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Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (January 1 – 15) Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:07
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A view of the Obama Presidential Center campus shows a proposed promenade along the Lagoon at the east side of the campus with the Museum Building and the Museum of Science Industry beyond. / Obama Foundation

The Fraught Future of Monuments Co.Design, 1/2/18
“Let’s get this out of the way: Public space is, and always has been, political. Public spaces are the sites of protest–the places we exercise democracy.”

Dallas Is Finally Talking About Bicycles The Dallas Morning News, 1/2/18
“The other day, I once again found myself discussing dockless bike share. Someone said the only thing anyone in Dallas is talking about is bikes.”

Atlanta’s Piedmont Park Slated for $100 Million Expansion The Architect’s Newspaper, 1/2/18
“Late last month, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the city will kick in $20 million to expand Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, which sit just east of the city’s Ansely Park neighborhood.”

Top Trends in Parks and Recreation for 2018National Recreation and Parks Association Blog, 1/8/18
“Several years ago, what started as a lighthearted look at new, interesting and even controversial trends in the field of parks and recreation for the coming year, has now become an annual New Year tradition.”

Can Oman Build a Better Planned City?CityLab, 1/10/18
“The petro-states of the Persian Gulf do not lack for outlandish and ambitious urban projects: See the man-made islands of Dubai, a supertall curved skyscraper in Kuwait, or the enormous clock tower in Mecca that’s the size of six Big Bens.”

An Obama Tower in an Olmsted Park? Yes, But Design Still Needs RefinementThe Chicago Tribune, 1/13/18
“During his White House years, Barack Obama did not shy away from big, provocative political issues. The aesthetic instincts of the former president, who once wanted to be an architect, are proving no different.”

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Why the future looks promising Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 10:12

Whilst growing up in Australia in the 1970’s and 80’s the greatest environmental concern was the hole in the Ozone Layer. Fortunately, many nations signed up to the Montreal Protocol in 1987, and we have seen the reduction in the use of CFC’s and thankfully recent studies are showing signs that the Ozone layer hole is healing.

I have the same hopes for the Paris Climate Agreement signed in 2015 and that we should be positive about the future as we see a groundswell of public opinion pushing for change and see the awareness and risk perception increasing across the world about the perils of Climate Change.

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The world is facing a variety of environmental and social problems in cities, towns, and villages. Landscape Architects are problem solvers who understand the complexity of problems at a macro scale allowing them to be able to work with all disciplines to provide solutions that are holistic in their approach.

Image Credit – Port of Rotterdam
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The advancement and decreasing costs of technology is allowing us to more readily collect information in numerous formats allowing us to undertake analysis, and therefore model and implement solutions. With technology, we are also more empowered than ever to share research and projects through websites, social.media, and webinars.

Research & Prototyping

Growing university and practice-led research are leading to new solutions for problems that we face. PEG landscape architects have been working on researching and understanding the Delaware River in Philadelphia to transform the hard river edges into living shorelines. Their team sort to determine the best locations for wetlands and vegetated edges. However, when they started their research, the geospatial data available for the shoreline and river was either incomplete or missing. The team used a water drone with GPS and depth finder to collect data on the river edge.

Image Credit – PEG


After analysing the data with geospatial analysis, computational flow dynamics and parametric software PEG were able to develop a new design methodology: generative analysis.

With these new computational tools, and analytic data we can now directly inform design formation and organisation of the water edges. These tools have greatly expanded the ability to engage and guide complex physical processes and allow for prototypes to be developed for the Delaware River.

Image Credit – PEG

Resilient Landscapes

Resilient landscapes are adaptive and are able to retain their structure whilst accommodating environmental pressures and often extreme events. Yanweizhou Park is in Jinhua, China is a resilient landscape that accommodates annual flooding during monsoon season. The original plan by the city was to build flood walls along the river to create a dry parkland but destroy the wetlands, however, the landscape architecture team from Turenscape devised a more soft and resilient solution by utilising the existing wetlands and by also constructing terraced river embankment.

Image Credit – Turenscape

The design uses river currents for inspiration for the design and local cultural references for the curvilinear paths and serpentine bridges. The 700m long bridges connect communities from the 3 rivers and is elevated above the 200-year flood level while the ramps and paths are flooded on the lower wetland areas during a 20-year flood.

The design utilises permeable paving, bioswales, and terraces to treat the water before it enters into the open water in the wetland. During the flooding events, the terraced structure and paths survive with the flood with the flood-adapted native vegetation returning after the floods recede.

Image Credit – Turenscape

This project is a successful example of creating a resilient landscape that is a flexible, and adaptive to environmental and programmatic uses. It is a hybridised landscape that supports the environment and social functions of the city. 

Climate Adaptation

We are starting to see the Climate Adaptation and Climate Engineering take place in places such as Katwijk, in the Netherlands. Where the city and landscape architecture firm OKRA seek to improve the coastal defence of the village.

Image Credit – OKRA

The implemented design is a stone embankment covered by a broad sand dune that is planted with grasses. The dune also includes a 650 space underground carpark that is hidden from view along with an amphitheatre and path network.

Image Credit – OKRA

The view lines to the beach from the village where blocked by the new dunes, however, OKRA ensured that the main view lines informed the design of the path connections to the beach. The design creates an environmentally sensitive design to a problem that many cities will face in the coming future.

Image Credit – OKRA

These examples show that the outlook for the future is positive as we utilise technology and design to create landscape solutions that are a hybridisation of environmental and programmatic requirements, allow us to meld these two often competing pressures into positive solutions.

Presented by Damian Holmes – World Landscape Architecture at the World Design Summit in Montreal – October 16, 2017 as part of the IFLA Advisory Circle.

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Henley Square by TCL & Troppo Architects Print E-mail
Monday, 15 January 2018 09:49
TCL – Taylor Cullity Lethlean: Henley Beach, a seaside village of Adelaide, located on the St Vincent Gulf, was once imagined as a seaside resort for the City of Adelaide, as a popular place for sailing regattas, sports days on the beaches, swimming in the sea and promenading on the jetties. Yet the popularity and […] Add a comment
Pomegranate Inspired Community Social Plaza by ASPECT Studios Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:00

A new style of socially orientated community design brings an open plaza to the people of Hefei by Stephen Buckle and the team at ASPECT Studios Shanghai.

Wantou & Vanke Paradise Art Wonderland is located in the core area of the Xin Zhan District’s southwestern zone, with Shao Quan Lake and the civic green belt nearby. The vibrant and developing district is popular with millennials that have an appreciation for design and a unique pursuit for a high end modern living environment.

The landscape design vision was forged on the principle of providing residents with the diverse and dynamic experience of modern urban living within a singular location, offering a reflection of different urban environments such as urban plazas and civic parks, pocket parks, play and sports recreation all spaces are programmed to provide a range of experiences and offer a diverse range of facilities and activities for all ages, all structured to encourage social and community connectivity, as places to come together.

The overarching design reflects elements of the local community and culture, with the flower of the city – the Pomegranate – providing a strong source of inspiration to the design of the community social space, guiding the form, color and composition to create an energetic colorful, and bold experience. Combined with a dynamic socially orientated landscape program to meet the needs of the community and its people while encouraging interaction, connection and communication.

The initial phase consists of three main programmatic zones, urban pocket park, children’s play and community park, within each area creating different experiences as places where children, adults and the elderly can come together to enjoy the fun of play, the diversity of lifestyle, and the vibrancy and energy of the urban environment.

Standing as the centerpiece of the urban pocket park is the Pomegranate Flower, a light sculpture inspired by the stamens of the pomegranate flower, reaching high to create both a landmark and identity within the surrounding urban context. On the surface, rhythmic paving represents the wind and the shape of bespoke planters represent the petals blowing in the breeze with the active seating edges providing calm and comfortable clusters for people to rest, stay and connect. The compacted and layered arrangement of the pomegranate fruits provide reference for the shade shelters, creating an interesting shadow play on the ground whilst providing a backdrop to the entire space; allowing visitors and residents to rest in comfort during the hot summer months.

The children’s play space offers a diverse play and learning experience. Mountain-shaped play mounds with layered tonal change imitate the gradual changes and layers of the rock strata, while raising from a blue and green carpet represents the river and forest. Integrated within the spaces are the opportunities for children to come together and build essential social and physical skills: areas of free play and fixed play are all designed to encourage social interaction, sports, activity, challenges and development.

Community gatherings and public events all take place in the grand community park. The open public park is complimented by a collection of spaces for people to come together in smaller social groups. Within the spatial compositions there are large open multi-functional lawn, pergolas and feature seating to create a semi-enclosed space while small plazas, with tree clusters, form a multi-functional shaded space for group gathering.

‘With this project we looked to develop a socially focused people-oriented environment that is bold and inspiring, full of detailed experience and opportunities for the diversity of new urban life to play out on. The team and I had immense fun and enjoyment in developing, studying and creating each experience, space and detail. You can certainly feel this fun and passionate energy transfer to each space within the project as you walk around and enjoy.’ – Stephen Buckle, Shanghai Studio Director, ASPECT Studios.




Hefei Wantou & Vanke Paradise Art Wonderland Phase1

Location: Hefei, China
Client | An Hui Wangan Property/Hefei Vanke Property
Landscape Architect | ASPECT Studios 
Architect: Shanghai TianHau Architecture Design
Interior Designer | Kyle Chan & Associates Design
Landscape Construction | Shenzhen Pudao Landscape
Size | 15,100 Sqm
Completion | 2017

Photography |  Arch-exist

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Hardscape Akershuskaia by Pushak Print E-mail
Friday, 12 January 2018 13:23
Pushak: The new hardscape at Akershuskaia is a meeting place for people of all ages. It welcomes children playing and people mingling or relaxing while enjoying the view to Oslo’s maritime surroundings. The hardscape is situated between the old harbour buildings along the waterfront, and consists of sitting areas, slopes for reclining, play grounds and […] Add a comment
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