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2014: A Great Year for Landscape Architecture

00:00 - 14 December, 2014
2014: A Great Year for Landscape Architecture, East 70th Street Garden at The Frick Collection designed by Russell Page. Image © 2014 Navid Baraty, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
East 70th Street Garden at The Frick Collection designed by Russell Page. Image © 2014 Navid Baraty, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation

By all accounts 2014 has been a great year for landscape architecture, and not just because of the completion of the final phase of the High Line by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations. Previously published by the Huffington Post as "2014's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture," this roundup of the year by the President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation Charles A Birnbaum finds plenty of promising developments, marred only slightly by some more backward-looking descisions.

This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.

This year the single most notable development came courtesy of the New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman who wrote: "Great public places and works of landscape architecture deserve to be treated like great buildings."

Landscape architecture and architecture on equal footing. Let that sink in.

Video: Salvador Dali Museum / HOK

00:00 - 14 December, 2014

The first to use this type of free-form geodesic geometry in the United States, HOK’s Salvador Dali Museum is a Floridian landmark in St. Petersburg known for housing one of the most important collections of a single artist’s work in the world. Referring to it as “The Dali,” architect Yann Weymouth and museum director Dr. Hank Hine discuss their intentions behind the building’s design in this interview with TheCoolist.com

In Progress: Quimper Cornouaille Exhibition Center / Philippe Brulé Architectes

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
In Progress: Quimper Cornouaille Exhibition Center / Philippe Brulé Architectes, © Pascal Léopold
© Pascal Léopold

© Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold © Pascal Léopold +39

New building Drehmo Wenden / wurm + wurm

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
New building Drehmo Wenden / wurm + wurm, © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel
© Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel

© Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel +35

The Berlage Archive: Toyo Ito (1999)

00:00 - 13 December, 2014

In this installment from the Berlage Institute, Toyo Ito opens a discussion on his traveling exhibition Blurring Architecture, the first iteration of which took place in Aachen. Explaining that architecture is often thought of as a very solid element, Ito meditates on the concept of distortion and shifts in contemporary ideas of architecture. Rather than considering architecture as static, he argues for an "ambiguous boundary" that is "not about form" but rather about the "conception of architecture." Considering the effects of the economy and politics on architecture, Ito pushes deep into philosophical notions of what architecture is and does, and how inquiry shapes the physical form of designs. 

Studio Nomad Creates Mirrored Pavilion for Hungary's Sziget Music Festival

00:00 - 13 December, 2014
© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

With their winning competition entry for Hungary's Sziget festival, one of Europe's leading music festivals, Studio Nomad created an installation to draw visitors back to nature. Their mirrored pavilion is a simple approach that creates a powerful experience for visitors, as more than 1200 reflective plastic sheets create shards of reflections which appear to fragment the surrounding forest.

© Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi +11

AIA Honors Edward Mazria with 2015 Kemper Award

00:00 - 13 December, 2014
AIA Honors Edward Mazria with 2015 Kemper Award, Edward Mazria via DJC Oregon
Edward Mazria via DJC Oregon

Edward Mazria, AIA, founder of Architecture 2030, has been selected to receive the 2015 Edward C. Kemper Award. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) chose Mazria for “catalyzing the architecture community to address climate change through the design of decarbonized, sustainable and resilient built environments.” 

Video: Guinness World Records Pays Tribute to Burj Khalifa

00:00 - 13 December, 2014

As a tribute to their 60th anniversary, Guinness World Records has published a video about the Burj Khalifa. Towering 828-meters (27,160-feet) above the downtown Dubai, the Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)-designed structure has been the world’s tallest building since its opening in 2010

Street Canvas / TA architect

01:00 - 13 December, 2014
Street Canvas  / TA architect, © Tung Yuh Kuan
© Tung Yuh Kuan

© Tung Yuh Kuan © Tung Yuh Kuan © Tung Yuh Kuan © Tung Yuh Kuan +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tainan City, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tung Yuh Kuan
  • Area

    298.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

West 8 Set to Revitalize Colombia's Rio Cali Park

00:00 - 13 December, 2014
West 8 Set to Revitalize Colombia's Rio Cali Park, Paseo Linear. Image Courtesy of West 8
Paseo Linear. Image Courtesy of West 8

After forty years of social upheaval, Cali, Colombia is refocusing its attention on urban planning and revitalization. A steadily stabilizing economy has led to investment in the renewal of the public realm and transportation systems. Working to promote Cali's natural heritage, West 8 has teamed up with the Municipality of Cali to design the Rio Cali Park as part of an initiative called "A Dream to Cross a River." The project aims to integrate a safe, well-connected public space with a thriving urban center. 

Jardin Jorge Isaacs . Image Courtesy of West 8 Puentos Jardin Jorge Isaacs . Image Courtesy of West 8 Paseo Bolivar. Image Courtesy of West 8 Plazoleta del CAM. Image Courtesy of West 8 +7

Go on a Sweet Getaway with these Gingerbread BNBs

00:00 - 13 December, 2014
Go on a Sweet Getaway with these Gingerbread BNBs, Courtesy of GingerbreadBNB
Courtesy of GingerbreadBNB

Vacation just got a little bit sweeter with these Gingerbread BNBs. Looking for a luxurious getaway? The Gingerbread Modern Home is a gorgeous estate, made from gluten-free gingerbread and featuring a frosted stucco exterior and mid-century taffy furniture (but please don’t eat the artwork). The house is part of a fundraiser for New-York charity Robin Hood to provide shelter to homeless families in New York during the holiday season.

Villa T / Boyer Percheron Assus

01:00 - 13 December, 2014
Villa T / Boyer Percheron Assus, Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus
Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus

Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus Courtesy of Boyer Percheron Assus +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, France
  • Main Contractor

    Agency Architecture Boyer-Percheron-Assus and Associates
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Office Zotov & Co / Architecture bureau Zotov&Co

01:00 - 13 December, 2014
Office Zotov & Co / Architecture bureau Zotov&Co, © Andriy Mihailov
© Andriy Mihailov

© Andriy Mihailov © Andriy Mihailov © Andriy Mihailov © Andriy Mihailov +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyiv, Kyiv city, Ukraine
  • Project Leader

    Ekaterina Dolhaya
  • Chief architect

    Viktor Zotov
  • Team

    Oleg Selivanov, Roman Slyadnev
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Richtiring Office Building / Max Dudler

01:00 - 13 December, 2014
Richtiring Office Building / Max Dudler, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wallisellen, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Helene Bihlmaier, Merry Classen, Anne Gramatzki, Max Nalleweg, Luca Pessina, Tobias Schaer,
Helga Schützeichel, Markus Weissenmayer,
Pascal Glatz, Fabrice Passaplan, Franz Staeudinger, Larisa-Maria Vranceanu, Antonia Weyermann
  • Project Managers

    Eva Hepke
Claudio Pasquini, Nicole Gamisch
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Village Hall in HUNSPACH / Heintz-Kehr & associés

01:00 - 13 December, 2014
Village Hall in HUNSPACH / Heintz-Kehr & associés, © Alain Villa
© Alain Villa

© Alain Villa © Alain Villa © Alain Villa © Alain Villa +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hunspach, France
  • Design Team

    Georges Heintz et Anne-Sophie Kehr, FF Muller - Michele Farano et Pascal Philbert
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

AIA Honors Rural Studio with 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

00:00 - 12 December, 2014
AIA Honors Rural Studio with 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Tim Hursley
Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Tim Hursley

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced Rural Studio as winner of the 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, recognizing the Newbern, Alabama–based design/build program for its student-led projects that have catered to one of the South’s poorest and most underserved regions.

“Rural Studio’s projects prove that an authentic conversation with the residents, no matter how unconventional the client, can yield ambitious architecture,” stated the AIA in their official press release.

Inter-generational Center in Atarfe / Luis Llopis y Eva Chacón

01:00 - 12 December, 2014
Inter-generational Center in Atarfe / Luis Llopis y Eva Chacón, © Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    18230 Atarfe, Granada, España
  • Arquitectos socios

    Luis Llopis and Eva Chacón
  • Technical Architect

    Cristina Llopis
  • Project Area

    982.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Plataforma Zero KIOSK / A2OFFICE®

01:00 - 12 December, 2014
Plataforma Zero KIOSK /  A2OFFICE®, © AL.MA Photography | Alexandra Marques
© AL.MA Photography | Alexandra Marques

© AL.MA Photography | Alexandra Marques © AL.MA Photography | Alexandra Marques © AL.MA Photography | Alexandra Marques © AL.MA Photography | Alexandra Marques +22