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NYC Lowline Receives First Official City Approval

08:00 - 21 July, 2016
NYC Lowline Receives First Official City Approval, Courtesy of NYCEDC
Courtesy of NYCEDC

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer have announced New York City’s first official approval of the Lowline project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. As the first major step in making the project a reality, the approval will help to create the world’s first underground park, a community-oriented public and cultural space that will become both a local resource and an attraction for worldwide visitors.

Although the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) did express interest in the space last fall, the Lowline team was awarded conditional use due its high community potential.

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Spatial Transformation Workshop - Back To Life

12:53 - 18 July, 2016
Spatial Transformation Workshop - Back To Life, Workshop BACK TO LIFE Spain 5-15th September
Workshop BACK TO LIFE Spain 5-15th September

Blanca, a small town huddling at the foot of Peña Negra, a volcanic black rock, is reinventing parts of its structure, helped by impulses from artists’ platform AADK Spain. Part of this process is the rediscovery of the actual potentials of a shrunk city. The workshop Back To Life will be an integral step in further developing these impulses.

Masterplan by SLA and Ramboll Aims to Alleviate Flooding in Copenhagen

16:00 - 27 June, 2016
 Masterplan by SLA and Ramboll Aims to Alleviate Flooding in Copenhagen, © SLA / Beauty and the Bit
© SLA / Beauty and the Bit

Planning and landscape firm SLA Architects and engineering office Ramboll have won an international competition to redesign Hans Tavsens Park and its surrounding area in the central Copenhagen borough of Nørrebro. The competition tasked architects with envisioning a park and streetscape that would benefit the hydrological, biological and social ecosystems of the neighborhood.  The winning proposal, titled The Soul of Nørrebro, tackles the challenge by creating a system of drainage areas and an adaptable park designed to redirect runoff and contain and purify water during flood conditions.

OMA, MLA, and IDEO Selected to Design New Park for Downtown Los Angeles

13:01 - 9 June, 2016
OMA, MLA, and IDEO Selected to Design New Park for Downtown Los Angeles, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

The City of Los Angeles has selected landscape architects Mia Lehrer + Associates (MLA) with partners OMA and IDEO to design a new public park at First and Broadway in downtown LA. Located across from Los Angeles City Hall, the new development, to be known as “FAB Park,” will connect into the existing Grand Park, turning the area into one of the city’s most important civic spaces.

Are Tree-Covered Skyscrapers Really All They Set Out to Be?

14:00 - 31 May, 2016
Are Tree-Covered Skyscrapers Really All They Set Out to Be?, Peruri 88, a 400-meter proposal by MVRDV for Jakarta. Image Courtesy of RSI-Studio
Peruri 88, a 400-meter proposal by MVRDV for Jakarta. Image Courtesy of RSI-Studio

Are tree covered buildings really in tune with ecological and sustainable principles, or are they just a form of greenwashing? This is the question posed by Kurt Kohlstedt in his essay, Renderings vs. Reality: The Improbable Rise of Tree-Covered Skyscrapers, for 99% Invisible. The author notes that vegetated designs come about for myriad reasons – the appearance of sustainability, better air and views, investment intrigue – but that most of these concepts will never leave the realm of paper or virtual architecture. For as many reasons that these buildings have become popular, there are detractors for why they simply cannot be built, including daunting construction hurdles (extra concrete and steel), vast irrigation systems, added wind load complexities, and the trees themselves having difficulty adapting to their vertiginous conditions.

Student Survey: The Future of Parks

03:35 - 29 April, 2016
Student Survey: The Future of Parks

Husqvarna invites you to take their survey, The Future of Parks, and share your insights into how parks will look and function in the year 2030. The UN has set a goal to make cities more sustainable in the coming decades, and parks will play an integral role in making that happen. Together with students from around the world, you will help to co-create a vision of what is to come! 

Charles Renfro Discusses DS+R's Winning Proposal for Zaryadye Park in Moscow

12:00 - 20 April, 2016

At last year's Moscow Urban Forum, Charles Renfro discussed Diller Scofidio + Renfro's design for Zaryadye Park in Moscow. Located in the heart of the city, the park employs Wild Urbanist principles, which seek to emulate Russia's diverse landscapes – tundra, steppe, forest, and wetland – against a backdrop of architectural landmarks that includes the Kremlin, Red Square, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research

19:04 - 1 April, 2016
Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research, Harvard GSD. Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research.
Harvard GSD. Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research.

Platform 8 catalogs a curated selection of work generated in the past year at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Alongside final products of design education, Platform 8 places particular emphasis on collecting and documenting the people and artifacts that shape research-driven design practices. Here, design is presented both as process and as a final product. Indexical structure, punctuated with a collection of portraits, presents a comprehensive picture of the school. Platform 8 shows the intention, direction, and passion seen and experienced every day at the GSD.

Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist

16:00 - 8 March, 2016
Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, Roberto Burle Marx, Mineral roof garden, Banco Safra headquarters, São Paulo, 1983. Photograph © Leonardo Finotti
Roberto Burle Marx, Mineral roof garden, Banco Safra headquarters, São Paulo, 1983. Photograph © Leonardo Finotti

The Brazilian artist Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) is one of the most prominent landscape architects of the twentieth century. His famous projects range from the remarkable mosaic pavements on the seaside avenue of Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach to the multitude of gardens that embellish Brasilia, one of several-large scale projects he executed in collaboration with famed architect Oscar Niemeyer. Although his landscape design work is renowned worldwide, the artist’s work in other media remains little known. Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist therefore explores the richness and breadth of the artist’s oeuvre—from landscape architecture to painting, from sculpture to theater

Open Call: Santa Monica LAGI 2016: Powering Places in Southern California

14:31 - 4 March, 2016
Open Call: Santa Monica LAGI 2016: Powering Places in Southern California

The Land Art Generator Initiative is delighted to announce that LAGI 2016 will be held in Southern California, with the City of Santa Monica as site partner. This free and open call ideas competition invites individuals or interdisciplinary teams to design a large-scale site-specific work of public art that also serves as clean energy and/or drinking water infrastructure for the City of Santa Monica.

The complete Design Guidelines along with CAD files, photos, and more will be available on January 1, 2016 at http://landartgenerator.org/designcomp

The design site includes the breakwater adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier and offers the opportunity to

International Biennial of Landscape Architecture

18:11 - 1 March, 2016
International Biennial of Landscape Architecture

The International Biennial of Landscape Architecture is an international event that takes place every two years in Barcelona, gathering architects, professionals, students and professors from all over the world. Since its first edition, the European Landscape Biennial has expressed its desire to intently study and discuss landscape interventions, as much from the perspective of landscape architecture as from other disciplines linked to its study and evolution.

James Corner Field Operations Highlights New York's Skyline with Rooftop Garden

08:00 - 17 February, 2016
James Corner Field Operations Highlights New York's Skyline with Rooftop Garden, © Matthew Williams, Courtesy of Two Trees Management Company
© Matthew Williams, Courtesy of Two Trees Management Company

James Corner Field Operations has completed a nearly 6,000 square foot rooftop garden located in the heart of the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn. The garden is located on top of a seventeen-story apartment complex designed by Leeser Architecture and developed by Two Trees Management. The Dock Street Rooftop Terrace allows residents to view the panoramic scenery of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, East River, and Manhattan Skyline.

Call for Applications: Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

19:32 - 8 February, 2016
Call for Applications: Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design is now accepting applications from prospective participants in the 2016 Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design. This six week intensive summer program gives students the opportunity to test their enthusiasm for the material and culture of environmental design.

The Summer [IN]STITUTE consists of [IN]ARCH, [IN]LAND and [IN]CITY, three introductory programs in architecture, landscape architecture and sustainable city planning for post-baccalaureate students and senior-level undergraduates, as well as [IN]ARCH ADV, an advanced studio for post-baccalaureate students who have a degree in architecture or who are senior-level architecture majors.

AD Interviews: Lateral Office at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

08:00 - 8 February, 2016

Lateral Office’s work follows its namesake, looking horizontally at problems and solutions across various fields. Exploring the intersections of systems, environment and architecture, the Canadian firm often situates its projects in unusual climatic and topographic conditions, finding ways to consolidate multi-disciplinary problems with multi-disciplinary solutions.

Lateral Office’s exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, “Making Camp” looks at strategies of city planning and adapts them to the wilderness, forming new typologies of the traditional campsite. Like their previous project, Arctic Adaptations (special mention at the Venice Biennale), “Making Camp” explores the way architecture can respond to, and take advantage of nature, simultaneously preserving and using the natural environment.

Winning Design Selected for the World War I Memorial in DC

10:00 - 28 January, 2016
Winning Design Selected for the World War I Memorial in DC, Courtesy of The World War I Centennial Commission
Courtesy of The World War I Centennial Commission

After announcing five finalists in August of 2015, the World War I Centennial Commission has announced the winner of its National World War I Memorial competition: The Weight of Sacrifice by 25-year-old architect Joe Weishaar and sculptor Sabin Howard. The design focuses on the sacrificial cost of war through relief sculpture, quotations of soldiers, and a freestanding sculpture. Visitors are guided through the memorial’s changing elevations by quotation walls that describe the war from the point of view of generals, politicians, and soldiers.

Open Call: Crowdus Street Design Competition

20:35 - 10 January, 2016
Open Call: Crowdus Street Design Competition

Deep Ellum developed in the late 1800s as a residential and commercial neighborhood on the east side of Downtown Dallas. The early 1900s flourished with industrial development, serving factory facilities for the Continental Gin Company and Henry Ford’s Model T. Deep Ellum’s real claim to fame was found in its music. By the 1920s, the neighborhood had become a hotbed for early jazz and blues musicians, hosting the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, Texas Bill Day and Bessie Smith. Following WWII, the success of Deep Ellum started to fade. The ever-growing availability and use of the automobile

Call for Submissions: AZ Awards 2016

19:32 - 10 January, 2016
Call for Submissions: AZ Awards 2016

The 6th annual AZ Awards is now open for submissions!

The competition is open to architects, landscape architects, interior designers, product designers, clients, manufacturers and students for work completed before December 31, 2015. Entries will be juried by a panel of international design experts. (Keep an eye open for the jury announcement soon!)

Winners will be announced at the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto on June 17, 2016 in the presence of 400 attendees, industry leaders, architects, designers and AZ Awards finalists, joining the Gala from all over the world.

3 Architects Win President’s Designer of the Year Award in Singapore

14:00 - 20 December, 2015
3 Architects Win President’s Designer of the Year Award in Singapore, MKPL Architects Recent Winning Proposal for the Singapore Rail Corridor Revitalization. Image Courtesy of Norm Li for MKPL Architects
MKPL Architects Recent Winning Proposal for the Singapore Rail Corridor Revitalization. Image Courtesy of Norm Li for MKPL Architects

The President's Design Award, which honours Singapore designs and designers, has named its three Designers of the Year for 2015. Dr. Colin K. Okashimo (sculptor and landscape architect), Mr. Franklin Po (Principal of landscape architecture practice Tierra Design) and Mr. Siew Man Kok (co-founder of MKPL Architects) were selected from 111 nominations by a 14-member panel, which included British architect Richard Rogers.