EDSA, was commissioned to develop the master plan and provide full service landscape architecture design for Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, which opened on August 3. Nestled within Disney’s new Golden Oak residential community, this 443-room luxury resort is positioned to become the first five-diamond resort on Walt Disney World® Resort property. Playing off the 26 acres of naturally lush Floridian environment, EDSA’s design vernacular has been created to fit within the natural environment with a soothing color palette. Set around a feature lake and adjacent wetlands, the resort includes meeting space, restaurants, a spa, fitness center, pools, a business center, multiple outdoor function areas and a large recreational island.
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In the early summer of 2013, HOK was invited to participate in a design competition for the 2017 Expo Design in Astana – the rapidly developing capital of Kazakhstan. The theme for the expo; “Future Energy”, challenged entrants to demonstrate the use of innovative technologies capable of affecting people’s perception of energy and green development.
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Our design will contribute to the art of the garden by celebrating the idea of a World Table. This becomes a place where people are drawn together — some by choice, others by chance. The inviting nature of the table and its setting delight the senses. This experience is meant for visitors to let their guard down and provoke an interaction with those gathered around the table for serendipitous encounters, or formal, planned events. This project may be constructed for less than $5000 at garden festivals, for parklets, or other events.
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The Natural History Museum calls for Expressions of Interest in Civic Realm Competition. In 2012, the museum created a Masterplan Development Framework, intended to serve as a charter to guide and underpin development at the NHM for the next 25 years. A key project for early delivery is a revived grounds – the re-ordering of the extensive gardens and access-ways in order to improve the visitor experience, enhance the setting of the Grade I listed building and reconcile the overlapping uses of the space.
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The Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa awarded their annual awards with 11 projects winning an Award of Excellence. Also awarded were the Presidential Award, a best use of trees sponsor award, and the Icon of Landscape Architecture, which was awarded to Johan van Papendorp who was best described by Penny Moir: “Johan is not only one of the founding members of OvP Associates, but one of the founding landscape architects for the profession in South Africa.”
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“Since Hong Kong has a predominant verticality and a lack of buildable space, it could be interesting to reinterpret this verticality and propose this new type of vertical farming on the city’s outskirts” Javier F. Ponce, Dyv-net Architect
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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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