront that establishes parks as the engine for economic development, transforms the river into a connector rather than a barrier between east and west banks, and refocuses Minneapolis toward what is one of the three great rivers of the world.
SOURCE: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition
In October 2009, Seattle Parks selected SvR Design + Hewitt as the primary design consultant for four Belltown blocks, from First to Fifth Avenues will be turned into Seattle’s first park boulevard with swales and natural landscaping. Last month SvR Design + Hewitt presented two different design options for Bell Street in the Seattle neighbourhood of Belltown to the community to receive feedback.
The design team presented two options for the first area of the project between 4th and 5th Avenue. The design team walked the audience through a comparison of the options requesting input on the “Sluiced Surface” option and the “Measured Movement” option.
The community offered positive feedback and direction for the design of the park. The community encouraged the designers to look into a combination of the two designs emphasising the importance of safety, activation, lighting, and using green / recycled materials.
The Daily Journal of Commerce – Seattle has two designs for park along Bell Street cited
Nate Cormier, senior landscape architect at SvR, said the two designs are meant to represent “bookends” of the area’s history. Bell Street and the area around it have changed dramatically in the past 100 years. Tons of rock and soil that originally formed a steep hill there were removed and the land was regraded.
After receiving the communities feedback the team will come up with a single design and present it at a public meeting in April. Construction should occur in 2011.
For more information and to download the Presentation PDF go to [SOURCE: Seattle Parks & Recreation]
VIA: Daily Journal of Commerce – Seattle has two designs for park along Bell Street
IMAGE SOURCES: Seattle Parks & Recreation (SvR + Hewitt)
Existing Conditions looking along Bell from 4th to 5th Avenue
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