MH17 MEMORIAL + PARK | COMPETITION

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A call for design entries has been set forth by matterbetter  for a memorial to commemorate the ill fate of the MH17 flight that was shot down over the Ukraine/Russia border on July 17th, 2014.
From the matterbetter website:
“matterbetter is inviting young architects and students to participate in open-ideas international competition for MH17 Memorial + Park in Amsterdam. This competition aims to explore and research possible themes and directions of the Memorial representation. Matterbetter team is the only organizer of this competition. Any references to the involvement of the municipality of Amsterdam in this project are incorrect.
Background:
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on 17 July 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The Boeing 777-200ER airliner lost contact about 50 km (31 mi) from the Ukraine–Russia border and crashed near Torez in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, 40 km from the border.
The aircraft crashed outside Hrabove, near Torez in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast.The fireball on impact is believed to have been captured on video. Photographs from the site of the crash show scattered pieces of broken fuselage and engine parts, bodies, and passports. Some of the wreckage fell close to houses in Hrabove. Dozens of bodies fell into crop fields, and some fell into houses.
All 283 passengers and 15 crew died. The crew were Malaysian and 193 passengers were Dutch, while many of the other passengers were Australians and Malaysians. By 19 July, the airline had determined the nationalities of all 298 passengers and crew.
Among the passengers were delegates en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, including Joep Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society, which organized the conference. Also on board were Dutch senator Willem Witteveen Australian author Liam Davison, and Malaysian actress Shuba Jay. At least twenty family groups were on board the aircraft, and eighty of the passengers were children.
Mission Statement:
An international open ideas competition for architects and students is initiated to remember and honor the victims of the MH17 tragedy. This man-made tragedy has influenced thousands of lives in direct or indirect manner across the entire world. Most of all this tragedy has affected the Netherlands – the Dutch nation that lost 193 souls in this catastophe. Therefore Amsterdam, the departure point of this one way flight, was selected as a location for the MH17 Memorial.
MATTERBETTER has proposed to design an artificial island in the IJmeer in Amsterdam as a foundation for the MH17 Memorial. We believe that the memorial has to be for everyone – the place for the people who are directly connected to the tragedy and for the population of the world in general. Because of its location the memorial has to be addressed to a broader public, as it will be visited by various groups of people. It should form a new public space – the place for remembrance, ceremonies, recreation, private gatherings and should become a vital point of the Amsterdam cultural infrastructure.
MH17 Memorial has to be free from the political overtone and should not directly express the tragedy in a type of a monologue – it should allow individuals to experience through the space and form their own memories and emotions. Human presence is vital. The Memorial has to become an inviting place open for physical interaction, the place that honors remembrances, respect for life and a preservation of peace.
It was decided that the MH17 Memorial site will accomodate a landscape park in addition to its main purpose in order to become a green axis that will connect the Old Center and the North of Amsterdam and strengthen the location that is reclaimed from the water – symbolizing traditional collaboration of the Dutch people with the nature.”
For more information about the design guidelines, site, and schedule of deliverables visit http://matterbetter.com/competitions/show/4
Happy designing, and  GOOD LUCK!
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NOMADgardens – Build a Succulent Terrarium Event!

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Looking for something fun to do this Sunday? Join NOMADgardens for a Succulent Terrarium building workshop!

“Do you like succulents? Have you been coveting your friend’s beautiful terrarium?
Come learn about succulents and how they work with Madalyn Watkins, a true plant expert. Not only will you learn about them, you’ll get to design and build your own custom terrarium to take home with you! ” – Source: NOMADgardens

Sign up HERE 

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TIME TO VOTE!

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2015 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show  Concept Design Competition

It’s time to join the School of Landscape Architecture in voting for the 2015 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show design!!!! Review the designs below, Vote for your preferred design, and wait for the announcement next week as to which design will be built at the 2015 SF Flower and Garden Show!

How to vote:

Onsite students:  Review the designs posted in 601 Brannan, room 114 and cast your ballot in the box provided

Online students: Review the designs posted below and vote for your preferred design using the link provided at the bottom of this blog post

 

ENTRY 1: SUBLIMATION

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ENTRY 2: LAYERS 

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Now that you have had a chance to review the design entries….VOTE HERE: http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=544e7432e4b0bb916293c816

 

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Sascha Glasl | Space&matter | Amsterdam | MONDAY NIGHT | 6:30 pm

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The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Art University is proud to welcome another exciting guest to the Fall Lecture Series. This time an innovative young office from Amsterdam who with their unique approach is increasingly gaining recognition throughout the Netherlands and also abroad:

Sascha Glasl | Space&matter | Amsterdam

Monday October 27th 6:30pm • www.spaceandmatter.nl

Space&matter is an Amsterdam based office for architecture, urban planning and concept development. After it’s foundation in early 2009, the office has developed itself rapidly. Led by its founding partners Sascha Glasl, Tjeerd Haccou and Marthijn Pool, a skilled team of international designers, works on a wide range of projects of various scales.

Their approach as described in their own words: “As architecture and planning touch on all social and cultural levels of society, we realize our influence and responsibility reach far beyond the spatial realm. It is here where our ambition lies and we see opportunities to develop spatial solutions for sociocultural issues and to create relevant designs that connect people. Accordingly, the designs and strategies that space&matter produces are mainly focused on performing in their social context. They are strong architectural frameworks that trigger interaction and offer space for personal taste and freedom.

Rather than just being reactive, we like to initiate projects and proactively involve ourselves in matters that we consider as relevant. This level of independence enables us to develop innovative processes and methodologies. Setting up knowledge and entrepreneurial networks around our own interests and fascinations has proven to be an effective way to realize our ambitions.

With backgrounds in urban planning, architecture, research, BIM and graphic design, our team has a wide angle view on the world and a strong set of skills that back up our thinking. Being generalists we share an interest in different fields of study and highly value interdisciplinary collaborations. Drawing from these sources, our office has an output that ranges from teaching and writing, to designing concepts, buildings, urban plans and strategies.“

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A PROFESSIONAL PANEL: Landscape Architecture on the International Spectrum

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Join visionaries and leaders in the field of Landscape Architecture and Planning for The School of Landscape Architecture’s annual  Professional Panel. Come hear about the latest projects in the works, and learn about the opportunities and challenges of working as a Landscape Architect internationally

When: Tuesday Nobember 11th, 6:30 pm

Where: 601 Brannan Street, First Floor Presentation Space.

Online Students: The presentation will be streamed live on line with opportunities to chat live for Q&A

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Design Charette!

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Join The School of Landscape Architecture’s ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter for a one-day intensive charette to brainstorm ideas for the 2015 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show installation with the theme “Gone Wild”!

When: Saturday October 11th

Where: 601 Brannan Street, Room 106

Bring your design ideas and enthusiasm and let’s make the design for next year’s Garden Show the best yet!!!!

 

 

 

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Street Parks 10th Anniversary Celebration

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Celebrate with Street Parks! This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Street Parks program, and SF Parks Alliance and the SF Department of Public Works cordially invite you to join them for the revelry!

At the event,  Street Park Stewards will be honored, acknowledge all that has been accomplished as a community in making San Francisco better and more beautiful, and enjoy festivities and fun, including delicious libations and refreshments, live music by Tin Cup Serende, a photo booth, bocce ball games, and much more! There will be a short and sweet program beginning at 11:30 am. A splendid time is promised for all.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PST)

Progress Park
1325 Indiana St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Please RSVP  for this FREE event!

Questions?  Call 415-621-3260 x105 or email Julia@sfparksalliance.org

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TONIGHT! Michelle Delk of SNOHETTA!

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Today, Michelle Delk from Snøhetta  will be presenting as the final lecture of the Fall Lecture Series.

This lecture will occur at 6:30pm PST in Room 115 (Atrium Presentation Space) at 601 Brannan.

It will also be live streamed with the ability to interact and ask questions: https://live4.academyart.edu/fall_lectures14/

Below is information on Snøhetta and Michelle’s  biography.

Michelle Delk | Snohetta | New York | Oslo

 

Monday September 29th 6:30pm

http://snohetta.com

Snøhetta (Norwegian: Snøhetta arkitektur landskap AS) is an international architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and Brand Design office based in Oslo, Norway and New York City. Snøhetta practices a self-defined trans-disciplinary process in which different professionals – from architects to visual artists, philosophers to sociologists – exchange roles in order to explore differing perspectives without the prejudice of convention. Within our office, Snøhetta emphasizes an open exchange between roles and disciplines – architects, landscape architects, interior architects, and graphic designers collaborate in an integrated process, ensuring multiple voices are represented from the onset of the project. When working with Clients, this approach continues when we challenge clients to become architects and architects to become clients. When interested parties come together as equals, we create a place to mutually understand each other’s objective and interests. Transpositioning promotes the positive benefits of moving out of one’s comfort zone. It defies narrow-minded thinking and encourages holistic approaches.

Michelle Delk serves Snøhetta as Director of Landscape Architecture to further their multi-disciplinary collaborations, provide strategic vision, and to continue advancing the subtleties and complexities of the public environment. Clear thinking and collaborative principles characterize her leadership of complex design projects that emphasize social and experiential opportunities. Through personal and spatial interaction she believes people can discover inspiration to better themselves, others, and the environments within which societies exist.

We hope to see you there!

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SNOHETTA LECTURE: Monday Night!

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We have had a fantastic lecture series this Fall and look forward to ending it on a high note!  This Monday, September 29th,  Michelle Delk of Snohetta will be speaking about collaborative projects that Snohetta has been working on globally.

Date: Monday September 29th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: 601 Brannan, First Floor Lecture Space

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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TONIGHT! GARY STRANG OF GLS Landscape | Architecture

Gary Strang Lecture Poster_TODAYThe Fall Lecture series continues with another exciting presentation. Today Gary Strang from GLS Landscape/Architecture will be presenting.

This lecture will occur at 6:30pm PST in Room 115 (Atrium Presentation Space) at 601 Brannan.

It will also be live streamed with the ability to interact and ask questions: https://live4.academyart.edu/fall_lectures14/

Below is information on GLS Landscape/Architecture and Gary’s  biography.

We hope to see you there.

 

GARY STRANG, PRINCIPAL

Gary Strang is a licensed landscape architect and architect with degrees from the Universities of California at Berkeley and Davis. For 21 years he has been principal of GLS Landscape/Architecture, a 12 person multidisciplinary firm specializing in the integration of architecture, infrastructure, and landscape. He has received three ASLA National Honor Awards: in 2000 for Beth Israel Chapel and Memorial Garden in Houston, in 2006 for Residence Hall Units 1 & 2 at the University of California Berkeley, and in 2011 for the 22 acre Hunters View HOPE SF neighborhood.

Prior to opening GLS, Mr. Strang worked for seven years at Solomon Architecture and Urban Design and studied with Mario Botta at SCI-Arc in Ticino, Switzerland. He has taught at the Universities of California at Berkeley (Department of Architecture) and Davis (Department of Landscape Architecture), exhibited work in New York, San Francisco, and Berkeley, and lectured and published on issues of infrastructure and landscape.  Mr. Strang currently sits on the design review board for the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

GLS Landscape/Architecture

As led by Gary Strang, GLS brings a sophisticated technical understanding to architecture and landscape architecture projects throughout the Bay Area, especially those with complex structural elements and site-utility coordination.

GLS projects include the relocation of the Exploratorium museum to its new home on the Embarcadero (with EHDD), the restoration of the Art Deco masterpiece at 140 New Montgomery (with Perkins + Will), and, with Rafael Vinoly Architects, the gardens, courtyards, parks, and main entry plaza for the new main hospital at Stanford University. Work in progress includes the residences at Transbay Block 9 (with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) as well as the design for several large new neighborhoods, including Station Park Green in San Mateo, Kirkham Heights in San Francisco’s Sunset District, and the latest phase of the 22 acre development at Hunters View in the Bayview District.

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