La Sociedad de Arquitectos Paisajistas de México, A.C. y la Facultad de Arquitectura de la UNAM convocan a participar en la I Bienal Latinoamericana de Arquitectura de Paisaje 2014 y 3ª Bienal Mexicana con obras de Arquitectura de Paisaje realizadas en Latinoamérica entre los años 2009 y 2014.
La Bienal se realizará del 10 al 11 de junio de 2014 en la Ciudad de México.


  • Identificar las mejores obras de Arquitectura de Paisaje realizadas en Latinoamérica.
  • Reconocer a sus autores a nivel individual o de grupo.
  • Difundir las obras más relevantes para permitir, mediante el análisis y crítica, una reflexión acerca de la Arquitectura de Paisaje Latinoamericana Contemporánea.

Podrán participar:
-Arquitectos Paisajistas, Arquitectos, Urbanistas y profesionales de ramas afines con título y cédula profesional.
-Estudiantes de licenciatura, maestría, posgrado o doctorado en arquitectura de paisaje, arquitectura, urbanismo y ramas afines.
-Escuelas superiores de Arquitectura de Paisaje y afines.
– Otras entidades públicas o privadas de carácter cultural como Fundaciones, Institutos, Secretarías, entre otras.
– No podrán participar miembros del jurado o sus familiares hasta tercer grado.

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Featured Plant: Jewel Orchid

URI Botanical Gardens Blog

Ludisia discolorLudisia discolor, the Jewel Orchid, is an orchid native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Burma. They are often cultivated for the beautiful, velvety-looking foliage (which doesn’t actually feel velvety at all). Ludisia discolor is a terrestrial orchid, which roots in soil. In it’s native habitat, it is found on the floor of the forest. They prefer high humidity and temperatures above 60F, but tolerate very low light. This makes them relatively easy to grow at home, or in a shady spot in the greenhouse. In addition to the deep maroon-green (is that a word?) leaves with pinkish veins, they have beautiful, delicate white flowers, and I was pleasantly surprised to see last week that they were beginning to flower.

To propagate Jewel Orchids, the fleshy stems can be nestled horizontally into the potting mix (well drained, please). They will also root in a glass of water. These little plants were repotted…

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The State of the Debate on Climate Change, Part 1


“Sea level rise is a definite,” said Richard Alley, professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, at a conference by the National Council on Science and the Environment (NCSE) in Washington, D.C. “There will also be significant heat impacts on agriculture,” particularly corn and rice production, given those crops are often grown in areas already a bit too hot for them. “The average summer will be hotter than we’ve ever seen. In the tropics, it may be too hot to work outside during the day.” And what’s the worst that could happen? Alley said “it could get so hot people could no longer live in the tropics. And sea level rise could wipe out territory where one-tenth of humanity now lives.” These are the “‘mights,’ the risks.”

To spur the globe to action on the climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is now finalizing its latest assessment report

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Congrès Tourisme + Paysage

L’Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec vous invite à participer au Congrès Tourisme + Paysage.

L’embarquement est prévu les 4 et 5 avril au Centre des sciences de Montréal.

Véritable invitation au voyage, la programmation vous fera découvrir une quarantaine de conférenciers passionnants en compagnie d’acteurs gouvernementaux, d’élus et d’employés du milieu municipal et de professionnels de l’aménagement, du design, de la culture et du tourisme.

Inscrivez-vous rapidement et profitez de l’offre spéciale de lancement.

À voir et à entendre cette année, entre autres :

§  Jean Blaise, directeur, Le Voyage à Nantes, France

§  Marie-Claude Massicotte, chef de section et architecte paysagiste, Direction des grands parcs et du verdissement, Ville de Montréal.

§  Jean-Philippe L. Messier, Directeur général, Réserve mondiale de la Biosphère Manicouagan-Uapishka

§  Michel Zins, Ph.D. Président, Zins Beauchesne et associés

§  Alexander Reford, Directeur général des Jardins de Métis et Président de l’Association touristique de la Gaspésie

§  Chantal Rouleau, mairesse de l’arrondissement Rivière-des-Prairies—Pointe-aux-Trembles et responsable de l’eau et des infrastructures de l’eau au comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal

§  Daniel Blier, Directeur général, Parc Jean-Drapeau

§  Paul Arsenault, titulaire, Chaire de tourisme Transat

§  Olivier Bourgeois, architecte, Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes

§  Élaine Genest, architecte paysagiste directrice de projet, Projet Paysages Laurentides, Conférence régionale des élus des Laurentides

§  Marie Eisenman, Cofondatrice, Les Urbainculteurs

§  André Bathalon, directeur du Festival Mural, Directeur / co-fondateur de LNDMRK

§  Danielle Léger, Bibliothécaire responsable de collections, (programmes de spectacles et affiches), Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

§  Frédéric Loury, fondateur et directeur général, Art Souterrain

§  Simon Lebrun : pilote de navires sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent et président d’Héritage Maritime Canada

§  Serge Péloquin, nouveau Maire de Sorel-Tracy, idéateur de l’Écomonde du Lac Saint-Pierre, président du concours Architecture éphémère de l’hôtel de glace de Québec

§  Judith Portier, designer de l’environnement, directrice générale et artistique chez Design par Judith Portier

  • Philippe Lupien, architecte et designer – Lupien + Matteau;

Pour en savoir plus sur le thème du Congrès, sur les différentes conférences et sur les conférenciers, pour l’inscription en tant que participant ou comme exposant, visitez dès maintenant le site Internet du Congrès Tourisme + Paysage.



The 51st IFLA World Congress 2014 International Student Competition to be celebrated in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is sponsored by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and organized by the Argentine Center of Landscape Architects (CAAP). The IFLA International Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition is part of the Congress, and it promotes and encourages the evolution of the profession of landscape architecture through education.

The competition aim is to promote a reflection on the importance of “thinking and action on landscape” as a conceptual and operative tool to guide the deep and global transformations in their changes. The intention is to reconnect places to the geographic, social and cultural context that contains them, and to recover the essence of their identity and values.

It is intended that students investigate the dynamic process of landscapes in their different complexities (ethical, aesthetic, functional, ecological, socio- cultural, historic-patrimonial, economic-productive, etc.) redefining and identifying new and old spaces, applying innovative and sustainable technologies, generating formal and environmental certainties; and humanizing the places and their landscape.

THEME: URBAN LANDSCAPES IN EMERGENCY Creating a landscape of places
The competition challenges students to explore urban landscapes: abandoned, obsolete and degraded landscapes; landscapes hurt by aggressive anthropic actions to nature and to the culture of the territory, landscapes substituted by new proposals and originated by needs, which may not have always kept the environmental balance.

They should propose new ideas sustained by “reflective thought” that will try to solve the unsustainable problems of urban landscapes in emergency; and the “actionusing the most appropriate techniques to improve the management and building of a landscape of places and of new spaces of urban sustainability.

Students may select the context and site of the project. The suggested work scale is established in a range of 2 has (20.000 m2) to 10 has (100.000 m2).
Proposals must show a reflexive and innovative approach, giving value to the identity of the designed place and choosing a strategy for the project execution.

This is an ideas competition and will consist of one round of submissions. Proposals by the participants should assume publication and exhibition in both digital and printed media.

The competition is open to all students of landscape architecture and allied disciplines (where a country or university does not include a program specifically identified as Landscape Architecture). Both individual and group submissions will be accepted, and each student or group is allowed only one entry. Broad interdisciplinary submissions are also welcomed; however the design must still focus on the configuration of the landscape and must have at least one Landscape Architecture student in the group. The number of members in each participating group shall not exceed four (4). Professional collaborators and associates of members of the jury, and their relatives up to a third degree may not enter the competition.

Find full details in the PDF document  hereinafter

IFLA 2014 International Student Desing Competition

Declaration Form – Student Competition IFLA CAAP 2014

David LaChapelle’s Toxic Landscapes


Once named the “Fellini of photography,” David LaChapelle has left his popular commercial work behind to return to his original fine art photography. In a new series called Land Scape, LaChapelle created handcrafted scale models of gas stations and refineries and photographed them with hundreds of LED lights. The work is an eerie look at the unsustainable landscape of today’s global, industrial oil production and distribution system.

In the exhibition catalog, Shana Dambrot writes: “The gas stations and refineries that populate iconic locations are staged as architectural avatars of a planet coping with the stresses of peak-oil — even as the buildings’ dazzling spectacle and retro-future aesthetic distracts from the dangers of their function.” To build these incredible models, LaChapelle used cardboard and recycled materials, like “tea canisters, hair curlers, and other by-products of our petroleum-based, disposability-obsessed culture.”

In the Refineries set (see images above and below), LaChapelle turns…

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