July 22, 2018

Landscape Architects outline blueprint for climate smart, resilient communities

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Climate change is intensifying the negative impacts of standard development practices and is putting people and communities across the United Sates at risk. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) convened an interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience in September 2017, and this week ASLA released a blueprint for helping secure a sustainable and resilient future that summarizes the panel’s work and recommendations. Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: The Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience found that the U.S. needs a new paradigm for communities that works in…

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Garden Dialogues bring an intimate look at landscape architecture to Bridgehampton

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The goal of The Cultural Landscape Foundation is to connect people with places, bringing landscape architecture into discussion. This is exactly what J. Brian Sawyer, a landscape architect and member of TCLF’s stewardship council, plans to do at a Bridgehampton residence he designed in a discussion series titled the Garden Dialogues. The Garden Dialogues began in 2012, inspired by the foundation’s focus on landscapes and patronage. “Without great patrons, there is rarely a great work of landscape architecture,” said Charles Birnbaum, the president and CEO of TCLF. Mr. Birnbaum said he never truly got the information or the real interaction…

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Riverfront park design to feature concrete petals

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American firms Lake Flato and Matsys, along with landscape architect Rialto Studio, have designed a riverfront park with concrete petals in southern Texas, with sculptural pavilions that provide shade on sunny days and help collect rainwater during storms. Confluence Park is located on a bluff overlooking the point where the San Pedro Creek merges with the San Antonio River. Covering three acres (1.2 hectares), the public park encompasses a classroom building, a main pavilion and three smaller pavilions. The park is overseen by the San Antonio River Foundation, which manages the watershed. “Confluence Park is a living laboratory that allows visitors to gain a greater understanding of…

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Landscape architecture firm unveils first glimpse at 200-acre riverfront master plan

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OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB) released concept images reimagining downtown Omaha’s riverfront – only one portion of its 200-acre Missouri Riverfront Revitalization plan. The plan, which spans both sides of the river, involves areas in and around Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis and Clark Landing on the Omaha side. It aims to unify Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA into a regional destination and will finally allow residents and visitors to access and enjoy the Missouri River. “The approval of the Master Plan is a game changer for the City of Omaha,” OJB’s Managing Principal, Kyle Fiddelke, ASLA said. “The project will spur economic development and bring business back…

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Cutting-edge public parks and open spaces celebrated

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A project that engaged various community stakeholders in the design of a new park is among the public works that have been recognised for innovation and leadership. Design studio Spacelab was recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Chapter on Thursday for its ‘Craft your Park initiative in Finn Street, O’Connor for listening to the community and translating their feedback into the design. “The design process involved an open dialogue, woven with local stories and histories from kindergarten children to landcare groups and the local community, where the design team were the ‘editors’ and the community the ‘authors’…

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Six-acre park opens after extensive landscape architectural design

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US studio James Corner Field Operations has created a public park on the waterfront site around the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, featuring a sunbathing spot, an industrial-style playground and a taco stand. Opening this week, Domino Park comprises six acres (2.4 hectares) of parkland, stretching a quarter of a mile along the East River in Williamsburg, in front of the old red-brick factory. New York-based landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations – which also worked on the High Line with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro – was enlisted to transform the formerly derelict parcel of land as part of a major redevelopment of the Domino Site, located just north…

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A look at the new Gateway Arch Museum

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St Louis’ Gateway Arch has undergone a redevelopment, with architecture studio Cooper Robertson expanding and renovating the museum beneath the record-holding structure. Landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have created a new park from the original by Dan Kiley, which now crosses the adjacent highway and connects the site to the city centre of St. Louis. According to the architects, the new project was conceived to restore the link between the city, the museum and the arch. “Our design makes the museum part of Downtown and you move in a linear way through exhibits which explain the meaning behind it,”…

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Diller Scofidio and Renfro and Woods Bagot win Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

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Acclaimed New York architects with leading Adelaide practice convince jury with concept design to create a dynamic new art space on Adelaide’s celebrated North Terrace  Arts South Australia and competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants announced 5 June 2018 that the team led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US) with Woods Bagot (Australia) has won the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition. The winning team’s concept design reconciled the brief for a dynamic people-friendly new place with a skilfully-organised gallery, while also incorporating a performance lab, a dramatic ‘Super Lobby’, floating top-floor sky galleries and a suspended rooftop garden. The garden, inspired…

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Mecanoo to transform railway line into green corridor connecting the city

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Mecanoo has released images of its plans to transform a former railway line in taichung, taiwan into a bio-diverse green corridor. the site, which measures a total length of one mile, was a catalyst for the development of the old city, traversing its downtown. Although formerly an important means of connection, today the disused railway divides the city and impedes circulation from one side of the tracks to the other. Mecanoo’s proposal uses the rail line to reconnect the different parts of the city in a sustainable way. as part of the plan, an inviting green corridor will include bike and pedestrian lanes to better cater…

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Landscape architecture students design new artificial reef at Redondo dive site

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A landscape architecture student’s illustration of part of an artificial reef to be built at Washington’s Redondo Beach dive area. Students are working with the state, the dive community and others to design a new reef to provide a healthy habitat for marine life. What makes a good artificial reef, for divers, and for marine life? The landscape architecture students have done designs for a state-funded project to replace the artificial reef at the Redondo Beach dive site. They will present and discuss their work in a public meeting May 30, in Des Moines. The landscape architecture studio class is…

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