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Latest News in Landscape Architecture

Latest News in Landscape Architecture


In this week’s news, we take a look at stories relating to the success of thought-provoking research, the celebration of one firm’s growth, and the work of one of the most influential designers of our time. We also recognize impactful designs in Sydney, Australia, and look forward to the next ASLA annual meeting and EXPO in Denver.

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The readers of are being asked to vote for their favorite public open space in Sydney. Run by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the award recognizes the creative and innovative use of landscape architecture. The online poll consists of five finalists. The lucky winner will be honored at the AILA annual awards night Nov. 7 at the University of Technology in Sydney.

The contenders seem to have a diverse range of projects that vary from a Lemur Forest Adventure at the Taronga Zoo, which maximizes the sequential experience of walking through the zoo, to the Rhodes Peninsula John Whitton Bridge Open Space that was transformed from an unloved space into one full of life and activities. The competition is surely a difficult one to judge when the entries are all so different. Take a look at one of the contenders below.

WATCH:Architecture in Focus – One Central Park, Sydney

To celebrate one of the most influential modernist landscape architects of the 20th century, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy have announced an exhibition displaying commissioned photographs of significant landscapes across the United States and abroad. The photographic exhibition consists of 45 photographs that show 27 of Dan Kiley’s more than 1,000 projects worldwide. The exhibition of his achievement will run from Nov 7 until Dec. 31.

The American Society of Landscape Architects has announced its annual meeting and EXPO for this year in Denver. From Nov. 21-24, the event is expected to draw 5,000 attendees and feature as many as 500 exhibitors. The event is a great way to network with fellow professionals and get in touch with the bigger scope of things happening in the current world of landscape architecture.

WATCH: ASLA 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo Highlights

If you’re able to travel to Denver for the big event, don’t miss out on the 130 education sessions, such as agriculture and local food production, green roofs and living walls, healthcare and therapeutic design, parks and recreation design, plants and soils, sustainable design, transportation and complete streets, urban design, stormwater management, and wetlands.

The landscape architects who brought Gardens by the Bay to Singapore have revealed their new design for a $1.1 billion landscape and public realm project in Singapore. Since expanding their office in Singapore, Grant Associates’ focus has been on the design of Capitol Singapore, a mixed-used redevelopment of a heritage site in the city’s downtown civic district featuring an innovative new plaza to complement the three buildings.

Their success in Asia has also been expanding, as they also pioneer toward the design of a sustainable university campus for the new Vietnamese-German University in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. We surely can look forward to the firm’s continual innovative designs. Watch the video below to see why their design ethos and passion has led them to such success.

WATCH: Grant Associates, Landscape Architects – Overview Film

According to the research by professor William C. Sullivan and Bin Jiang from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois, viewing 3D videos of tree-lined residential streets significantly aids in people’s recovery from stressful events. We have always known that exposure to nature can help aid our wellbeing. This study looks into how a specific amount of exposure can aid in these these calming effects.

There was a positive correlation that derived from the study that showed that watching videos with minimal tree coverage had calming effects for less than 41 percent of the participants. When the tree coverage was increased to 36 percent, almost 90 percent of the participants reported feeling calm and relaxed. Such studies can help aid in how we design places for people from the smallest to the largest scale, as Sullivan explains. Indeed, these kinds of inventive studies can pave the way for more thoughtful designs that impact our wellbeing.

We hope this week’s update has given you some interesting insights to share with your fellow professionals and friends. For all of the hottest news, continue to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Have news to share? Send to

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