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



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.

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Grant Associates designs creative playground for Gardens by the Bay


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


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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Museum of Science and Industry Smart House | Chicago Illinois | Jacobs/Ryan Associates


The Museum of Science and Industry’s mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting a captivating and compelling experience that is real and educational. With over 2,000 exhibits in the museum’s main building, the institution is continuously adding new exhibits exploring different technologies. Along with Michele Kaufman, architect of pre-built environmentally friendly modular housing, Jacobs/Ryan Associates (JRA) designed a sustainable landscape for the new Smart Home exhibit at the Museum. According to the Museum’s website, “Toured by over 200,000 guests since its debut in May 2008 (through 2010), the Smart Home provides examples and ideas for sustainable living with contemporary style and in harmony with the environment. Whether you’re into gardening, gadgets or garages, it will reboot your thinking about your home and how to live greener.” The site and landscape elements tell Museum visitors a story of sustainability in practical applications of green technology.
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Chutes and Tires | ATLAS Lab


The importance of usable open space has been well documented at various times and at various places throughout the world. For centuries small parks and playgrounds have functioned as vital social networking tools and places of reprieve from the city and home. When networked, these parks have the capability to provide and enhance transferences of the social ethos, strengthening bonds and establishing new ones. These peer-to-peer relationships, while often ignored, are a necessity to communities of any scale and location. Research has shown small open spaces to not only provide the infrastructural benefits, but also health benefits of lowering blood pressure, decreasing fear and anger and contributing to the education of children.

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