The spring edition of Landscape – The Journal of the Landscape Institute has arrived in the WLA mailbox with some great articles covering the impact of heritage on park design, practical articles on spotting disease in trees and selection and nurturing trees. This edition also includes some great information on BIM for landscape architects, changes in UK legislation and some featured projects. Best of all was a great pull out poster(see below) of urban parks from 1839 to 2012. Another good read available from the Landscape Institute.
IMAGE CREDIT | WLA
Design Adds Value to the Commons – Michael Speaks, Dean, University of Kentucky College of Design from UK/CoD on Vimeo.
Design Adds Value to the Commons was a design symposium hosted by The University of Kentucky College of Design in conjunction with Lexington’s Downtown Development Authority’s Town Branch Commons Design Competition. Design Adds Value to the Commons was five landscape architects discussing the importance of good design for downtown development and including presentations by
Mark Johnson of Civitas, Shane Coen of Coen+Partners, Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside, Julien de Smedt & Diana Balmori of JDS Architects/Balmori Associates and Kate Orff of Scape
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October saw Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners win Waller Creek Design Competition. We published Maxthreads design for Kaohsiung Taiwan – Infiltrated Cultural and Ecological Urbanism along with the realised design for Leicester Square City Quarter in London by Burns + Nice.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners wins Waller Creek Design Competition
Continue reading 2012 in Review | October
In June we published the most amazing project of 2012 – Gardens by the Bay in Singapore designed by Grant Associates which won the World Building of the Year at WAF. June also saw Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and West 8’s Jubilee Gardens open in London.
Gardens by the Bay | Singapore | Grant Associates ©Craig Sheppard
Continue reading 2012 In Review | June
Links from around world to do with landscape architecture
Landscape architects envision a greener Chinatown | Sara Lewis | Greater Greater Washington
“How could Chinatown be a greener and more livable neighborhood? Designers from the American Society of Landscape Architects and Fuss & O’Neill created a vision for an inter-connected series of green “complete streets,”….”
An Online Tool for Calculating Flood Risk | NY Times
After Hurricane Sandy struck this fall, many home and business owners who had not previously gauged their flood risks turned to the government-run Web site FloodSmart.
Architecture “no longer interested in anything but its own image” | Dezeen
“the way architecture is consumed through websites like Dezeen is “utterly disastrous”, according to UK critic Owen Hatherley”
Building a Better Christmas Tree | Michael Tortorello | NY Times
A SEVEN-FOOT evergreen will bear 350,000 needles, more or less. And if Gary Chastagner has his way this holiday season, precious few of them will end up on the parlor floor.
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Green Economy in Focus During UNEP Meeting with Government of Russia
From continued cooperation on the environmental sustainability of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, to the challenges facing the Arctic, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
QUT 2012 End of Year Exhibition_Landscape Architecture_First Year_Semester 1 from t lenigas on Vimeo.
‘Seeds of Change’ is a floating garden; the result of a collaboration between the designer Gitta Gschwendtner and the artist Maria Thereza Alves. The title ‘Seeds of Change’ stems from an ongoing ballast seed garden project from Brazillian artist Maria Thereza Alves. Between 1680 and the early 1900’s ships’ ballast – earth, stones and gravel from trade boats from all over the world used to weigh down the vessel as it docked- was offloaded into the river at Bristol. This ballast contained the seeds of plants from wherever the ship had sailed.
Continue reading Seeds of Change | Bristol UK | Gitta Gschwendtner & Maria Thereza Alves
Image Credit | Burns + Nice
In June 2007 BURNS + NICE won a design competition for the re-design of Leicester Square, organised by Westminster City Council. The square is the home of British cinema staging over 50 film premières every year as well as a number other large scale events throughout the year. It attracts approximately two million visitors each week. Together with its side streets the square accommodates 250 servicing deliveries every morning, over 35 al fresco dining pitches, the largest cinemas and casinos in the UK and five hotels, with another two large ones planned. In combination these activities make the Leicester Square City Quarter a challenging and multi-layered urban environment.
Continue reading Leicester Square City Quarter | London UK | Burns + Nice