July 22, 2018

Six-acre park opens after extensive landscape architectural design


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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#ChooseLandscape launches next month – here’s how to get involved

Find out how you can support the LI’s new careers campaign, #ChooseLandscape and help inspire the next generation of landscape professionals. In July, the LI will launch its brand new careers campaign, #ChooseLandscape. They want to: Raise awareness of landscape as a profession. Improve and increase access to landscape education. Inspire young people to choose landscape as a career. #ChooseLandscape is a critical campaign, for the LI and for the profession as a whole. And for it to be as successful as possible, they need the whole profession on board. How can you get involved? Tell your story Are you, or…

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A look at the new Gateway Arch Museum


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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UCLan starts race for £32m student centre


UCLan has begun its search for a contractor to build its flagship 78,500 sq ft student centre in Preston, designed by architect Hawkins\Brown. Plinke already announced as landscape architect. The student centre will act as a gateway to the university from the city centre, and also features a 90,000 sq ft public square to the front. The building will include a reception area, learning spaces and a student wellbeing support centre over four storeys. UCLan is expecting to shortlist three contractors for the job ahead of a start on site in early 2019, with completion earmarked for summer 2020 ahead…

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Submissions are open for the LI 2018 awards with their new website


Registration and submissions for the #LIAwards2018 are now open. This year, the registration and submission process is much simpler. The LI has digitised much of the process, and for most categories, entrants can now register and submit wholly online. The Landscape Institute have also announced two new categories this year. One, the Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature, is our open to entries from around the world – and not restricted to LI members. The entry process is simple: Register and pay online. Entrants will get a unique reference that the LI use to track…

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


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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Bennett Architectural begin work at Manchester Health Academy


Aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural have been chosen to supply and install doors, windows and curtain walling for the £10m expansion of Manchester Health Academy. The Wythenshawe-based Academy was selected by Manchester City Council to expand its student population, with numbers predicted to rise from 750 to 1100 students by 2022. This expansion will see the addition of new dining room extension, multi-use games are and an FA standard all-weather pitch for students and community use. Lionel Grant, managing director at Bennett Architectural commented: “Our team brings a wealth of experience of working in the Education sector and we have…

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Conservation Design Forum makes key promotions


As the ecological design firm Conservation Design Forum Inc. (CDF) enters its 25th year the firm is proud to announce the elevation of key staff to leadership positions. Conservation Design Forum named Tom Price, PE as managing partner. Price will be taking over from founder, Jim Patchett, to lead CDF into its next chapter. Price will continue to serve as director of civil and water resources disciplines. Since joining the firm in 2000, Price has overseen the close integration of water-sensitive engineering into CDF’s work. “As CDF’s new managing partner, I intend to strengthen our partnerships with clients and colleagues, expand green…

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Have a say on the LI’s new visualisation guidance


Visualisation feedback on the latest draft Technical Information Note (TIN) sought from members and non-members alike by 29 June The Landscape Institute has published the public consultation draft of its updated photography and photomontage guidance. Photographs and photomontages often support planning applications. In this context, they are technical information. They may or may not supplement a landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA), and are crucial to the communication of potential landscape and visual effects. Practitioners should therefore use photography and photomontage in a technically appropriate manner. Find out more about photography and photomontage. The new guidance, reissued for 2018, has been…

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Landscape Institute announce new categories and application process


The Landscape Institue’s #LIAwards2018 team has announced a number of exciting changes to this year’s Awards. This year, two new categories have been added. One is the first to be open to individuals and organisations globally. The other will showcase the industry’s most innovative and beautiful horticulture projects. In addition, the awards submissions process has been simplified. In line with LI‘s ‘digital first’ strategy, the process has been moved mostly online. This is believed to make entering the awards easier, particularly for smaller practices. The new awards website will go live on Monday 4 June. The registration and submissions windows will…

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