WLA’s Six Most Read Posts from 2016

As we get ready for the countdown to the new year it is time to list the six most read posts from 2016. These included posts about BIM, waterfronts, climate adaptation, creating opportunities through stormwater problems, reusing mines for tourism and creating an  integrated framework of people orientated experiences.

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Nature-based Climate Adaptation Wins Scandinavia’s Biggest Architecture Award
The Copenhagen-based architectural firm SLA wins the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Award – Scandinavia’s largest and most prestigious architecture competition. SLA wins the award for a nature-based climate adaptation of Inner Copenhagen that shows the way forward for using nature to create better and more livable cities. Read More

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Vanke Hefei | Light of the City opens to the public
ASPECT Studios was commissioned by Vanke Hefei for the landscape design of this 33,200 sqm landmark retail destination and office development in the city of Hefei, capital of Anhui province in China. At the design stage we worked closely with the client team to develop an integrated framework of people orientated experiences and function to meet both the social and commercial needs of the project. Read More

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What is BIM and Landscape Architecture?
Many landscape architects get hung up on the concept of BIM (Building Information Modeling), simply because it contains the word ‘building’. But BIM is really just the next technological progression in the AEC industry. It is a shift from creating printed drawings of the landscape, to creating and coordinating data within a digital model of the landscape. Read More


Rainproof Ringsted – solving the stormwater problem creates opportunities by DE URBANISTEN
In a collaborative process with water engineers of Envidan DE URBANISTEN propose a strategy for stormwater management that utilizes the cities natural topography and local characteristics of places. DE URBANISTEN introduces a water cascade of delay, peak storage, transport, cleaning and regional buffering. Hereby we see an opportunity to connect the urban ribbon to the surrounding landscape in which the local stream serves as regional buffer space as well as a recreational park for future urban expansion. Read more

Creating a tourist identity from the mines of Sardinia, Italy
The landscape of the Iglesiente territory comprises two fundamental poetic concepts; a more evident natural-artificial relationship and a less overt internal-external relationship. The former focuses on defining the scope of its affinity with strength and immediacy: nature on one hand and artificiality on the other. The second concept is more implicit and is based on the duality between interior and exterior, evident from the planimetry or sections of mountains and their tunnels (complex popular writings”); outside this is expressed in points that are ruins of the mining industry, or for spaces which are morphologies modified by the accumulation of excavation mud. Read more

Waterfront Regeneration of Maren | Carlos Dias
The project was developed for the city of Södertälje in Sweden which is located in one bay of the lake Mälaren, in where it joins the Baltic Sea through a canal and incorporates the small lake Maren. Until the beginning of the 19th century, the lakes Mälaren and Maren did not have a connection between them and this way the city developed around these two waterfronts. Read More