3rd International Green Roof Congress 2013 – Hamburg, Germany

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Join IGRA for a top-level programme with presentations, workshops, excursions,
International Garden Show (IGS) and International Building Exhibition (IBA).
Please check the congress website www.greenroofworld.com for the complete programme with 28 speakers, two workshops, two green roof excursions and the exciting “International Garden Show” and “International Building Exhibition”. Members of the International Federation of Landscape Architects – IFLA receive a 20% discount on the ticket prices. Spectacular landscaping and innovative architecture connected by Green Roofs – There is more than one good reason to visit Hamburg in 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Prix Frederick Todd au Congrès de l’AAPQ

Lors de la Soirée de clôture de son Congrès annuel qui aura lieu au Centre des sciences Montréal, l’AAPQ aura le plaisir de remettre le prix Frederick-Todd catégorie membre à Peter Jacobs et Yves-Michel Garant, deux architectes paysagistes qui ont contribué de façon exceptionnelle à promouvoir l’architecture de paysage au Québec.

Peter Jacobs poursuImageit une riche et dynamique carrière depuis les années 60, décennie où il obtint non pas un, mais deux diplômes de maîtrise de la Harvard Graduate School of Design; en architecture et en architecture de paysage. Professeur titulaire à l’École d’architecture de paysage de la Faculté de l’aménagement de l’Université de Montréal et ayant agi comme professeur invité à la Harvard Graduate School of Design, à trois reprises, Peter a marqué des générations d’étudiants en apportant un angle historique, philosophique, environnemental et social à la discipline de l’architecture de paysage et en enrichissant le regard posé sur les pratiques actuelles et à venir tout comme sur celles du passé.

Très impliqué dans la recherche et le développement de la profession, il est invité comme conférencier à travers l’Amérique du Nord, l’Europe et l’Amérique latine et a reçu de nombreux prix et honneur récompensant son travail d’architecte paysagiste.

Depuis 12 ans, il siège comme président de la Commission du développement viable au sein de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature et de ses ressources (IUCN). Il est aussi président de la Commission de la qualité environnementale Kativik au Nouveau-Québec (KEQC) et  siège au sein de plusieurs comités canadiens préoccupés par les problématiques environnementales.   Il a agi comme président du Comité consultatif sur l’état de l’environnement au Canada.

Membre de plusieurs comités consultatifs de revues scientifiques et professionnelles, il a rédigé et publié de nombreux textes sur la perception du paysage, les théories et méthodes reliées à la planification du territoire ainsi que sur le développement durable. Il a fait parti de plusieurs jurys de design et est consultant auprès de la Ville de Montréal pour le développement des réseaux d’espaces libres dont ceux pour la restauration du parc Mont-Royal, pour la réhabilitation des îles Ste-Hélène et Notre-Dame et pour le design de la place Berri au centre-ville de Montréal. Il collabore sur de nombreux projets de design urbain à travers le Canada, dont plusieurs ont été reconnus et primés par les associations professionnelles.

ImageYves-Michel Garant est un vrai pionnier. En 1976, après l’obtention de son diplôme en architecture de paysage, il choisit de commencer une carrière à Chicoutimi où la profession d’architecte paysagiste est peu connue. Au début des années 80, lorsqu’il ouvre son bureau, une partie de son travail consiste bien sûr à vendre ses services, mais également la profession. Petit à petit, il participe à des projets où seuls les ingénieurs et les architectes intervenaient jusqu’alors et ses clients deviennent plus importants et nombreux. 

Après plus de 33 ans, plus de 400 clients et près de 900 projets, son bureau est toujours là à moins de 30 mètres des marées de la rivière Saguenay, au cœur de Chicoutimi et Yves-Michel continue à promouvoir la profession et le respect de la nature. Le défi de faire sa place a donc été relevé.

Au fil du temps, les différents gouvernements, la grande entreprise, les municipalités grandes et petites, les MRC, les communautés autochtones, les commissions scolaires et les organismes sans but lucratif ont bénéficié des compétences d’une firme qui offre des services variés en architecture de paysage, et ce, autant en milieu urbain, rural ou naturel. À Baie-Comeau, Betsiamites, Nemiscau, Chibougamau, Dolbeau, La Tuque, Tadoussac, Chicoutimi, etc. On retrouve les projets d’Yves-Michel Garant dans un vaste territoire. Pour lui, tous les milieux méritent d’être améliorés techniquement et esthétiquement et c’est pourquoi il a toujours tenu à desservir toutes les communautés, même les plus petites, celles qui n’avaient peut-être pas à priori les ressources pour obtenir les services d’un architecte paysagiste.

M. Garant a laissé sa marque dans le réaménagement de la zone portuaire de Chicoutimi, l’aménagement de la Pulperie de Chicoutimi et la préparation de différents plans récréotouristiques. Il a également participé à la création du Parc national des Monts-Valin ainsi qu’à celui du Parc Marin du Saguenay-St-Laurent. Sa participation à une chronique hebdomadaire à la radio de Radio-Canada, sur l’environnement et l’horticulture, l’a fait connaître du public en plus de contribuer à faire connaître la profession d’architecte paysagiste.

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

 

Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium

“Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa”
May 10-11, 2013      9am to 5:30 pm
 
 In 40 years of symposia, the Garden and Landscape Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks has addressed a nearly global range of cultures, epochs, and subjects.  But one region is conspicuously absent: sub-Saharan Africa. This omission is particularly glaring, given that the subcontinent is one of the oldest inhabited landscapes on earth, with a staggering range of geographies, cultures, histories, and patterns of settlement.
Confirmed speakers include: Suzanne Blier, Harvard University; Lazare Eloundou, UNESCO World Heritage Center;  Joost Fontein, University of Edinburgh;  Jeremy Foster, Cornell University;  Grey Gundaker, William and Mary;  Charlotte Joy, University of London;  Paul Lane, University of York;  Neil Norman, William and Mary;  Akin Ogundiran, UNC Charlotte;  Ikem Okoye, University of Delaware;  Innocent Pikirayi, University of Pretoria; Maano Ramutsindela, University of Cape Town; Gemma Rodrigues, UCLA; and Michael Sheridan, Middlebury College.
 
This event has been approved for 12 LA CES (continuing education credits with the American Society of Landscape Architects.)
To register, please visit our webpage for instructions.  http://www.doaks.org/research/garden-landscape
 The cost is $60 ($40 for students) and includes lunch both days, and a reception. Registration is first-come, first-served. The last day to register, if space is still available, will be May 3.  
Contact:
Jane Padelford, RLA, LEED AP

Warren Byrd: How to Be a Landscape Architect

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Throughout March, the University of Virginia School of Architecture has celebrated the work of local landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBWLA) and its recently published book Garden Park Community Farm. The celebration kicked off with a lecture by Warren Byrd, FASLA, former student and faculty member. He explained his life-long “meandering with purpose,” starting as a curious boy with a sketchbook, through his 25-year journey founding the firm, and its expansion into one of the most well-respected practices in the country.

It’s a unique occasion for a landscape architecture program to honor the lifetime achievements of a designer who has been personally tied to the school throughout his career. For me, as one of the program’s students, it was an opportunity to better understand my program and profession and glean insights from a lifetime of dedicated teaching and practice. As a professor for more than 25 years, Byrd had several lessons to impart on future…

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IFLA 2013 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award

Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, is the winner of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award – the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ premier award – for 2013.

Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles has made an outstanding contribution to Landscape Architecture through his life-long commitment to his chosen profession. His achievement in all aspects of landscape architecture – landscape planning, landscape policies, landscape design and landscape education has been quite phenomenal.

The defence of democracy, the humanization of the landscape, and the quality of life of the Portuguese population are hallmarks of his civic life and professional career.

With a long involvement and initiative in public intervention, he has for decades been pioneering in delivering ideas, designs and claiming for recognition of productive landscape as recreation space. He is still actively participating in the defence of a sustainable development model for Portugal on key issues connected to planning and the environment such as Forest Policy and Green Infrastructure.

Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles graduated in Agronomic Engineering and Landscape Architecture in 1950 to be part of the first generation of Landscape Architects in Portugal. He is a founding member of the Portuguese Society of Landscape Architects APAP, which was founded in 1976, and is still active in the association.

The revolution in Portugal in 1974 brought him to the forefront of the country`s political life. In 1975 he was appointed Secretary of State of the Environment and undertook his work in environmental policies in Portugal. He was a pioneer in the defence and conservation of environmental values, the promotion of land-use planning, sustainable development and the humanization of cities. He is mainly responsible for the current legal Framework Laws on conservation, land-use planning and environmental quality. He continues to be active in the dissemination of the ideas and principles in these fields where he was a forerunner and for which he has fought unceasingly.

He has published over 100 works on various subjects, such as land use planning, the environment, urbanism, visual analysis, landscape, projects, agriculture, resource management, education and policies.

His career spans over 60 years and he has clearly ha a unique and lasting impact on the development of landscape architecture as a practitioner, in teaching, in Public Administration and as a member of various Governments. Within the Housing Department Institute he set up the Landscape Planning and Green Areas Department. He was also Minister for Quality of Life and was one of the first Portuguese politicians to call attention to ecological problems, having an influence far beyond the tiny size of the parties he has led.

Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, has, within 60 years of active work, opened many doors and minds, and has contributed hugely to an awareness of, and integration of landscape architecture. His life achievement is an example for everybody to follow and he is a most worthy recipient of this year’s IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award was launched in 2004 on a quadrennial basis. Its inaugural recipient was Peter Walker (USA) in 2005. Prof. Bernard Lassus (France) was awarded in 2009, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander in 2011, Mihály Möcsényi in 2012 and for 2013 Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles. Since 2011 the award has been bestowed annually.

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1910 – 1996), IFLA President of Honour, served IFLA as its founding President from 1948 – 1954. He was a trained architect, town planner, landscape architect and garden designer, but his prime interest was in landscape and garden design. Jellicoe was a founding member (1929) and then President of the Institute of Landscape Architects (now the LI) and was knighted for services to landscape architecture in 1979. In 1994, he was given the Royal Horticultural Society’s highest award, the Victoria Medal of Honour.

IFLA President, Desiree Martinez made the announcement in the Award Ceremony on April 10 at the 2013 IFLA World Congress in Auckland, New Zealand. The award was collected by the president of the Portuguese Association of Landscape Architects – APAP – Mr. Miguel Braula Reis on behalf of Prof. Ribeiro Telles.

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The 2013 SGJA International Jury was chaired by Jenny B. Osuldsen (Norway) and comprised: Anton Comrie (South Africa), Alan Titchener (New Zealand), Diana Wiesner (Colombia) and Fritz Auweck (Germany).

 

Photo Of The Day – A Bridge Over Mighty Brahmaputra

In Search of Greener Pastures

DSCN0158The Brahmaputra River, one of Asia’s mightiest, arrives at India in the mountainous state of Arunachal Pradesh, after having roamed the Tibetan plateau for thousands of kilometers in a totally opposite direction. Locally called the Siang in Arunachal Pradesh, the river turns calm and a magical blue during the dry winters, a ripe time to indulge in the great outdoors; spend your time hiking, rafting, kayaking or simply fishing.

However, it is to note that the future of this great river is concerning, facing threat from mega dam projects and international water politics. We sincerely hope this river remains the unspoilt that it is and the bridges keep hanging.

*Explore the eastern Himalayan outdoors with our collection of adventures in North-East India.

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In Quebec City, the Rivers Return to the People

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Cities around the world with any sort of waterfront or riverfront have been revitalizing these places, which are often saddled with polluted ports and factories, creating vibrant community spaces and recreational areas in the process. But cities vary in their ability to take advantage of their water. Some cities have flush budgets while others don’t. Some cities can tap great local planning and design talent while others must import this talent, which can be expensive. At a session at the American Planning Association (APA) conference in Chicago, Peter Murphy, Ville de Quebec, explained how Quebec City has been lucky enough to use some $250 million in federal, provincial, and local funds and tap an amazing set of local planners, landscape architects, and architects to transform its riverfront for its 400th anniversary.

Murphy said Quebec City was the only walled city north of Mexico. It’s the “cradle of French culture…

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