This Weeks landscape architecture links from around the world….
Designing the Urban Landscape To Meet 21st Century Challenges | Diane Toomey | Yale Environment 360
Martha Schwartz, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, explains in a Yale Environment 360 interview how creative landscape architecture can help cities become models of sustainability in a world facing daunting environmental challenges.
Editorial> Landscape Architecture’s Ascendance | Alan G. Brake | Architect’s Newspaper
In recent years, landscape architects have seen their profile rise. The discipline has gained stature in the public’s imagination, as well as among the allied disciplines of architecture, planning, and even civil and transportation engineering.
Exploring Roosevelt Island’s New Four Freedoms Park | Sara Polsky | Curbed NY
After decades of delays, Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park is now open to the public at the southern end of Roosevelt Island.
A Field Guide to the Wonderful World of Clients | Ilya Pozin | LinkedIN
“No company should have to put up with tough clients. That’s why I’ve compiled the infographic below, which details a few specific characteristics you can look for to identify when someone is going to be hard to work with.”
What’s in a name? | Julian Raxworthy
“Glorious failure: the landscape architect in the entropic garden. Landscape change results in material outcomes that exhibit the quality of novelty.”
Thinking on Sustainability Through Health | Cathy Markle
“In thinking about the potential of landscape architecture to effect people in their daily lives and in the future…….”
This weeks Landscape Links from around the world
28 million trees planted nationwide since 2010 | New Straits Times
More than 28 million trees have been planted under the Malaysia tree-planting campaign, surpassing the initial target of 26 million expected by the year 2014.
Large-scale garden cities tipped as housing crisis solution | Hannah Fearn | Guardian
Garden cities could be the answer to the economic and housing crises faced by the country – but only if councils provide real political leadership, according to the Town and Country Planning Association
Disney’s EPCOT at 30: An unfulfilled dream might have changed New York City (Commentary) | Chuck Schmidt | silive.com
Contrary to what many people think, Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., was never intended to be a carbon copy of Disneyland in California. In point of fact, the true intention of Walt Disney World was something much grander and far more complex than a theme park: To revolutionize the urban landscape of America.
The Age of the City Planning Movie Has Arrived | Alexa Mills | Berkeley Planning Journal
City planners, take note: We are living in the golden age of city planning films. You may not have been waiting for this period, or even have imagined that such a thing was possible. Yet, it’s here.
What to do with St. Petersburg’s cityscape? | Vladimir Frolov | Russia Beyond the Headlines
The urban planning dilemma in St. Petersburg lies between the extremes of rebuilding from scratch or preserving everything.
Gardens By the Bay with the award winning ‘Cooled Conservatories’ on the left. Image ©Robert Such
This week the World Architecture Festival has been under way and yesterday the festival awards were announced with Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore winning the landscape prize and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore winning World Building of the Year.
Kallang River Bishan Park winner of World Architecture Festival landscape prize
Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl won the landscape prize as the judges deemed “This remarkable project fundamentally transforming the urban landscape of Singapore by rethinking the fundamentals of 1960s thinking, transforming a drainage canal into an eco- and people-friendly urban space.”
Gardens by the Bay winning World Building of the Year with the award officially going to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the design of the Cooled Conservatories. However, Paul Finch, Festival Director stressed at the awards ceremony that this was a magnificent team effort and that the whole team should be recognised – in addition to the architect, the landscape architect Grant Associates and engineers Atelier One and Atelier Ten. Congratulations to Atelier Dreiseitl and all of the Gardens By the Bay team.
We have featured both projects in the past and you can revisit Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl and Gardens by the Bay.
As the next step in a planning process begun in the mid 1970’s, the vision presented here is a proposal for the revitalization of the Northeast Riverfront District, the City of Wausau’s former industrial land along the Wisconsin River. Prior to this, the City had substantially developed its plan for the central downtown and completed its purchase of most of the long dormant Northeast Riverfront District. At the next stage, the City hired a team of graduate student architects and planners with UW-Milwaukee’s Community Design Solutions (CDS) to adopt relevant recommendations from previous plans, integrate input from the community, and apply their skills and knowledge of modern design principles to create an urban landscape vision that stimulates further public input, planning, and decision-making. City officials and City Planner Brad Lenz had decided to bring an outside student group in for this project to provide fresh eyes for the task of creatively revitalizing a landscape that for so long had symbolized Wausau’s industrial decline.
Continue reading Wausau North East Riverfront Masterplan | Wausau Wisconsin | Community Design Solutions
Existing View North of Waller Creek from 6th Street
The Waller Creek Conservancy in Austin, Texas has announced that nine teams from 31 submissions have been selected to continue onto the next stage of the ‘Design Waller Creek’ design competition.
“Through the competition process, we enlisted the leaders in urban landscape, innovation, sustainable design, theory and practice,” Donald J. Stastny FAIA FAICP FCIP, competition manager of “Design Waller Creek: A Competition,” said. “The submittals help to define the design challenge and inform the jury and Conservancy about an appropriate mix of design professionals to undertake this complex task. We find within the teams a very strong promise of collaboration and experience in ‘integrated’ design—how different disciplines come together to share talents and skill sets to create environments that are not only functional and sustainable, but contribute to raising the human experience.”
Continue reading Waller Creek Design Competition Shortlist announced