The 2012 IMCL International Urban Revitalization Award

The 2012 IMCL International Urban Revitalization Award will be awarded for Ecuador’s nation-wide program “The Plaza: A Place of Encounter”, a visionary project to revitalize social life and economic vitality by restoring the country’s historic plazas.

Jacobo Herdoíza, Director of this project, will give a public presentation on Monday evening, May 21, at the 49th IMCL Conference that takes place at the Governor Hotel, in Portland, OR, May 20-24. This will be followed by presentation of the Award to Mr. Herdoíza, who will receive it on behalf of Ecuador’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage (Ministerio Coordinador de Patrimonio) on May 22.

The project was launched in Ibarra, in April 2011. The website identified the challenge: “The Plaza, in most Latin-American cities, was the point from which the city, public life, commerce, symbolic space and the seat of power developed. Today, the Plaza’s functionality is negatively affected by environmental and social factors, by problems of accessibility, and by urban development pressures, causing deterioration of the urban image, as well as civic activity. The potential for social integration in the city depends on possibilities for social encounter and exchange among people. In this sense, the use of public space, and particularly the Plaza, is an effective instrument for social cohesion.

Ecuador’s National Plan for Good Living (El Plan Nacional para el Buen Vivir) is developing directions for community participation in the revitalization of these public places. A book about the project is in preparation.

The theme of the 49th IMCL Conference, Planning Healthy Communities for All, is perfectly exemplified by Ecuador’s visionary project, “The Plaza: A Place of Encounter”.

About IMCL: The International Making Cities Livable Council was founded in 1985 to enhance well-being, strengthen community, improve social and physical health, and increase civic engagement by reshaping the built environment of our cities, suburbs and towns. A current IMCL focus is to inspire cities to build or revive multifunctional town squares that, like the ancient agora or medieval marketplace, can regenerate civic engagement and democratic participation.

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, Ph.D.(Arch.)
Director, International Making Cities Livable Council
Tel: 503-208-2817


Landscape and Community International Congress: Design, Management and Public Participation

When the landscape and its resources are highlighted as one of the most obvious forms of resistance to economic and social crisis, the need to optimize the relationship between their design, management and communities that experience it is intensified in a sustainable use of resources perspective.

The Landscape and Community International Congress: Design, Management and Public Participation, organized by the Portuguese business magazine “Arquitecturas”, will present in a novel and practical manner, the ways and the international cases in which this relationship is expected.

The Landscape and Community International Congress: Design, Management and Public Participation will gather professionals, policy makers and interested citizens in the most pertinent issues and challenges facing the land use planning, the creation of new productive landscapes integrated in urban areas and facing the correct development and recovery of protected landscapes.

This two-day congress presents a unique set of experienced speakers in Landscape Project and Management, as well as in the direct involvement of the community in the Landscape. The second day of the Landscape and Community International Congress: Design, Management and Public Participation will be dedicated to a practical learning, with visits and workshops on the topics discussed.

Landscape and Community International Congress

Registration and Information:
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Chicago Pier makeover

An urban forest would rise inside Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens in the redesign proposed by Team X, led by the Xavier Vendrell Studio. Five teams submitted plans to redesign one of the city's top tourist attractions.

Navy Pier is in store for a makeover, and the changes could be dramatic.
Five teams of celebrated designers from Chicago and around the world unveiled competing plans for remaking the public spaces of Illinois’ most popular tourist attraction.
•Zigzagging boardwalks that would jut out from the pier, bringing visitors close to Lake Michigan and even offering opportunities for swimming in the lake.
•A grand staircase that would sweep upward from the park around the pier’s Ferris wheel and offer dazzling views of the city skyline.
•A tower, called the Glacier, which would rise out of the lake just east of the pier, becoming a jagged ice sculpture in winter.
•An aerial gondola that would carry visitors to and from the pier, lifting them over congested downtown streets.

Until a winner is chosen, Chicagoans have some spectacular design plans to ogle and a chance to debate the latest grand schemes for a city that revels in Daniel Burnham‘s often-quoted aphorism: “Make no little plans.”
The competition is “not just to pick a design or an architect. It’s also to raise public awareness,” said Stanley Collier, editor of Competitions, a Louisville, Ky.-based magazine that focuses on design contests.
The five teams are charged with re-imagining the pier’s public spaces, which stretch from the Gateway Park on the west end to the east end plaza that overlooks Lake Michigan.
The spaces also include the elevated park around the Ferris wheel, which is known as Pier Park; the Dock Street pedestrian promenade, which lines the pier’s south side; and the Crystal Gardens, an indoor space festooned with palm trees and fountains.

Here are the lead firms of each team, and the key elements of the plans:

•AECOM/BIG — The Crystal Gardens would become a “vertical urban farm” to supply produce to restaurants at the pier. A grand staircase would sweep over a proposed addition to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and offer uninterrupted skyline views. On the pier’s far east end, a tiered platform would create a “lifted corner” that would rise above the Dock Street promenade, providing another lookout. A tier on the other corner would descend directly to the water.

•Davis Brody Bond/Aedas/Martha Schwartz Partners — A series of boardwalklike extensions on the pier’s southern edge would include a variety of features, among them slips for tour boats, an outdoor theater, fishing areas and a beach. A “flyover” ramp would connect Pier Park to the boardwalks. A gondola would carry visitors to the pier from Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

•!melk/HOK/UrbanLab — Curved platforms would extend over the pier’s southern edge, providing lookout points. Boardwalks at the pier’s eastern end would let visitors get closer to the lake; below the platforms, and visible to the visitors, would be underwater “fish resorts” where fish would congregate. The towering structure called the Glacier would rise out of the lake off the pier’s eastern end.

•James Corner Field Operations — Undulating steps would join Pier Park with the Dock Street promenade. The plan also suggests turning the interior of the Crystal Gardens into a striking display of hanging gardens and putting oval-shaped cabs on the nearby Ferris wheel. A swimming pool with a sand beach would run along the pier’s southeast corner at lake level. A stepped amphitheater would lead down to the eastern end of the pier, where a platform would extend into the lake.

•Xavier Vendrell Studio/Grimshaw Architects — Circular arrangements of trees and plants would be installed to soften Pier Park. They would enliven the South Dock with pocket parks, terraces and kiosks. A wedge-shaped “horizon walk” platform would extend outward and upward from the pier’s east end, creating another vantage point to gaze over Lake Michigan and providing another reason for people to walk the entire length of the pier.

The contest is the most visible result of a long-range revamp of the pier that officials announced last summer.
By Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune critic (
Chicago Tribune


Research Fellow – A. E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives – CALL FOR APPLICANTS

The Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State is announcing a call for the inaugural A.E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for the calendar year 2012.  The Fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend for a minimum of one week of archival research in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania.  The records (drawings, papers, photographs, and videos) of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A. E. Bye ( as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz) are held at Penn State. Information on the Bye collection may be found at

The research must be completed in calendar year 2012 with a requirement for a subsequent dissemination of the research in the form of a public presentation, essay, or small publication to be delivered within six months after the archival research period.  Penn State will consider additional funding for particularly ambitious and meritorious research dissemination.

Applications in the form of a letter of interest that defines the parameters of the research, including anticipated dates, should be submitted to the e-mail address below.  The letter should not exceed two pages and must be accompanied with a current curriculum vitae with e-mail contact information.  The Fellowship is open to scholars, professionals, and researchers in all disciplines.  Ph.D. candidates and above are welcome to apply but students are not eligible. This call is also viewable online at:

The Archives Research Fellow will receive an honorarium of $2,500 at the beginning of the research period. The stipend will be used at the discretion of the Research Fellow to cover transportation, lodging, and all other costs. Any amount remaining from expenses shall be retained by the Research Fellow. The Department of Landscape Architecture will provide administrative support during the research period.

The Fellowship is funded through the Landscape Architecture Chair in Integrative Design at the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Applications are due on or before March 7, 2012. Applicants will be notified of the selected Fellow on or before March 28, 2012. Selection will be made by a committee of the department head and appointed faculty. Inquiries and Fellowship applications (PDF, less than 2Mb) should be sent via e-mail to:
Kelly Riser
Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture


The AZ Awards, an international competition recognizing excellence in design.
AZURE Magazine’s international awards program is open for submissions. Now in its second year, the AZ Awards is already regarded as an important distinction for emerging and established firms. Like the magazine itself, the awards are multi-disciplinary, recognizing the inter-connectedness of architecture, landscape, interiors and product design. Assisted by the editors of AZURE, a panel of international experts drawn from each of the disciplines meets together to review the submissions and choose the winners. The 2012 AZ Awards program is open to work completed before December 31, 2011.

To download a PDF of Submission Guidelines, click here


Furniture systems
Interior products

Residential buildings
Commercial and institutional buildings
Temporary and demonstration spaces 

Residential interiors
Commercial and institutional interiors 

Unbuilt competition entries
Other unrealized concepts 

$5000 cash prize awarded for the best design product, architectural structure, interior space or concept developed by a student enrolled in a design or architecture program in 2011. Sponsored by George Brown College

Le Prix F. Todd remis à Claude Benoît

Cette année, la femme qui a fait du Vieux-Port de Montréal l’un des sites préféré des Montréalais et des visiteurs d’ailleurs se verra honorée du Prix Frederick G. Todd*

31 janvier 2012 – C’est avec grand plaisir que l’Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec remettra à Mme Claude Benoît, Présidente et Chef de la Direction de la Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal, la plus haute distinction attribuée par l’AAPQ soit le Prix Frederick Todd – catégorie public. Ce prix, décerné depuis 1995, honore des personnalités publiques qui ont contribué de façon exceptionnelle à promouvoir l’architecture de paysage au Québec. Mme Benoît se verra remettre son prix lors du Congrès annuel AAPQ 2012 qui aura lieu à Québec, les 30 et 31 mars prochains, sous le thème « L’architecte paysagiste : leader créatif ». 

En attribuant le Prix Frederick G. Todd à Mme Benoît, l’Association désire souligner son parcours professionnel et son engagement de longue date dans la valorisation du cœur historique de la ville de Montréal. Elle a su élaborer une vision de l’essor du Vieux-Port de Montréal dans une plus vaste stratégie de développement; celle d’une ville moderne à la rencontre de sa genèse historique. C’est sous sa gouverne que la Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal a déployé les grands équipements (pensons au Centre des sciences de Montréal) et événements qui ont su dynamiser ce secteur de Montréal. De plus, son engagement dans les discussions et le développement des grands projets urbains a toujours accordé une place de choix au paysage et à l’aménagement d’espaces publics rassembleurs et conviviaux.

Le thème du leadership créatif guidera le congrès de cette année et il sera donc d’autant plus à propos de célébrer le travail de Mme Benoît qui a démontré des qualités de leader exceptionnelles dans les projets qu’elle a mené. Tracer la voie, convaincre et développer les qualités d’un leader sont les idées qui sous tendent les diverses conférences qui seront présentés les 30 et 31 mars prochains. Les formateurs et conférenciers invités sont des créateurs de haut niveau qui, chacun dans leur domaine respectif, ont fait preuve d’initiatives en contribuant à faire évoluer la vision de leur milieu quant aux façons de faire.

C’est lors du Grand Souper de Clôture qui se tiendra à L’Espace Dalhousie le samedi, 31 mars prochain, que Mme Benoit recevra son prix. Pour consulter la programmation complète du Congrès annuel AAPQ 2012 et s’y inscrire :

 * Frederick G. Todd, pionnier de la profession au Canada, fut aussi le premier architecte paysagiste résidant et œuvrant au Québec.

Informations : Katerine Boisclair, responsable des communications
AAPQ (514) 990-7731

Arch. Ettore Maria Mazzola to receive the IMCL International Urban Design Award

Prof. Arch. Ettore Maria Mazzola, The University of Notre Dame, School of Architecture, Rome Studies Program, will be the recipient of the 2012 IMCL Conference International Urban Design Award, to be presented at the 49th IMCL Conference in Portland, OR, May 20-24, 2012.
Professor Mazzola’s work has consistently led the way in envisioning urban environments that celebrate community, and lift the spirit. His designs are hospitable for all, and show special concern for more vulnerable population groups, children, elders and the poor.
His project to replace a monolithic, low income housing block near Rome (Corviale) with a genuinely livable urban fabric, without disrupting the community, provides an exemplary model for urban renewal throughout the world. For more information, please see Regenerate suburban districts – proposal for the “ground-scraper” Corviale in Rome.
Professor Mazzola’s books include: The Sustainable City is Possible (2009); and Architecture and Town Planning, Operating Instructions, introduction by Léon Krier (2006). Please visit Professor Mazzola’s Profile.
The theme of the 49th IMCL Conference is Planning Healthy Communities for All, a theme that Professor Mazzola’s work perfectly exemplifies.