June 19, 2018

Registration Opens for ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia

Registration is now open for the 2018 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and EXPO planned for October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The annual meeting, featuring more than 350 exhibitors,  is the largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world. According to ASLA President Gregory A. Miller, FASLA, Philadelphia is the perfect setting for the annual meeting because it offers a mix of reverence toward history and inspiration for landscape architects as they address the changing world through sustainable design. “Philadelphia is famous for bringing bright minds together to accomplish the remarkable,” said Miller….

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Between earth and air: the agrAir project at Milan Design Week 2018


Drawing on the past to set the lifestyles of the future: that was the mission of agrAir, the installation designed by Piuarch for “Inhabits” event at Milan Design Week 2018. Located in the middle of piazza Castello in Milan, the project was conceived as an opportunity to re-think about the traditional setting of the urban fabric and to recover its values in the city of tomorrow. The key features of the projects – lightness, brightness, careful use of resources, eliminating the boundaries between interior and exterior, between natural and artificial spaces – were outlined in a balanced relationship between the…

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GMP collaborate with landscape architect Biuro Limba on landmark Polish stadium


International architecture practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have completed a conversion of Slaski Stadium in Chorzów, Poland, adding the largest translucent polycarbonate roof in Europe to the 50s-era landmark. The original building dates from 1956, and was design by architect Julian Brzuchowski and engineer Wiktor Pade. It was converted in the 1990s and served as a venue for music events, the Speedway motorcycle World Cup and as the home ground of the Polish national football team until 2007, when a new stadium was built to replace it in Warsaw. In order to bring Slaski up to date, gmp…

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Shortlist announced for Future Campus International Design Competition


Ninety-eight teams from 28 countries enter competition and UCD expands shortlist from five to six teams in recognition of outstanding response from international design community University College Dublin and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) revealed today the six shortlisted teams in the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition. The teams were the unanimous choice of a selection panel that was chaired by the competition jury chair Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of University College Dublin. The shortlist was expanded from the expected five to six in recognition of the outstanding response from the international design community. The finalist…

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Arup presented with one of the first UK Board of Trade Awards


Arup has been presented with one of the first UK Board of Trade Awards by the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. The award recognises excellence in trade and investment across the whole of the UK; and celebrates businesses that show exceptional innovation, encourages prosperity in their local communities, and champion free trade. Arup received the award in acknowledgement of its work to promote British exports, particularly through its partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) North West of England team. As a result, the firm has…

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Sharjah unveils first international platform on architecture


The northern emirate of Sharjah will be hosting the first platform on architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (Menasa) region, thus continuing its cultural engagement expansion in the UAE. Founded by Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Urban Planning Council, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial aims to stimulate debate on regional built environment by reframing on-going conversations from a regional perspective. Taking place in the UAE and engaging with regional and international discourse, the first edition commences in November 2019. The Sharjah Architecture Triennial is holding its first public programme, a panel discussion…

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ASLA Survey: demand high for residential landscapes with sustainability and active living elements

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People want to do downward-facing dogs in their sustainable designed backyards or shared outdoor spaces—while their phones are charging nearby. That is one of the possible conclusions of the 2018 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2018. The survey was fielded February 22 through March 8, 2018, with 808 responding. ASLA revised the survey this year to include new types of outdoor amenities that appeal to both single-family and multi-family owners and residents. Residential…

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Construction of Emaar’s Creek Horizon development reaches podium level


Located at the Dubai Creek Harbour master development, the Creek Horizon project will also offer individual townhouse opportunities. Emaar Properties’ Creek Horizon residential project at Dubai Creek Harbour, has now reached ground level. The project, following the theme of ‘living on an island’, offers a bold ‘destination living experience’ and comprises two towers, rising from a landscaped podium structure. Located at the Dubai Creek Harbour master development, the Creek Horizon project will also offer individual townhouse opportunities and shared leisure amenities, such as a swimming pool, gym and recreation areas, which will help to define a vibrant atmosphere in the…

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SMAR Architecture Studio appointed to design Science Island


Kaunas City Municipality announced this week the appointment of SMAR Architecture Studio, based in Australia and Spain, to design Lithuania’s new National Science and Innovation Centre, known colloquially as Science Island. SMAR was the highest ranked of three winners in the Science Island International Design Contest, which attracted 144 teams from 44 countries and was the most popular design competition ever held in Lithuania. The appointment completes the Negotiated Procedure without Publication of a Contract Notice – the second stage of the process following the original Design Contest; both processes were run to Lithuanian procurement regulations. The new €25m science…

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ASLA applauds passage of Congressional Spending Bill

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) applauds Congress for passing a fiscal year 2018 spending bill that provides funding for programs vital to American communities. This bill takes important steps toward upgrading our nation’s infrastructure, improving our water management systems and increasing funding for parks, forests and federal lands. The Society has long advocated for the increased funding of green infrastructure, including releasing a series of recommendations last year that urged policymakers to support a comprehensive plan for transportation, water and natural systems. The spending bill as passed ensures that support. “The bipartisan passing of this bill is evidence…

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