This Week In Landscape | 7 July 2013

Another week of landscape links from the web


Utrecht, On 5 July Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park. © ANP; foto: Robin Utrecht

Koningin opent Maximapark in Leidsche Rijn [Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park]
On Friday July 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Máxima  opened Maxima Park in Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, Netherlands. The park is a 300-hectare green area in the middle of the Leidsche Rijn designed by West 8.

Designers Stretch Out Imaginations on Park Benches | Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
““When I came to New York in the 1970s, at client told me, ‘Do whatever you want, but no benches,’ ” said Tom Balsley, a prominent landscape architect who designed Riverside Park South,”

Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping | Skip Descant |
“The airport plans to replace some 80 percent of its lawn areas with desertscape, according to a landscape plan”

Greener landscapes through design, maintenance | Larisa Brass |
“Sustainable landscape design “means different things to different people,” says Sara Hedstrom Pinnell, founder and principal of Hedstrom Design, a Knoxville landscape architecture firm.”

When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay | Alex Bozikovic | The Globe and Mail
Landscape architect Scott Torrance, who designed the garden with Levitt Goodman Architects, says the design makes a point: “Nature is luxury. … We took out a lawn and replaced it with a garden;

Chenshan Botanical Garden launches orchard plan | China Daily
Chenshan Botanical Garden Shanghai recently launched a plan to set up a 22,500-square-meter orchard, which will be one of the largest orchards for horticulture and fruit-picking in Shanghai.

Architekturbüro aus Krefeld gestaltet Platz am Bürgerhaus | [German]
Ein Architekturbüro aus Krefeld hat den Wettbewerb zur Gestaltung des Platzes vor dem Nordkirchener Bürgerhaus gewonnen.

IMAGE CREDIT | © ANP; foto/image: Robin Utrecht. Image Courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

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.

Continue reading VIDEO | West 8 profile

West 8 wins design competition for Veddel North in Hamburg

Revitalization of an urban community and surrounding dike park on the south banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg, Germany. West 8’s winning design addresses rising sea levels and climate change, bringing a human scale to an area dominated by automobile traffic.


Continue reading West 8 wins design competition for Veddel North in Hamburg

Six Finalists selected for Zaryadye Park Design Competition

Last week we told you that 87 of the 90 submissions were eligible for entry into Zaryadye Park Design Competition. Yesterday, the jury held an eight-hour long meeting the Jury and selected six teams out of 90 applications. The main criteria was composition of a consortium, consisting of representatives of various specialties, and consortium portfolio. On 27 September 2013 the six participants will provide landscape and architectural concepts for Zaryadye park. After the technical expertise these projects will be presented to the Jury early November 2013. And later on the Winner will be involved in implementation of the project.

The six finalists include teams lead by:

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA)

MVRDV (the Netherlands)

Turenscape (China)


West 8 (the Netherlands)

Gustafson Porter (UK)

IMAGE CREDIT |  Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна “Стрелка” / Сергей Леонтьев
© Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev

Water Works Park shortlist announced

Minneapolis Parks Foundation recently announced the shorlist  for the Water Works park schematic design project. The three shortlisted teams include

  • Gustafson Guthrie Nicol with VJAA and Interboro (Seattle/Minneapolis/New York);
  • SCAPE with Rogers Marvel (New York);
  • Team West 8 (Rotterdam/New York).

A five-member Designer Selection Committee chose the teams from a pool of 27 responses representing seven U.S. states and five European countries to the April RFP for schematic design for a new urban park on “America’s fourth coast.”

Continue reading Water Works Park shortlist announced

Governors Island opens with new spaces and behind the scenes tours

Governors Island will open to the public on Saturday 25 May with new spaces and behind the scenes tours. Soissons Landing and the South Battery are new spaces that have been transformed. The South Battery, once a parking lot is now a new green space surrounding one of the Island’s forts.

Soissons Landing and the South Battery are part of the Park and Public space master plan designed by the acclaimed landscape architecture firm West 8. The first phase includes 30 acres of new park in the center of the Island that has always been off limits to the public.
Continue reading Governors Island opens with new spaces and behind the scenes tours

Weddle Gilmore including !melk and Floor Associates awarded Hance Park Master Plan Design

Existing Site Condition at Margaret T. Hance Park | Image Credit Flickr User Ms.Phoenix

The City of Phoenix recently held an RFQ for Margaret T. Hance Park Master Plan Design. The city received 20 submittals and short-listed to four teams lead by Weddle Gilmore, Stoss, Gould Evans and West 8.

The City of Phoenix decided that the Weddle Gilmore team as the successful  submitter. Their team includes: !melk, Floor Associates, HR&A, ETM  Associates, City Activators Inc., Rider Levett Bucknall, Pentagram, Kimber Lanning, Public Workshop, David Evans Assoc, Buro Happold, IAS Labs, Artistic Arborist, and RAMM.

This is an award recommendation pending final approval.

hat tip to micheleshelor for the tip via twitter.

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User Ms.Phoenix

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