EVENT | Exhibition: Dialogues on Urbanization | March 23 – April 18

LEFT: “GARRAF WASTE LANDFILL” BY BATTLE I ROIG & TERESA GALÍ-IZARD. PHOTO CREDIT: JORDI SURROCA; AND RIGHT: “MINING AS DEMINING” BY XIAOXUAN LU.

 

The exhibition, “Dialogues on Urbanization: Emerging Landscapes”, examines landscape architecture in the age of planetary urbanization and opens with a reception on Mon., Mar. 23 from 4:30 to 6:00 to be followed by a lecture by landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, Co-founder of West 8, Rotterdam at 6:30 p.m. in S. R. Crown Hall – College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.

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VIDEO | Penn State Landscape Students learn materials skills from Pennsylvania College of Technology


Thirty Penn State landscape architecture majors received valuable hands-on experience at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s masonry lab. The afternoon visit provided the Penn State students with the opportunity to work with materials and processes often part of their designs: brick, block, artificial stone and archways. Penn College masonry students served as instructors.

VIDEO & TEXT CREDIT | Pennsylvania College of Technology

Grant Associates designs creative playground for Gardens by the Bay

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The new Far East Organization Children’s Garden opened yesterday (21 January),  at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay designed by Grant Associates. A major new feature of the 54 hectare Bay South Garden, the Far East Organization Children’s Garden will offer a one-hectare mix of play experiences for all ages, including water play, rainforest tree houses, ridge top trails and topiary pergola arches all in a special garden setting overlooking the Marina Reservoir.

WLA spoke to Andrew Grant from Grant Associates about this new feature at Gardens by the Bay.
WLA: Designing a space like the Far East Organization Children’s Garden must have been fun. As designers what was the fun part of the process of designing the garden?
Andrew Grant: To have the opportunity to develop a bespoke play space is a pretty special task in this age of off the shelf play packages, play equipment and risk management. We have had enormous fun imagining new play challenges and ideas for this project, not all of which found their way into the final scheme.

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Lots of Possibility Design Competition

Louisville Metro Government has launched “Lots of Possibility” Design Competition  to address issues of vacancy, blight and abandonment in its community. There are several thousand vacant lots throughout the city – of which approximately 450 are owned by Metro Government and/or the Landbank Authority, Inc. and available for redevelopment. The objective of this competition is to not only engage the community and solicit innovative, affordable and replicable ideas to return these vacant lots into productive use – but also to provide seed funding to see the ideas through implementation.
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Burnley Living Roofs | Melbourne Australia | HASSELL

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Image Credit | Peter Bennetts

Green infrastructure, including the installation of plants on under-utilised urban surfaces, can provide significant environmental benefits for our cities. These green interventions have the capacity to cool the urban environment, reduce energy consumption, mitigate flooding and increase habitats for biodiversity. They provide an opportunity to evolve the way we develop the built environment, to maximise existing infrastructure and lower the need for costly upgrades.

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