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Design Under Sky discusses landscape architecture, the utilitarian but leaning towards the conceptual, thinking on modern occurrences and peripheral boundaries.  

DUS is the blog and personal design studio of Adam E. Anderson, a designer based out of the East Coast, currently a Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, and a designer at Landworks Studio.

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Rising Tide

Evolutionary {Recovery, by Yumi Lee + Yeon Tae Kim, of LANDplus Design, click for large PDF}

Despite what might potentially become our best efforts to reverse climatic change it is widely suggested that sea-levels will inevitably rise displacing the millions of residents inhabiting coastal lands.  But it seems its our human nature not to address the issue until we're swimming in it, so solutions at this point are relatively minimal.

Concepts will and should come from designers, and I would hope during this downturn that perhaps Landscape Architects volunteer our time to offer solutions. In that spirit, the Bay Conversation and Development Commission out in San Francisco recently announced winners of the Rising Tides Competition. The competition, which drew 130 entries from 18 countries, challenged designers to create waterfront strategies that envisioned a 55-inch rise in sea level over the next century.

Instead of awarding the $25,000 grand prize to one winner, the impressive jury (Michael SorkinWalter Hood, the landscape architect; Marcel Stive, scientific director of the Water Research Centre in Holland; Denise Reed, a professor and water researcher at the University of New Orleans; and Tracy Metz, an American-born Dutch architecture critic) decided to split the prize six ways. Below is at the winners’ ideas:

{Topographical Shifts at the Urban Waterfront, by Wright Huaiche Yang and J. Lee Stickles, click for large PDF}{100 Year Plan, by Derek James Hoeferlin, Ian Caine, and Michael Heller, click for larger PDF}{RAYdike, by Thom Faulders, click for larger PDF}{BAYARC, by a team of designers and engineers from SOM, click for larger PDF}{Folding Water, by Liz Ranieri and Byron Kuth, of Kuth Ranieri Architects, click for larger PDF}+Found at Metropolis Mag



A Walk in the Park

Toyo Ito & Associates Architects / Island City Central Park Grin Grin from 0300TV on Vimeo.

0300TV presents a video of Island City Central Park GRIN GRIN in Fukuoka designed by Toyo Ito.

Project Details:
Building Island City Central Park Grin Grin
Architects: Toyo Ito & Associates Architects
Project Team: Toyo Ito, Toyohiko Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Shinozaki, Maya Nishikori, Yoshitaka Ihara
Structural Engineers: Sasaki Structural Consultants
Program: Cultural Building
Client: Fukoka City
Constructed Area: 5000 sqm
Completed: 2005
Location: Hakata Bay, Island City, Fukuoka, Japan

Source: Architecture Lab


Planning on Visiting a California State Park this Summer? Think Again.

{Los Angeles Historic State Park designed by Hargreaves and Associates. Image via Fast Company}

The budgetary woes of California is old news, and months and months of an unfinished budget debate between lawmakers and Gov. Schwarzenegger are digging a deeper hole for Californians.  Just recently however the proposed budget that's now pushing for approval is one that will effectively terminate funding for California State Parks, closing 220 parks up and down the Golden State (59 will remain open).

As anyone who's visited one these parks, especially in the summertime, one can attest to their popularity as you're rarely afforded the opportunity to experience one alone.  I can only imagine the effect that the closing of so many will have on the impact of so few.  More visitors filtered to the remaining inevitably means more degradation, more trash, and less serenity.

Part of me is willing to temporarily turn the other way given the economic crisis we're in.  Unfortunately, because of the fiscal mistakes of some sacrifices will have to come from somewhere.  But, again I think lawmakers underestimate the necessity of parks, especially for overcrowded SoCal.  And can just imagine the road rage of hundreds of over-sized truck owners when urban stresses cannot be relinquished with weekend park retreats.

The California State Parks Foundation quickly declared a Save Our State Parks Weekend (also known as the more urgent SOS Weekend) which will happen statewide June 20 to June 21. During this weekend, the campaign asks citizens to visit a park and take photos of themselves, and to wear green ribbons in show of solidarity. Save Our State Parks is compiling stories about state parks and calling for mobilization through its Facebook page, when I last checked already had over 31,000 fans.

One of the most notable parks set to close is the Los Angeles Historic State Park. One of the newest parks in the state system, these 32 acres are referred to as "the Cornfield" by locals due to a large-scale artwork by Lauren Bon that planted this former railyard with corn. After drawing awareness to the area, a park was designed by the competition-winning Hargreaves Associates to create a recreation area in this greenspace-deprived neighborhood.

{Malibu Creek State Park. Image via Fast Company}

Another unfortunate closing would be the Malibu Creek State Park. The trails of this mountainous park northwest of Los Angeles wind through canyons, over mountains with stunning rock formations, and along the 25-mile long Malibu Creek. But the park is perhaps best known as the location for many Hollywood productions, including the TV show M*A*S*H, which left behind plenty of its vintage war vehicles.

If you'd like your voice heard you can go the California State Park Foundation website for links to petitions and their facebook page.

+ Found at Fast Company