MAD Architects Creates a Volcano-Inspired Stadium in China
On winning an invited competition to master-plan a 175-acre sports campus in Quzhou, 250 miles southwest of Shanghai, Ma decided to push his ideas of constructed nature even further—aiming to design a “poetic landscape that falls somewhere between that of Earth and Mars.”...They also created an architecture that people can climb and use as public green space, even when the buildings are closed. Pedestrian and bike paths wind from one facility to another, while a shared basement will connect the under-construction gym, natatorium, and training center (but not the stadium) below ground when they are completed. Working with landscape architect Peter Walker, Ma’s firm specified four different kinds of grass, depending on the angle and orientation of the sloping terrain enveloping the structures. Walker also proposed planting thousands of sequoia trees around the three-mile perimeter to create “a linear forest,” says Ma. The trees are now in place and will grow into a leafy buffer between city and sports campus.
"The use of design to advance conservation needs alongside aesthetic ones is a main theme. 'Something we've always been paying attention to is what you see from all the places where you are. And our goal has been to create habitat and functioning ecological systems,' Greenspan says. 'If there's a strip of trees and a strip of native meadow that's very small and on its own, we've tried to connect it to all the other parts so that animals and plants have a continuous habitat area.'"
The Glenstone Museum will expand again with a Richard Serra-specific pavillion
"The Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, is the latest in a string of museums to announce expansions this summer, today revealing plans to add a new pavilion to the nearly 300-acre grounds outside of Washington, D.C....“Richard Serra’s works have been anchors in the collection since the beginning and Tom Phifer’s vision has come to define the new Glenstone since he designed the Pavilions,” said Emily Wei Rales, director and co-founder of the Glenstone Museum, in a press release. “It’s deeply gratifying to work with Richard and Tom again, this time as collaborators, alongside our long-time landscape architect Adam Greenspan. We can’t wait to share this new building and installation with our visitors next year.”
Final link in walkway along Sydney Harbour foreshore opens at Barangaroo
"A missing link in an 11-kilometre walkway which follows the curves of Sydney Harbour’s foreshore from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge has opened, giving access to a part of the city locked away from the public for two centuries. The last 300-metre stretch of the walkway at Barangaroo, on the western edge of central Sydney, features a tree-lined boulevard for cyclists, commuters and visitors. It was designed by landscape architect Peter Walker, who also drew up plans for the headland park known as Barangaroo Reserve."
A Fight to Save a Corporate Campus Intertwined With Nature
"Protests often erupt over proposalas to demolish or even alter historical buildings. Threats to landscaping usually get far less attention.
But that's changing in a Seattle suburb, where a developer plans to build on the corporpate campus that George H. Weyerhaeuser created for his family's timberland and wood products company beginning in the late 1960s.
Teh site, which the City of Federal Way annexed in 1994, has been lauded over the years for the pioneering way it intertwines building and landscape. Today, it is caught up in a controversy over plans to build massive warehouses that opponents say would disrupt the balance with nature but the property's new owner says are necessary to pay for restoration of hte headquarters building and maintenance of the grounds."
"In my 60 years of landscape architecture projects, which include the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the National September 11 Memorial with Michael Arad in New York City, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Weyerhaeuser Headquarters is perhaps the most important and certainly the dearest to my heart—not just for the many honors and prizes it has received, but for its completely integrated building and landscape. From its opening in 1971, Weyerhaeuser has been a rare combination of architecture and landscape architecture. No other project in modern environmental design has achieved such a high level of integrated building and biological setting. I am now the last living member of the design team on the historic Weyerhaeuser Headquarters, and I write to you pleading for you to consider what the intended destruction of this site means."
The Cultural Landscape Foundation launches campaign to halt "inappropriate" development at historic Weyerhaeuser campus
"Even more than its size, the peerless campus—designed by landscape architect Peter Walker, founding principal of Sasaki, Walker and Associates (SWA) and architect and architect Edward Charles Bassett, partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)—is famed for the manner in which it is seamlessly integrated into the lush Pacific Northwest landscape with its terraced, ivy-shrouded main administrative building emerging from the meadow in an enigmatic, almost otherworldly fashion."
Salesforce Transit Center Park wins Architecture MasterPrize Best of Best Award for Large Scale Landscapes
The Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the apprecation of architecture worldwide.
Salesforce Transit Center Park was awarded "Best of Best" in the category of large scale landscapes.
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October 7, 2020
/American Architecture Awards
Glenstone, Salesforce Transit Center Win American Architecture Awards
Glenstone Musuem won an American Architecture Award in the Landscape/Urban Design category. Salesforce Transit Center won in the Airports and Transportation Category, Salesforce Tower won in the Skyscrapers/High Rises category.
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September 14, 2020
In Midtown, 1,401-foot One Vanderbilt is officially open
Another large transit component is Vanderbilt Plaza. A car-free pedestrian plaza in between Grand Central and One Vanderbilt, it stretches along Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and 43rd Streets. The 14,000-square-foot outdoor space was designed by PWP Landscape Architecture, the same firm behind the National September 11th Memorial.
September 8, 2020
/The New York Times
7 Sculpture Gardens that Merge Art With the Landscape
Many museums and galleries across the country have cautiously begun to reopen in recent weeks, offering a chance for the culture-starved to enjoy a moment of reprieve with their favorite works of art. Still, the lines can be long, and timed ticketing limits a more impulsive visit.
These seven sculpture gardens or outdoor art spaces — ranging from world-class art collections to more hidden and eccentric destinations — are especially appealing beginning this month, when the weather is ideal for strolling outside and the fall programming and curatorial programs (some of them delayed from closings this summer) begin in earnest.