Harvard GSD announces winners of the 2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the awarding of the 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design to two projects, The Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia, in a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Piper Auditorium at the GSD. Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Prize Jury Chair, will host a panel discussion including presentations by representatives (designers and administrators) of the two winning teams. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition Transformative Mobilities: Porto & Medellín, installed in the GSD’s Gund Hall gallery.


“If there are lessons to be drawn for urban design from Medellín and Porto, I think the broader lesson has to do with the disruption of the segregation of the disciplines in the design field. Historically we have understood that Landscape Architecture sits in one place, Architecture in another, and Urban Design and Planning [in another, with all three disciplines] in constant conflict about their territorial rights. One of the things that is revolutionary about the Medellín project is that distinguishing among the disciplines is no longer possible.” Michael Sorkin – Jury Member

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Streetmix | interactive street section builder app

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Do you spend hours playing sim city or crushing candies? We’ve found a productivity tool for landscape architects that is just as fun. Streetmix is a free interactive street section builder that allows anyone to be able to build up a street with various lanes and urban elements including lighting, trees, bike lanes, light rail, signage. It’s a quick and easy to use web application that lets landscape architects and urban planners mockup various street section options for the same street.

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VIDEO | West 8 profile

Previously we have featured profiles for Rietveld Landscape and H+N+S landscape architects commissioned by DutchDFA. Recently they posted a video profile for West 8 featuring Adriaan Geuze, Director and Chief Designer of West 8 urban design and landscape architecture.

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Laurie Olin to receive National Medal of Arts from President Obama

President Obama will award the 2012 National Medal of Arts to Laurie Olin and 11 other recipients next week in the East Room of the White House. Olin, 74, has been a professor at University of Pennsylvania and chair of the landscape architecture program at Harvard, he later returned to Penn were he is still Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture.

Laurie Olin established the landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm bearing his name with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. OLIN has won many awards for its numerous projects across the world from the 1980′s to most recently Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan which won the AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design and The Chicago Athenaeum International Architectural Award.

Laurie Olin is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) who this year won the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture granted jointly by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Laurie Olin will be awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts for “….his contributions as a preeminent landscape architect. Renowned for his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design, Mr. Olin has dedicated his energy to shaping many iconic spaces around the world and to educating new leaders in his art.”


VIDEO CREDIT | Laurie Olin on Olmsted, Kiley & Halprin | TCLF

This Week In Landscape | 9 June 2013

Garden That Climbs The Stairs by Balmori Associates IMAGE CREDIT Iwan-Baan

‘Garden That Climbs The Stairs’ by Balmori Associates | IMAGE CREDIT | Iwan Baan

This Week in Landscape – your weekly update of landscape links from around the world…..

Meet The 13 Designers On Fast Company’s Most Creative People List | Belinda Lanks | Fast Co. Design
Diana Balmori (Principal – Balmori Associates) made the #3 spot on Fast Company’s 2013 Most Creative People List

ISTANBUL’S AWFUL PLANS | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“The bloody protests in Turkey aren’t just about urban design, but it was a plan to redesign Taksim Square that sparked the original demonstrations.”

A Restorative Landscape for Stamford | Will Belcher, RLA | OLIN blog
“Residents gathered for a weekend of festivities along the banks of Mill River, commemorating the long anticipated 14-acre park and river restoration by the Army Corps of Engineers and park design by OLIN”

“Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim | First Street Green
“FIRST STREET GREEN is pleased to announce to the winning proposal for the 2013 PUBLIC SUMMER Pavilion, “Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim. This proposal is currently being reviewed by NYC Parks & Recreation and is pending approval from DPR.”

“THE HIGH LINE’S RESPONSIBLE FOR NEW YORK’S BEST UPCOMING ARCHITECTURE” | Dezeen
“designer Stephen Burks takes us to the High Line and explains how the elevated park is helping to transform the surrounding areas of the city.” (needs to remember the Highline was designed by JCFO not just DSR)

Five Modernist Landscape Architects | G. Ryan Smith | Land 8
“Below are five modernist landscape architects whose work you should be familiar with….”

Exploring Melbourne’s underlying landscape | Zoe Nikakis | The Age
“Different Australian landscapes, the ways in which they came into being and the people who were instrumental in their creation are the focus of Dr Saniga’s book, the first in-depth look at Australian landscape architecture.”

Working in China: A Chat with Barry | Archinect
A chat with Barry Witherspoon, a landscape architect and contributing author at Archinect. Barry has been living and working as an architect in China and talks about his experiences. (version previously appeared in Landscape Architecture Magazine.


Building 877, the Island’s largest non-historic building, was imploded at 7:36 AM on Sunday, June 9. The implosion of Building 877, the tallest non-historic building on Governors Island will open up extraordinary views of the Statue of Liberty. (Watch Video from 22:20)

 

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