21. February 2014 /

7th International Urban Design Conference

Adelaide, South Australia, is venue of the International Urban Design Conference (photo: Doug Barber, wikipedia.org) The 7th International Urban Design Conference will be held in Adelaide, Australia, from Monday the 1st to...
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18. February 2014 /

New: Bagels from Martha’s shop

The Bagel comes in a black lacquered display box (photo: Martha Schwartz Partners) A new design product is sold from a landscape architect's online shop: a bronze bagel with a weight of about one kilogram which was designed by...
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12. February 2014 / Ana Arana

A green line for Aguascalientes

all pictures: ags prensa The 12-kilometer long linear park La Linea Verde – the green line – in Aguascalientes, Mexico, is one of Latin America’s most extraordinary urban green spaces. The park’s lush lawns march up and down...
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06. February 2014 /

Dutch team wins in Reykjavik

Rendering and plan by felixx and jvantspijker Two Rotterdam based offices jvantspijker and Felixx will design the new redevelopment plan of an industrial seaside area in Reykjavik, Iceland. The firms have won the first prize...
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04. February 2014 /

Broadcast: my place – their place – our place

graphic: Peter Marquardt, lemotox (podcastlogo.lemotox.de) In space of Vienna’s 5th district (Margareten) bachelor students at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space of Vienna University of Technology...
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30. January 2014 /

New York’s Times Square Redesign

Rendering by Snøhetta In 2010, the New York City Department of Design and Construction and the New York City Department of Transportation selected Snøhetta to lead the design of the new public spaces in Times Square. While the...
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28. January 2014 / Sigrid Ehrmann

Habima Square in Tel Aviv – Revisited by Sigrid Ehrmann

  At first sight the square is an empty vast open space dominated by Menashe Kadishman's sculpture 'Hitromemut' (Fotos: Sigrid Ehrmann) Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv's famous avenue, is buzzing with people on a sunny October...
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23. January 2014 /

Team around Gillespies won Russia Park competition

Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield and an international consortium including Gillespies, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Buro Happold and Rider Levett Bucknall have been selected as the winner of the competition for...
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20. January 2014 /

New Visitor Centre for Hammershus, Denmark

  The team of Arkitema, Buro Happold, and Professor Christoffer Harlang was chosen from 53 competition entries to design the new visitor centre for Hammershus, one of Denmark’s most important and ancient monuments. The new...
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15. January 2014 /

Lookout: Exhibition about architecture with a view in Basel

Lookout Point, Ruta del Peregrino, Elemental; photo: Iwan BaanLas Cruces, Mexiko 2011 Until 9th February the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel S AM presents the exhibition "Lookout. Architecture with a view." Perceiving...
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20. December 2013 /

Out now: Topos 85, Open Space

This topic takes us to extremely disparate urban realities. It is all about places that reconstruct infrastructure into connecting open spaces and parks right in the middle of cities such as Helsinki, Melbourne and Berlin. In...
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19. December 2013 / Robert Schäfer

Lyon: Light installations inside tunnel

Lyon, the important commercial city located where the rivers Rhône and Saône meet, has contrived an excellent instrument to step out from under the shadow of the metropolis of Paris: light. Established in 1989, the Plan Lumière...
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11. December 2013 /

Laufen Manifesto for a Humane Design Culture

Cities in the developing world are increasingly defined by non-formal patterns of urbanization. As a result, the physical character and economic, political and social dynamics of many of the world’s fastest growing cities fit...
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10. December 2013 /

Garden of the 21st Century, Lazienki Park, Warsaw

A team consisting of DELVA Landscape Architects, Michael van Gessel, Mecanoo and Jojko Nawrocki Architekci won the competition to design the 2.5-hectare “Garden of the 21st Century” and integrated exhibition pavilion in...
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09. December 2013 /

West Point Foundry Preserve Park: open to the public

  West Point Foundry Preserve Park designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects was recently opened to the public. The park is located in the Village of Cold Spring, New York, on a dramatic 87-acre, forested site along the...
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04. December 2013 /

Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition decided

  A submission led by Janet Rosenberg & Studio has recently been selected as the winning proposal for the “Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition” for the development of the Campus of the University of...
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28. November 2013 /

Canterbury Cathedral Competition decided

  The team led by Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects has recently won the Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition. Their proposal is distinctive in approaching the sensitive and historic site with a...
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26. November 2013 /

Governors Island Park: first phase completed

  Recently the first phase of the park on Governors Island in New York City designed by West 8 was completed. On November 14 Mayor Bloomberg planted the final tree of the new park in Liggett Terrace.     The new 30 acres...
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14. November 2013 /

Competition for Zaryadye Park, Moscow: 2nd Prize

As reported on this blog, the team of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York, is the winner of the international competition for the concept of Zaryadye Park in Moscow (images of the winning scheme are featured here). The second...
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13. November 2013 /

Competition for Zaryadye Park in Moscow decided

  The team of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York, is the winner of the international competition for the concept of Zaryadye Park in Moscow. The second prize went to the consortium of TPO Reserve (Moscow) and the team headed...
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31. October 2013 / Peter Zöch

Behind the Green Door

The fifth edition of the Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) is currently being held in the Norwegian capital and continues through 1 December. The main exhibition of the biggest architecture event in the Nordic region takes a...
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29. October 2013 /

FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway] competition: winners announced

  The proposal "Small Means and Great Ends" by White Arkitekter of Stockholm together with Arup and Gensler was recently selected as the winning design solution for the FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway] design competition....
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24. October 2013 /

ASLA 2013 Honors: Firm Award for Reed Hilderbrand

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced the 2013 Honors recipients. Selected by ASLA's Board of Trustees, the Honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. Reed Hilderbrand wins the...
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16. October 2013 /

Karin Helms awarded in Versailles

Karin Helms, professor at the Ecole Nationale supérieure du paysage Versailles/Marseille received the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms), recognizing her achievements in Landscape Architecture Education. The...
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14. October 2013 /

Book on World Heritage Convention

In 1972, UNESCO put in place the World Heritage Convention, a highly successful international treaty that influences heritage activity in virtually every country in the world. Focusing on the Convention's creation and early...
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07. October 2013 /

2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design was recently awarded to two projects, The Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia. (The Urban Integration Projects in...
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02. October 2013 /

ASLA Announces 2013 Professional and Student Awards

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2013 Professional Awards and Student Awards. The awards honour the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning...
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01. October 2013 /

Out now: Topos 84, Urban Strategies

Urban planning is not a linear process. Many interests, above all financial ones, determine the development of cities. Sometimes planning is legitimised by ­official designations, sometimes it is in opposition to the needs of...
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26. September 2013 /

James A. van Sweden, 1935 - 2013

    James Anthony van Sweden, internationally acclaimed landscape architect and author, died Friday, September 20, 2013, at his home in Washington, D.C., after a prolonged illness. He was 78. Van Sweden, along with Wolfgang...
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24. September 2013 / Daniel Elsea

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

  The third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is the kind of event that attempts to capture the design zeitgeist. Lisbon is a fitting city for this exploration. It has great venues and it is crying out for renewal...
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13. September 2013 /

Topos conference in Munich: Strategic Urbanism

After Zurich, Berlin, and Barcelona this year’s conference of the Topos journal took place in Munich on 10 September. The conference, held in English, bore the title “Strategic Urbanism”, a concept that may not be unknown but...
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12. September 2013 /

2013 Topos Landscape Award for Peter Latz

For his lifetime achievement, landscape architect Peter Latz received the 2013 Topos Landscape Award. The prize was awarded in Munich on 10 September on the occasion of the Topos conference on “Strategic Urbanism”. The...
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02. September 2013 /

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in New York City opened

    Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park designed by Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi has recently opened to the public. The project was featured in Topos 81 on “Water Landscapes”. The opening of the northern...
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27. August 2013 /

Art along the Emscher River, Germany

The second instalment of the EMSCHERKUNST exhibition series along the banks of the Emscher River invites guests on a journey of art discovery at unexpected locations in the public sphere (on display until October 6). The total...
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22. August 2013 / Kelly Shannon

Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture

Photomontages, collages of cut paper, photographs, acrylic and pastels and paper: these are a few among the many mixed media featured in the small, but ambitious, first landscape exhibit in the new Hostetter Gallery of the Renzo...
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21. August 2013 /

Call for entries: memorial competition in Norway

In commemoration of the terror attacks of July 22, 2011, the Norwegian Government is to establish two national public art memorial sites – one in Hole and one in Oslo. As a first step in planning the memorials, artists,...
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14. August 2013 /

Exhibition and book: Torre David – Informal Vertical Communities

  Torre David, a 45-story skyscraper in Caracas, has remained uncompleted since the Venezuelan economy collapsed in 1994. Today, it is the improvised home to more than 750 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous squat,...
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08. August 2013 /

How can one manage the enormous tasks appearing in cities?

Slogans like climate change, shifting centres of power, sustenance and protection of natural resources, quality of life and social welfare are just phrases suitable only for use in politics. But how can we plan projects within...
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04. August 2013 / Karol Grygolec

The Abstracted Life of Geelhandplaats, Antwerp

Social housing in Belgium is often perceived as a burden for those living in the residential neighborhoods where housing projects are constructed. Its presence can even initiate the economic decline of surrounding private...
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01. August 2013 / Tamsin Faragher

Battle for the Philippi Horticultural Area lost

The Philippi Horticultural Area on the Cape Flats in South Africa is an effective agricultural area which feeds the city. It is also known to grow about 80 percent of Cape Town’s vegetables. In issue 82 “About Landscape”, Topos...
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27. July 2013 /

Rijksmuseum Garden

An exhibition of important monumental works by Henry Moore has opened at the Rijksmuseum’s new garden. Copijn Tuin en Landschapsarchitecten took architect Pierre Cuypers’ original plan for the garden of 1901 as their starting...
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25. July 2013 /

A miniature of the Texan landscape

The landscape architecture at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is a conceptual cross-section of Texas ecology – 773 miles of terrain and plant life transformed into an abstract expression of rocky, rolling, and...
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17. July 2013 / Udo Weilacher

Learning from Duisburg-Nord – Topos Award

German landscape architect Peter Latz has been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2013. The award ceremony will take place on 10 September in Munich as part of the Topos conference Strategic Urbanism. His project Duisburg-Nord...
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14. July 2013 /

Redevelopment Vision for the Noordelijk Havenhoofd, The Hague

KCAP Architects&Planners have released their vision for the redevelopment of the Noordelijk Havenhoofd in Scheveningen. This district of The Hague is located directly at the North Sea and is well known as a sea resort and...
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10. July 2013 / Peter Zöch

Topos Landscape Award 2013 goes to Peter Latz

German landscape architect Peter Latz has been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2013. This is the first time that Topos has honoured a landscape architect for his life’s work (award ceremony as part of the Topos conference...
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10. July 2013 /

Holcim Awards: Open for Entry

The Holcim Awards is one of the most significant competitions in its field in terms of reputation and international scope. The fourth cycle of the competition offering a total of USD 2 million in prize money is now open for...
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07. July 2013 /

Square & Round

Kongjian Yu (Turenscape) has designed a small rain garden for the 22nd International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire, France. Named “Carré & Rond” (Square & Round), meaning Land and Sky, the design is a contemporary...
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02. July 2013 /

Out now: Topos 83, Plants and Design

Designing with plants is an obvious activity for gardeners and landscape architects. Plants as building materials for all occasions are sometimes appreciative and straightforward companions of architecture. At times, however,...
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25. June 2013 /

Strategic Urbanism: Topos Conference on 10 September in Munich, Germany

Discussion about megatrends and presentation of the Topos Landscape Award 2013! Where is the discipline of landscape architecture heading? The Topos Conference 2013 will be held in Munich on 10 September and immediately...
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20. June 2013 /

Lizard Log Parklands, Sydney

Landscape architects McGregor Coxall have recently unveiled their redesign of the Lizard Log parklands in Western Sydney, Australia. The original parklands (formerly known as Pimelea) were constructed prior to the 2000 Sydney...
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11. June 2013 /

Winners of 2013 EDRA Great Places Awards announced

Seven exemplary projects in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and urban design have recently been announced as the winners of the 2013 EDRA Great Places Awards. They were honoured during the 44th annual conference...
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27. May 2013 / Topos Editors

Want a free digital subscription to Topos?

  We at Topos are pleased to see our online fan base growing. In the last two years we have gained almost 5,000 fans on our Facebook page – where we endeavour to regularly post interesting and up-to-date news items in the...
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22. May 2013 /

Margie Ruddick receives US National Design Award for Landscape Architecture

The winners of the 2013 US National Design Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines, were recently announced. The 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Award Winner for Landscape Architecture is...
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16. May 2013 / Karsten Jørgensen

Landscape architect Bjarne Aasen turns 80

Bjarne Aasen was born in Melhus at Trondheim in 1933. He has been involved in landscape-related professions since 1950, when he began working as an apprentice gardener at the Tomb Agricultural School in Østfold, south of Oslo....
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13. May 2013 /

IABR–2014– Urban by Nature– Call for Projects

The sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE–, opens in May 2014 in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. The Dutch landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the curator and the theme is...
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06. May 2013 /

Winners of Borderless: Designing Future ASEAN Borders

The winning schemes have recently been announced for the Borderless: Designing Future ASEAN Borders international design competition. “In order to achieve "borderless", we must understand the space of the borders themselves.” -...
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01. May 2013 /

Fuksas wins Baricentrale Railway Competition, Italy

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas along with Jordi Henrich i Monràs have won the international design competition for the railway area "Baricentrale." The competition launched by the Municipality of Bari, aimed to promote the...
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19. April 2013 /

European Spallation Source in Lund, Sweden

Danish landscape architects SLA, together with a team consisting of Henning Larsen Architects and COBE, have won the design competition for the new European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden. The project will be the world’s...
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17. April 2013 /

Designing the Healthy Main Street, Syracuse, New York

A team led by Stoss Landscape Urbanism, including Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Nitsch Engineering, and Angie Cradock ScD, MPE has recently been selected as the winning design team for the Movement on Main: Designing the Healthy...
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14. April 2013 /

LOLA Landscape Architects win Maaskant Prize 2013

The Rotterdam based landscape architecture practice LOLA have recently been awarded the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize for Young Architects 2013. The 5,000 € prize is intended to lift the public profile of young Dutch offices (with...
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11. April 2013 /

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award 2013 goes to Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles

The Portuguese landscape architect Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles is the winner of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award 2013, the premier award of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles has made...
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04. April 2013 / Adrienne Heflich

New Housing Models Proposed for New York City

The adAPT NYC Competition and “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York address shared aims: to improve the quality and lower the costs of housing available to New York’s...
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02. April 2013 /

Carlo Scarpa Prize XXIV – Skrudur, Iceland

Every year since 1990, the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche has promoted and carried out an awareness-raising campaign – the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens – dedicated to a place which is particularly rich in...
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27. March 2013 /

Vision Competition: Recycling Socialism

  What to do with an ideal idea? Should totality be attacked with totality? Can geometric order be enjoyable to live in? What is there to recycle for today’s life and new utopias of the future? The TAB 2013 Vision Competition...
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21. March 2013 /

Out now: Topos 82, About Landscape

All around the world people associate something different with the term landscape. However, it is man who shapes landscapes all over the globe, often changing them irrevocably, as in the case of oil sands extraction in Canada,...
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18. March 2013 / Ricky Ricardo

CAPITheticAL Winners

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Australia's capital city Canberra, an international design competition was held, asking designers and students to speculate on how an Australian national capital might look if it were...
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13. March 2013 /

New Waterfront for Downtown Shanghai

Huangpu River Banks Development selected the planning firms Inbo and NITA to design the master plan for the Xin Hua Pudong waterfront development. The 45-hectare site on the Huangpu River is located directly in the heart of...
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10. March 2013 /

ReThink Athens

A collaboration between OKRA landscape architects, Mixst Urbanism and Wageningen University has won the prestigious competition ReThink Athens. The winning plan, called ‘One Step Beyond’ aims to bring contemporary ideas regarding...
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03. March 2013 /

City Centre of Floda, Sweden

The landscape architecture and urban planning offices Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden have won an architectural competition for the future city centre of Floda with their “Down by the River” proposal.  Floda is a small Swedish...
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27. February 2013 /

Guangzhou Huadi Fangcun Sustainable Master Plan Competition

Guangzhou Liwan Planning department  announced two winning schemes for the Guangzhou Huadi Fangcun Sustainable Master Plan Competition: Scheme 1: West 8 urban design & landscape architecture (all images)Scheme 2: GZPI; Rainer...
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22. February 2013 / RR

Peter Walker – a Visionary in Urban Development

World renowned landscape architect Peter Walker was recently awarded the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Walker is the first landscape architect to win the coveted...
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20. February 2013 /

Averbode Abbey Square wins Public Space Award

The Averbode Abbey Square in Belgium, designed by OMGEVING, has won the Belgian Public Space Award 2013. The century-old abbey was recently given a new lease on life with a rejuvenated courtyard – the centrepiece of which is a...
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13. February 2013 / Ricky Ricardo

High Line Executive Director to Step Down

Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond announced on Monday that he will be stepping down from his position as Executive Director of the non-profit group at the end of this year. Mr. Hammond played a leading role in...
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07. February 2013 / Ricky Ricardo

Silent Creek: SCAPE to uncover stream buried for 100 years

New York based landscape architecture studio SCAPE have recently won a competition to design a master plan to "daylight" the buried Town Branch Creek flowing beneath Lexington, Kentucky. According to The Architect's Newspaper,...
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30. January 2013 /

Superkilen Honored in AIA Awards 2013

The Superkilen project by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Topotek1 in Copenhagen was honored with an Award for Regional and Urban Design within the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Awards 2013. The Institute Honor Awards for...
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25. January 2013 / Puspita Galih Resi, Alexander Ivan Saputra

Emerging Jakarta: ill-equipped to cope with changing climate

At the beginning of January intense monsoonal rain along with rising sea levels and high tides has caused heavy flooding across the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. The city's worst flood in five years has forced more than 20 000...
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24. January 2013 /

A New City Centre for Utrecht

As a part of the CU2030 program, the municipality of Utrecht is working together with its partners on a new station area, which will later form the new centre of Utrecht, alongside its historic city centre. The program involves...
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21. January 2013 / Xiaodi Zheng

Can You See?

Finally, we see sunshine again in Beijing. During the past several days, news and photos of severe air pollution in Beijing and some other cities raised hot debate in China, also attracting the world’s attention. On Jan. 12th,...
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19. January 2013 / Ricky Ricardo

Detroit Future City

Released earlier this month, Detroit Future City is a 50-year blueprint for the revitalisation of Detroit. The city — which lost a quarter-million people in the last decade — currently has at least 30,000 empty homes and 20...
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18. January 2013 /

SMART CITY – Call for Exhibition Proposals

The internationally acclaimed gallery, Aedes Architecture Forum, together with the Goethe Institut/South-East Asia are preparing an exhibition titled ‘SMART CITY: The Next Generation’ under the guidance of curator Ulla Giesler....
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13. January 2013 / Bonnie Grant

Fighting Fire with Fire

Every year near Christmas time Australia burns. Fire has burnt 50,000 hectares of bushland in Tasmania and grass fires have lashed through Wallan just north of Melbourne. In New South Wales an out of control fire spread across...
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12. January 2013 /

Town Centre of Venray - Best Public Space 2012 (NL)

Last month Ruud Dubbeld, director and landscape architect at MTD landschapsarchitecten, was presented with the Falco Award for the 'Best Public Space 2012' at the National Public Space Congress in Madurodam, the Netherlands. The...
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06. January 2013 /

The Wheelwright Prize

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has recently announced the launch of the Wheelwright Prize, a 100,000 USD traveling fellowship awarded annually to talented early-career architects worldwide proposing exceptional...
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22. December 2012 /

Viewing Tower on the Vecht Riverbank in Dalfsen

Completed earlier this month, Ateliereen have designed a twenty meter high viewing tower that provides a commanding view over the river Vecht, in the municipality of Dalfsen (NL).The starting point for the design is a straight...
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20. December 2012 /

West 8 wins competition in San Francisco

West 8 has won the design competition for the 13-acre Fort Mason Center waterfront campus in San Francisco. The three-month long competition sought creative and practical design concepts to further enliven and integrate the site....
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20. December 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

The Louvre Lens Museum Park

The Louvre Lens, a new sister museum of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, has recently opened in the industrial city of Lens in northern France. The low-laying buildings clad in glass and stainless steel were designed by japanese...
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19. December 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Sienapriset 2012: Hornsbergs Strandpark in Stockholm

Hornsbergs Strandpark has recently won the most prestigious landscape award in Sweden: the Sienapriset 2012. The park, by Stockholm architects Nyréns, is a 700 meter long linear space which sits between a new urban development...
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18. December 2012 /

Birmingham: First Urban Park for Over a Century

Eastside City Park, Birmingham’s first new park for 130 years, was recently completed. London-based architecture practice Patel Taylor with French landscape architect Allain Provost transformed a city-centre brownfield site,...
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13. December 2012 /

Out now: Topos 81, Water Landscapes

Water is the most important medium for landscape architects. From garden design to spatial planning – and putting plants aside – most attention is given to water. On the one hand it is often both scarce and valuable, and...
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12. December 2012 / Robert Schäfer

Oslo – an underestimated city

Out now: Oslo. A Guide to New Landscape Architecture (please order here: deal@toposmagazine.com): Oslo is now one of the most noticeably growing capital cities in Europ. Migration to the city from the hinterland is continuing...
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06. December 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Reconnecting Barcelona with Collserola Natural Park

Architecture studio Taller Sau have won first place in the Les 16 portes de Collserola, porta 13 competition. The competition was about rethinking the border between the natural park of Collserola and the City of Barcelona....
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05. December 2012 / Frederick Steiner

Learning from La Villette: From Frogs to Follies

The internationally acclaimed competition for a new park on the grounds of the former abattoir la Villette was decided 30 years ago in Paris. The Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, with offices in Paris and New York, won with a...
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05. December 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

AILA Victoria Awards

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (Victoria Branch) Awards were recently announced in Melbourne on the 23rd of November, with the top prize "the Victoria Medal for Landscape Architecture" going to Keast Park,...
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03. December 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Landscape, Architecture and Wine

Madrid-based Rivas y Urena Arquitectos have won first place in the Arquideas International Competition: “Landscape, Architecture and Wine.” The site for the competition was the famous winery Cvune in La Rioja, Spain. The winning...
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28. November 2012 / Peter Zöch

Flood diversion channel of Sogi Falls wins Good Design Award

The flood diversion channel of Sogi Falls in Japan by Yuji Hoshino was recently awarded a Good Design Sustainable Design Award by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) for its epoch-making civil engineering design that...
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27. November 2012 /

Model for Sustainable Design: Canal Park in Washington, D.C.

Canal Park in Washington, D.C., recently opened to the public, is one of the first parks built as part of the District's Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. Canal Park is a model of sustainable design, serving as a pilot project for...
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22. November 2012 / Peter Zöch

Design without Borders

It´s not always just the big visions that contribute to improving daily life in developing countries, but – maybe more important – also small projects and products. The exhibition Design without Borders – Creating Change, on...
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21. November 2012 / Peter Zöch

Now in English: the texts of Lucius Burckhardt

The Swiss political economist, sociologist, art historian and planning theorist Lucius Burckhardt (1925-2003) is well known as founding father of „strollology“ (featured in Topos 56). The professor at the University of Kassel was...
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16. November 2012 / Peter Zöch

Conferences on Landscape and Infrastructure

Academic discussion nowadays circle around the notion of infrastructure, around landscape strategies and ecological processes, and the role of Green Infrastructure in the transformation of landscapes and urban regions. Three...
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13. November 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

North Wharf Promenade Wins WAN Award

Auckland's new North Wharf Promenade, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Wraight and Associates, has recently won the World Architecture News Urban Regeneration Award 2012. The award celebrates and promotes the best in...
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09. November 2012 / Peter Zöch

Newly opened Four Freedoms Park Survived Sandy

Nearly forty years after its commission and just before Hurricane Sandy hit New York, the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City was opened. The new memorial park survived Sandy without major damage. Louis I....
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07. November 2012 / Susannah C. Drake

Lower Manhattan: A New Urban Ground

Topos published the concepts for "A New Urban Ground" in Topos 73 – a short reminder of the ideas and approaches by ARO & DLANDSTUDIO, Stephen Cassell, Susannah C. Drake, Adam Yarinsky: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,...
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06. November 2012 /

The CityDeck in Green Bay Completed

Boston-based Landscape Architecture Firm Stoss Landscape Urbanism, winner of the Topos Landscape Award 2012, completed their project The CityDeck in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. It is a new connective infrastructure along the...
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02. November 2012 / Susannah C. Drake

New York waterfronts after Sandy

After super-storm Sandy the New York based landscape architect Susannah C. Drake explored her neighbourhoods, thinking of how planners can prepare our cities for similar weather events in the future: Two days after super-storm...
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31. October 2012 / Peter Zöch

A walk through Gardens by the Bay

Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, has recently won the World Building of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2012. Topos 78 features Gardens by the Bay, the largest landscape...
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26. October 2012 / Peter Zöch

Metro movie “Trains of Thoughts”

Urban infrastructures serve the collective city life and develop a life of their own, be it as ecological niches or as sociological biotopes. The Austrian documentary filmmaker Timo Novotny reflects in his audio-visual essay...
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24. October 2012 / Peter Zöch

Mobility of the Future: American Dream Reloaded

What is the future of mobility? And how can this shape our cities and urban areas? Höweler + Yoon Architecture provide some possible answers. They won with their project "Shareway 2030" the 100,000 euro Audi Urban Future Award...
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24. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Design Waller Creek – Winning Team Announced

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and Thomas Phifer & Partners have been selected as the winning team for the Design Waller Creek Competition. The competition brief asked leading professionals to re-envision the role of a...
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24. October 2012 /

IFLA50 Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change

New Zealand will be hosting the 50th International Federation of Landscape Architects Congress (IFLA) in Auckland from 10th – 12th April 2013. The theme for the 50th IFLA World Congress will focus on knowledge sharing around the...
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19. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Snøhetta to build Visitor Centre for the Lascaux Caves

The Lascaux Caves are a setting of complex of caves in southwestern France, famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. The original caves are located near the village of Montignac in the départment of Dordgone. Snøhetta and their...
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17. October 2012 /

Democratic Green

A conference on “Democratic Green – 40 Years Olympia Park Munich” will be taking place soon at the Technical University Munich, October 25-26 (in German). In the current 80th issue of Topos Prof. Regine Keller writes about the...
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15. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Wild Kingdom Playspace

Topos 79 dedicated a special section to the legacy planning of the London 2012 Olympics,  featuring projects which were completed in time for the games. This newly opened play-space on Three Mills Green, called the Wild Kingdom,...
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10. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Lost Rivers

Lost Rivers, a documentary about ‘the past, present, and future of the world's lost urban rivers’, premiers tonight in Toronto at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival - October 10, 2012. The film is written and...
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05. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Scholars' Green Park Wins Award of Excellence

gh3 and Terraplan were recently awarded a Mississauga Urban Design Award of Excellence for Scholars' Green Park at the new Sheridan College.The Jury commented: “The park unites the first college building, the local community and...
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05. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Winners of best private plots - Die besten Gärten 2012

The office Mann Landscape Architecture has won the "Best Private Plots 2012" – international prize for private gardens . The office received the award for their Garden Labyrinth in Erfurt. The second prize went to Ewa...
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04. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Rosa Barba Prize 2012 Awarded to Cap de Creus Restoration

Featured back in Topos 79, the Cap de Creus project by Martí Franch (EMF Landscape Architecture) and Ton Ardèvol (J/T Ardèvol i Associats) has been awarded the Rosa Barba Prize 2012 at the 7th European Landscape Biennial in...
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02. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Barcelona: Landscape Biennial featured Topos

After a prolonged dry period in southern Spain, last week saw the breaking of the drought. Barcelona, where the 7th European Biennial of Landscape Architecture was taking place, escaped the worst of the front – however the heavy...
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01. October 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

First, the Forests

First, the Forests explores forestry and its uncharted relationships with planning and design. The exhibition reframes forestry as an activity that creates highly designed environments and examines the connections between natural...
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21. September 2012 /

Out now: Topos 80, The World of Landscape Architecture

With this issue Topos marks its 20th anniversary, having now published 80 thematic editions. Just as landscape belongs to a state of constant flux, so too does the profession. With this issue Topos reflects broadly on the...
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21. September 2012 / Peter Zöch

Ruta del Peregrino at the Venice Biennale

Along the Ruta del Peregrino, the route of the pilgrim, people adore the Virgin of Talpa. Each year, approximately two million people from different states of Mexico participate in the pilgrimage, walking the 117 kilometre long...
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21. September 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Transiting Cities Competition

  Transiting Cities, Low Carbon Futures is an international ideas competition calling on renowned international designers and academic institutions from a wide range of disciplines including architects, landscape architects,...
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10. September 2012 / Ricky Ray Ricardo

Brussels Express

The video below, Brussels Express, is a beautifully shot 20 minute documentary about the boom of bicycle messengers in Brussels – a city where cycling only makes up 4% of all traffic – rather poor in comparison to its...
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07. September 2012 / Peter Zöch

The Unstable Ground of Venice – the Irish contribution at the Venice Biennale

After wandering through the many different exhibition spaces in the Arsenale, the Irish contribution offers a welcome chance for a break and some seesawing on an oscillating bench – a simple but sophisticated, playful but...
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07. September 2012 /

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award 2012 goes to Mihály Möcsényi

The Hungarian Professor Mihály Möcsényi today has been awarded with this year’s Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award at the IFLA World Congress in Capetown, South Africa. This award is the highest honour that the International...
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04. September 2012 / Peter Zöch

Venice Architecture Biennale: impressions from a landscape perspective

Every two years, the international architectural world meets in Venice for introspection. Last week marked the official opening of the 13th Architecture Biennale. David Chipperfield, the curator, chose Common Ground as the theme...
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29. August 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Qunli Stormwater Park Takes Top ASLA Prize

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2012 Professional Awards and Student Awards this week. The Award of Excellence was given to the Qunli Stormwater Park in Haerbin City (Heilongjiang...
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20. August 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

From Skateboarding to Landscape Architecture

"Second Nature" A Documentary Film About Janne Saario from ELEMENT SKATEBOARDS on Vimeo.   The short film allows a glimpse of Saario’s thoughts and dreams, which float between design, art and skateboarding. Though it also...
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06. August 2012 / Robert Schäfer

The Norwegian National Tourist Routes

To mark the 20th anniversary of Topos, edition 80 (due out September) will celebrate landscape architecture as a profession. For this reason the editors chose to recognize two initiatives that together show the range of planning...
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06. August 2012 / Robert Schäfer

7th European Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona

The Catalan landscape architects have managed to establish in Barcelona one of the most important events for the profession - the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture. The event, which takes place from September 27 - 29,...
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31. July 2012 / Robert Schäfer

Abalimi Bezekhaya – Cape Town’s Green Revolution

To mark the 20th anniversary of Topos, the editors have assigned two Special Recognitions to two very different kinds of initiatives. Together they both mark the broad field in which we operate. One is recognition of the...
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31. July 2012 /

IFLA Conference in Cape Town – Landscapes in Transition

The Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA) is hosting the next World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) in Cape Town 4-7 September 2012.ILASA, the national body for...
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27. July 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

London 2012: Looking Beyond the Games

With the Opening Ceremony only hours away, all eyes are turning to London for the commencement of the London 2012 Olympics. This will be the third time the city has hosted the event in its modern form, having done so in both 1908...
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27. July 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Big Rain: Infrastructure and the bottom line

The recent heavy rain in Beijing, China has completely overwhelmed the city, causing catastrophic flooding which has killed 77 people, as of Friday, 27 July 2012. Images of the city underwater have crested on the internet and in...
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25. July 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Pure Vanilla Moments: Documenta 13

There seems to be something almost decadent and old world about an international art event that occurs once every five years. Documenta 13, currently taking place for a total of 100 days in Kassel, Germany, is just this kind of...
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23. July 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

New Zealand Urban Design Awards 2012

A new awards program has recently been announced in New Zealand to assist in the promotion of high quality urban design & place-making in towns and cities alike. The NZ Urban Design Awards 2012 program comprises two...
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13. July 2012 /

The Rome Prize 2012

  Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.Fellows are chosen from...
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12. July 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Landscape Architecture High on Mushrooms

We generally think of mushrooms as being elusive, hidden in the dark depths of forests. However in recent years some rather gigantic ones have been popping up in unusual places. From a botanical garden in central Singapore to a...
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11. July 2012 / Topos

Moses Bridge

Featured in our current-issue magazine, Moses Bridge was designed by RO&AD architects as an invisible bridge on the West Brabantse Waterline in the southwest of the Netherlands. Its construction is entirely made of wood,...
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09. July 2012 /

Cancellation of Urban Quality Award 2012

At the end of March 2012, the EU Commission changed the condition imposed on Commerzbank AG in 2009 to divest Eurohypo into a condition to run down the company. In June 2012, Commerzbank AG decided strategic changes, part of...
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06. July 2012 / Robert Schäfer

Now Showing at Louisiana: New Nordic - Architecture & Identity

Architecture in Scandinavia is once again a hot-topic. Whether it be Norway or Finland, architecture is being increasingly regarded as an export commodity. Various exhibitions, grants, prizes and government initiatives are all...
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05. July 2012 / Robert Schäfer

20 Years of Topos, a Guest of the Biennale in Barcelona

The first edition of Topos appeared back in September 1992 as a 'European Journal of Landscape Architecture.' With the arrival of Topos 80 this September, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this now globally read publication....
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04. July 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

The Australia Award for Urban Design

The Australia Award for Urban Design was presented last week on June 26 at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The AAUD is Australia’s premier award for urban design achievement. It was proposed by the Urban Design...
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04. July 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Landscape Architects Still Not Recognised in Spain

If you have ever visited Spain you would know that it is home to some fantastic examples of landscape architecture. Just take the Cap de Creus Natural Park on the Catalan coast (see Topos 79) and the Salón de Pinos in Madrid...
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03. July 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

Reviewed: A Framework For Geodesign, Changing Geography by Design - Carl Steinitz

As illustrated very plainly on the cover, geodesign operates at the intersection of four essential ingredients: design professions, geographic sciences, information technologies and 'the people of the place'. Central to the...
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02. July 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Urban by Nature: Dirk Sijmons named as curator for 2014 Rotterdam Biennale

Urban and nature are two terms that we’re accustomed to placing in close relationship to each other, sometimes in opposition, and sometimes in harmony. In our rapidly urbanizing, yet still half unurbanized world, the two...
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28. June 2012 /

Out now: Topos 79 - Small Scale Interventions

We would like to announce the release of our latest issue, Topos 79 Small Scale Interventions. In landscape architecture even the smallest intervention can provide a profound experience. A viewpoint reveals a new perspective,...
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18. June 2012 / Robert Schäfer

Opening of Trollstigen National Tourist Route in Norway

  The 16th of June marked the official inauguration of the Trollstigen Tourist Route and its associated programs. Architectural highlights have been built along 18 scenic routes in Norway to enhance visitor experience. The...
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12. June 2012 / Thomas Jakob

Berlin is Waiting

The external works for the new Berlin airport BER in Schönefeld are now complete. In theory passengers and visitors could actually cross Willy Brandt Platz and make their way to the terminal and the planes, but the lack of fire...
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08. June 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

The Topos Landscape Award 2012 awarded to Taktyk in Berlin

For the first time, Topos – The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design has awarded the Topos Landscape Award to a bureau hailing from the French-speaking world. The chief editor of Topos Magazine,...
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30. May 2012 / Ricky R. Ricardo

Taktyk - The winners of the Topos Landscape Award 2012

"An engagement in city making through research, design studio, editing and art installation" is how the young French/Belgian firm Taktyk describe their emerging practice. With projects ranging between the design of gardens,...
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22. May 2012 / Robert Schäfer

Follow Me: 7 Reasons to attend the Topos conference on the 5th of June in Berlin

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper ran a story on the 13th of May, listing ten reasons why Berlin's new international Airport should never be opened. We would like to counter this argument using the politician Willy...
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14. May 2012 /

The Topos Landscape Award 2012 goes to Taktyk

This is the first time that Topos – The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design has awarded the Topos Landscape Award to a practice hailing from the French-speaking world. Thierry Kandjee and Sébastien...
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14. May 2012 / Robert Schäfer

Airport BER remains a construction site | Topos conference more relevant than ever

On the 5th of June at Berlin-Tempelhof Topos is holding the conference "Follow Me: Berlin and its Airports" on the future of Tegel, Tempelhof & Gatow, as well as discussing strategic urban-strategies relevant to these redundant...
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03. May 2012 /

Follow Me: Berlin's Airports

Conference & presentation of the Topos Landscape Award 2012 in Berlin on 5th of June
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03. May 2012 / Jessica Bridger

5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam: Making City

  “Making city is the principal imperative of our times,” became like a rally cry during the opening week of the fifth installment of Rotterdam’s International Architecture Biennale (IABR). This operative claim about the...
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26. April 2012 /

Rosa Barba Prize 2012 - deadline extended!

The new deadline for presenting the project documentations is 11 May. To participate in the Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize, one of the profession's most renowned awards, you can register your project via the organizers'...
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19. April 2012 /

Photo and video contest: Landscapes in Transition

"Landscapes In Transition" is not just the topic of the IFLA World Congress 2012 in Cape Town in September but also the topic of this year Landscape Architecture Month celebrated in April. IFLA is interested in photographs and...
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03. April 2012 /

Out now: Topos 78 Culturescapes

We would like to announce the release of our latest issue, Topos 78 Culturescapes: Cities are cultural constructs by definition, created to fulfil the vital functions of society. This issue is concerned with new projects that...
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03. April 2012 /

International Garden Competition “best private plots 12”

For the fifth time, the best private gardens from all over the world are honoured in the open international competition “best private plots 12.” The prize acknowledges exceptional achievements in the design of sustainable...
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03. April 2012 /

Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize

The Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize will be announced during the 7th European Landscape Biennial which will take place on September 27 and 28 in Barcelona. The Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize is open to all kind of...
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03. April 2012 /

The IFLA Americas Conference 2012

The IFLA Americas Conference 2012 will be held in Medellin, Colombia, from October 17 to 20 with the topic “Borders: landscapes on the alert...”, organized by the International Federation of Landscape Architects IFLA, and the...
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03. April 2012 /

IMCL International Urban Revitalization Award

The International Making Cities Livable Council will award the 2012 IMCL International Urban Revitalization Award for Ecuador's nation-wide program "The Plaza: A Place of Encounter", a visionary project to revitalize social life...
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03. April 2012 /

Call for papers: Designing nature as infrastructure

The symposium “Designing nature as infrastructure” proposes a platform on which researchers and practitioners working in landscape-related disciplines can engage in a discussion about a current main topic:...
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03. April 2012 /

EFLA Student & Young Professionals Competition

The EFLA Student & Young Professionals Competition gives a chance to share projects, ideas and sites with landscape architecture practitioners throughout Europe. The competition aims to help up and coming designers to get...
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28. March 2012 /

New River Park in Singapore

Just in time for the World Water Day 2012, the Bishan Park in Singapore redesigned by Atelier Dreiseitl was opened. As part of a much-needed park upgrade and plans to improve the capacity of the Kallang River along the edge of...
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27. March 2012 / Daniel Jauslin

Aberdeen City Garden – Beyond Landscape or Architecture

A team around the New York based Architects Diller, Scofidio & Renfro DS+R won a competition for the Aberdeen City Garden in January 2012 together with OLIN and Keppie Design. The proposal supported by a private deed to the...
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13. March 2012 / Jessica Bridger

FUTURELAND!

A recent field trip was out to the Maasvlakte 2 project out in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Maasvlakte is a project that will create over 2,000 hectares of new land at the edge of Rotterdam's existing port. The Port of...
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15. February 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Skating the Canals

It is almost impossible for new transportation infrastructure and public space to appear in a city over the course of a few weeks. Yet, thanks to mother nature, just that happened in Amsterdam. The whole of Europe has been...
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14. February 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Chairs!

Everyone loves movable urban furniture. There is something almost perversely pleasing about choosing the place and position of public furniture. The classic wood and metal Parisian chairs, copied for New York City's Bryant...
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02. February 2012 / Peter Zöch

Interview with Adriaan Geuze

On the evening of the 2 February the BKVB, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, granted a lifetime achievement award to Adriaan Geuze, one of the founders and partner of West 8 urban design and...
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30. January 2012 / Thomas Jakob

Urban Quality Award documentation now available

Eurohypo AG and Topos magazine presented the Urban Quality Award on 29 November (see Topos 77, page 6), which has now been documented in an accompanying publication. It describes in detail all those projects which achieved an...
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30. January 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Seeing the Trees (for the Forest)

This map is the result of a six year project by the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), the US Forest Service and the US Geological Survey, led by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker. Together they have made the most...
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26. January 2012 /

American Planning Association Awards

The American Planning Association (APA) named the winners of the 2012 National Planning Excellence Awards. The planners and others responsible for the 14 projects selected for outstanding planning and advocacy will be honored...
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24. January 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Landscape as Facilitator, Landscape as Mediator

A recent trip up to Copenhagen allowed a look at a range of landscape projects in a difficult season – winter. The winter in Copenhagen is cold, stormy and due to its position in the north, fairly dark. At mid-winter the sun is...
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23. January 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Malene Hauxner, 1942 - 2012

Malene Hauxner, a well known Danish Landscape architect, author and professor has passed away at the age of 70 in Denmark, on January 18th, 2012. She will be remembered as one of the most important theorists working in...
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12. January 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Le:Notre Forum: A New Kind of Landscape Event

From 18 - 21 April 2012 the first Le:Notre Forum event will take place in Antalya, Turkey. Hosted by Akdeniz University, and organized by the Le:Notre Institute, the Forum is intended as a new approach to international...
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09. January 2012 / Jessica Bridger

Focus On: South Africa

As many Topos readers know, the 2012 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Congress will take place from the 5th to the 7th of September 2012 in Cape Town South Africa. South Africa, and more importantly...
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04. January 2012 / Asan Suwanarit

Big Cleaning Day: The Challenge for Thai Landscape Architects after the Floods

This year the celebrations of His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday have given new hope to Thailand. On December 5th, King Bhumibol Adulyadej appeared on the balcony of the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall within the Grand Palace,...
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20. December 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Kijong Dong – Potemkin Landscape

Oddities in the built environment as the result of political forces underline the power of the landscape. North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il recently passed away in mid-December 2011. The eccentric leader of the world’s...
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20. December 2011 / Stefan Leppert

A painter with a modest plant palette - On the death of Wolfgang Oehme

The German-American landscape architect Wolfgang Oehme has passed away. He died on 15 December in Baltimore aged 81. Even though he emigrated to the USA in 1957 he always maintained links with Germany which gave many people the...
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19. December 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Hot off the Press! Topos 77: Making Space

Here is a preview of the cover of Topos 77: Making Space. Featuring articles by Kongjian Yu, Matthew Urbanski, Christophe Girot and Jörg Rekittke, and many more the issue is an exciting look into what it takes for landscape...
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19. December 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Film Review: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

The 2010 film, Happy People by Werner Herzog and Dimitry Vasiyukov comes as a landscape revelation. The film is shot as a year-long documentary of the lives of fur trappers living in the Taiga in Sibera. The film opens with...
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15. December 2011 /

Adriaan Geuze wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Adriaan Geuze, one of the founders and partner of West 8 urban design and landscape architecture of Rotterdam, has been awarded a lifetime achievement award from the BKVB, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and...
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12. December 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Final Call for Nominations: 2012 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award

Nominations for the 2012 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award are due by December 31st, 2011. The Jellicoe Award is the highest honor that the International Federation of Landscape Architects bestows on professionals in landscape...
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09. December 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Book Review: Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park

Wild urban nature is not the image that immediately springs to mind when most people consider New York City and its metropolitan area. Yet stretches of wild vegetation, diverse animal habitat, sandy shorelines and more “nature”...
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09. December 2011 / Jessica Bridger

DO NOT DESIGN CHAIRS! A bit of fun on a Friday

This public service announcement video by two Finnish designers pleads with designers all around the world to not design chairs in 2012. Helsinki Finland is the World Design Capital 2012. Enjoy.
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08. December 2011 / Jessica Bridger

In the Park, in the Dark

A recent visit took Topos to New York City, where the High Line’s second section was high on the list of projects to visit. Having heard from local landscape architects that the park was unusually nice at night, a trip was made...
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01. December 2011 / Tanja Gallenmüller

Plac Bohaterów Getta by Piotr Lewicki and Kazimierz Latak wins the Urban Quality Award

On 29 November 2011, the Urban Quality Award (formerly the International Urban Landscape Award) was presented in Frankfurter Westhafen, by Eurohypo Bank and Topos Magazine. The issue of urban quality was one of the jury panel’s...
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01. December 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Architecture is for Everyone! The New NAi

After an extensive renovation, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) has reopened in Rotterdam. On a recent Sunday afternoon there was an inspiring range of visitors to the NAi. Families with children, young couples,...
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29. November 2011 / Peter Zöch

Seoul: International park competition

Applications for the international design competition for a masterplan for Yongsan Park in Seoul are being received until 12 December. The 240-hectare site on a former US army base is to be opened up for the inhabitants of...
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24. November 2011 / Wolfram Höfer

The Second Wave of Modernism II Conference

Sequels may feel a little dull, but this follow-up of the 2008 Chicago conference on the influence of modernism in today’s landscape architecture was a very inspiring event (held on 18 November at MoMA, New York, with Topos as...
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23. November 2011 /

IFLA 2012: Early Bird Registration

The 49th IFLA World Congress will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5 to 7 September 2012 with the topic of “Landscapes in Transitions”, organized by the International Federation of Landscape Architects and The Institute...
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17. November 2011 / Peter Zöch

Publication on Dutch water urbanism

Living on water and near water – is not a completely new challenge but one that has been neglected for a long time. Climate change and flood disasters, growing cities and a lack of space raise the necessity to deal with water...
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15. November 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Topos on the Road: November 18 & 19 in New York City

Topos is on the road this week! On Friday, November 18th we will be in attendance at the Second Wave of Modernism Conference at MoMA. There are still a few tickets left for this almost sold out event - so sign up quickly if...
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15. November 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Venice Biennale Mystery Deepens: Correction!

As some of you might be aware, about a month before Silvio Berlusconi's resignation as Italian Prime Minister this week, he removed long-time Biennale Director Paolo Barrata, attempting to replace him with a food imports...
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14. November 2011 / Robert Schäfer

Bourgeois, Zumthor and the Witches

Whoever comes to Vardø, does so for a reason. Arctic winds sweep across the Barents Sea and fewer and fewer residents live in this remote city in the far north of Norway. Since fishing became unprofitable, Vardø is left vacant,...
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11. November 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Getting Lifted

Sometimes all we need to adjust our perception is a change in vantage-point or in situation. The familiar becomes unfamiliar and we are led to learn new things about our surroundings. As we commonly perceive the landscape from...
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11. November 2011 / Jessica Bridger

David Chipperfield: Curator of the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture

It has just been announced that architect David Chipperfield will be the curator for the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture. The 13th biennale for architecture will take place in Summer 2012, at sites around Venice. Over...
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11. November 2011 / Peter Zöch

EFLA Regional Conference: Mind the Gap

The EFLA regional conference, the first of its kind, was held from 2 to 4 November, 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia. The theme of the conference was “Mind the Gap: Landscapes for a New Era.” This broad theme focused on urban...
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09. November 2011 / Asan Suwanarit

New Thailand: An Alternative Future for Bangkok After the Floods

After two weeks of fear and flooding, Bangkok has returned to its origins as an island city.  Recent aerial pictures confirm a picture of a sprawling city besieged by a massive surge of water. Most highways and railways serving...
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08. November 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Biking Under the River: The Maastunnel

The Maastunnel is a commuter tunnel that runs over half a kilometer deep beneath the Maas River in Rotterdam. The standard tunnel for cars and trams has an unusual parallel tube – an emergency tunnel that doubles as a tube...
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07. November 2011 / Robert Schäfer

Snøhetta: Well Stacked Mountain Chalet

Someone who opens up his architectural office above the famous Dovrehallen pub in Oslo, who lets Paolo Conte serve as inspiration for an important design competition, who builds at Ground Zero and who made Utzorn's Sydney Opera...
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03. November 2011 / Topos Editorial Staff

Turenscape Win at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona

Turenscape, with principal Kongjian Yu, have been announced as the winners of the landscape category at the 2011 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, from a shortlist of seven international firms. The project awarded is...
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02. November 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Topos 76 Release November 19th at Van Alen Books in NYC

On Saturday, November 19th at 5pm Van Alen Books (part of the Van Alen Institute) is hosting our Topos 76 "Crisis Landscapes" New York release party. We will present the issue and the diverse topics that it covers, and discuss...
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28. October 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Take it to the Street!

Public space, public protest, public outcome
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27. October 2011 / Peter Zöch

Now open: Viewing tower at Seljord Lake, Norway

“Seljord and the Legends,” a project by Feste Landscape Architects, Rintala Eggertson Architects und Springer Culture Studio of Norway, highlights site-specific installations at Seljord Lake in Norway. A new viewing tower,...
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26. October 2011 / Sirle Salmistu

EFLA Regional Congress in Tallinn

“Mind the Gap: Landscapes for a New Era” is the theme of the EFLA Regional Congress, held in Tallinn from the 2nd to the 4th of November, 2011. The conference, with Topos as media partner, focuses on urban landscapes and...
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24. October 2011 / Asan Suwanarit

Bangkok Floods: Natural Events That Become Man-Made Disasters

Over the past few months there have been many reports of heavy rainfall in Thailand’s Northern Region. The water has continued to flow on to the Central Plain causing rising levels in the Chao Phraya River and its branches. In...
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21. October 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Crisis Landscapes: Cyprien Gaillard’s Artefact

Vast desert landscapes roll by in jerky camera work, as sunny as they are wrought with some unknown despair. A man in white is lit up by multiple green laser sights, spun out across a rippling sand desert, all under night’s...
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20. October 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Park at Gleisdreieck

Sometimes large projects can be partially eclipsed by gigantic ones. Sometimes beautiful projects can be eclipsed by popular ones. In the case of the park at Gleisdreieck by Atelier Loidl in Berlin, both are true. The Tempelhof...
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19. October 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Formal Involvement Beyond the Form: Metropolis Nonformal

Over time the discourse in design has swung widely between what design can and can’t do. The truth of the matter is that design has such a broad range of applications and avenues of address, that the only sure thing about...
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17. October 2011 / Topos Editorial Staff

Eurohypo Urban Quality Award 2011 Finalists

As media partner with Eurohypo for the 2011 Urban Quality Award, we would like to inform Topos readers about the four exciting finalists for the prize. The Urban Quality Award seeks to award projects that make a significant...
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13. October 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Growing Far From Home

A recent article in the New York Times highlights the growing population of refugees in the United States who are establishing farms. This takes up the ongoing trend of a renewed interest in small-scale farming in the US, from...
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30. September 2011 / Jessica Bridger

Topos 76: Crisis Landscapes

We would like to announce the release of our latest issue, Topos 76: Crisis Landscapes - we are very excited about this issue, and think that all our readers will find it interesting, enlightening and even ispiring. As we move...
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29. September 2011 / Efe Gönenc, Susanne Prehl

Before the Earthquake – After the Earthquake: Public Space in Istanbul.

A Special Feature Article on Crisis Landscapes
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29. September 2011 / Alan Berger

Exterial Landscape

The result of economic and political decisions that were made without consideration of externalities, Exterial Landscapes involve costly environmental damage that can enable change and reclaimation to ensure that the errors are...
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29. September 2011 / Anthony Acciavatti

A Well-Developed Plan: Wet Monumentality

Competing political motivations, overlapping bureaucracies, and cultural pratices problematize the creation of an overall concept for the Ganges basin, crucial for the region’s water system, which is in a perpetual state of...
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29. September 2011 / Mohamed Elshahed

Tahrir Square: Origins and Futures

The ongoing political upheval in Egypt has drawn attention to the various public stages for protests, demonstrations and other exercises of free speech, and none more so than Tahrir Square in Cairo. The history of Tahrir...
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28. September 2011 / Christian Werthmann

Designing Process: The Exemplar Community Zoranje in Haiti

Almost two years after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, unclear land ownership and a lack of good governance impede reconstruction. In response to these limitations, Zoranje is a planned settlement northwest ofthe...
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