Concurso Arquideas – Nature Observatory of Amazonia (NOA) Sudamérica


Arquideas es una comunidad de estudiantes y jóvenes profesionales del mundo de la arquitectura y el diseño.

Arquideas tiene como principal objetivo difundir el talento y la creatividad de estos jóvenes y contribuir así al acercamiento entre los ámbitos académico y profesional de la arquitectura y el diseño.

Arquideas, a través de sus concursos, pretende fomentar la participación de este colectivo en el debate arquitectónico actual, generando una selección de propuestas de calidad que aporten soluciones a las diferentes problemáticas planteadas en el enunciado de sus concursos.

Los participantes tienen así la posibilidad de mostrar sus propuestas a la sociedad, a la vez que se familiarizan con un procedimiento cada vez más habitual para poder acceder a los encargos profesionales más atractivos del panorama internacional.

Arquideas expondrá los trabajos presentados a cada concurso en su plataforma web y difundirá los premiados en revistas de arquitectura de alcance internacional, así como…

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New Moscow – Новая Москва

Urban Development by International Competitions 2012-2014

Place: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Berlin
Exhibition dates: 31 May – 5 July 2014
Opening: Friday 30 May 2014, 6:30

A new series of international architecture competitions is characterising a clear change in the current urban planning strategy of Moscow. The initiator of these developments is the incumbent chief architect of the Russian capital, Sergey Kuznetsov. Together with his team, he has breathed new life into Moscow’s urban development since taking office in mid 2012. The exhibition New Moscow – Новая Москва presents two international competitions – from the fields of landscape planning (1st prize Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York) and cultural building (1st prize Heneghan Peng, Dublin) – and through these demonstrates the great gains for the city’s urban planning that are being drawn from this open, global approach.

During Kuznetsov’s first year in office, the city initiated no less than twenty international competitions for new planning in the areas of architecture, urban development, infrastructure and traffic planning. A further thirty competition announcements will follow. From the competition submissions, the city aims to draw out diversity and support quality and innovation. The international field of selected participants enables a new culture of exchange that supports the growth of knowledge and ideas through workshops and strategic cooperation. A further significant agency of the new building policy is transparent management and, for the first time, the participation of the city inhabitants in public design consultations and debates.

Both of the competitions presented in the exhibition demonstrate the great potential for development and innovation in Moscow to meet the growing demands of the city residents for cultural and leisure facilities. A further important topic is the extension of the traffic infrastructure of this growing city, which is initiating a radical change in the building policy of the Russian capital.

The first competition shown in the exhibition is for Zaryadye Park. The site is on the banks of the Moskva River, directly east of the Kremlin and Red Square. It encompasses an area of approximately 53,000 m2 in between the two-lane Ulitsa Varvarka on the city side and the six-lane Moskvoretskaya Naberezhnaya along the riverside, with a slope of up to 20 metres. The history of the competition area is closely tied to the history of the city of Moscow, as Zaryadye existed in the 12th century as a settlement within the city fortifications, Kitai-gorod. Relics from past centuries have been preserved on the site up until today, including the English Court from the 16th century, the Snamenski Church and the former residence of the Romanov boyar family, the last dynasty of Russian tsars, from the 17th century.

The two-stage competition for the design of a public park on this site provides for the establishment of a place of national significance. For over fifty years plans for a new green area lay dormant so that, as regards urban development, great importance is attached to the proposal. Its character as an open-air museum, inner city recreation area and a sight of international standing was already defined in the competition brief. From an international pool of applications from 90 offices, an initial selection of six projects was made that included the design teams: MVRDV with Atrium, Anouk Vogel and Arcadis (NL, RUS, CH, USA); Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Hargreaves Associates und Citymakers LLC (USA, USA, RUS); Gustafson Porter with Sauerbruch Hutton and ARUP (UK, GER RUS); TPO Reserve with Maxwan, Buro Happold and Latz + Partner (RUS, NL, UK, GER); Turenscape with AnOtherArchitect (China, GER); and West 8 with Bernaskoni and Buro Happold (NL, RUS, UK). The proposal led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro was awarded first prize at the end of 2013.

The second contribution featured in the exhibition is the competition for a new building for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA). The NCCA was founded in 1994 by the Russian Minister of Culture as the first state-run museum for contemporary art in Moscow. The young institution quickly grew to be a permanent fixture in the Russian cultural sector and was followed by regional branches in St Petersburg and six other Russian cities. After a formative phase of around seven years, the museum acquired the building of a former lighting factory in the city centre, the main building of which was adapted through a constructivist remodelling to fit its new use as an exhibition hall, meeting place and science centre. However the spaces quickly became too small. As part of the city’s urban development redirection, the intention is to construct a new building with an area of 28,300 m2 at Khodynka Field, the partially converted and built-up site of the first Moscow passenger airport, north west of the city centre.

The basis for the new design of the NCCA was formed in summer 2012 by an open, international competition with around 900 submissions, including proposals from the offices of Zaha Hadid/Great Britain, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma/Japan and OMA/The Netherlands. Ten offices qualified for the second stage, coming from locations as diverse as Chile, Russia, Italy, Spain, USA, China and Belgium. Heneghan Peng from Dublin were announced as the winners with an unconventional design in the form of a stack of thirteen rectangular layers, the iconographic character of which is sure to exert an effect well beyond the neighbouring districts.

Speaking at the opening:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, Committee for Architecture and Urban Development in Moscow



President Charrier addresses metropolitan inequities issues at WUF7

charrier WUF7Maurice Charrier, President of INTA, speaking at the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellin said that “beyond political talks, the WUF was an opportunity to engage in a vivid dialogue with elected officials and community leaders on the role of metropolitan governance in reducing territorial inequalities. Metropolisation is an institutional construction that allows more democratic cooperation needed to face the current economic and social challenges, needed also to better build an urban future with less territorial inequalities and fragmentation. The metropolitan momentum is an irreversible process. This debate continues the discussion taking place within INTA’s Communities of Competence on metropolitan process”.

Metropolisation, as a process, creates a new qualitative relationship with municipal levels. The metropolitan areas are already part of the daily life of most of the citizens. But if metropolises are a form of modernity, their contents depend on the nature of the projects they carry. And conversely, these territorial projects, based on political choices, are the key to the acceptance and the progress of these new modes of urban life.

The metropolitan project must be considered as a necessary condition to build territorial solidarity, a necessary condition to the universal access to urban services, and a necessary condition to the ” right to the city “.

Read Maurice Charrier’s intervention in French or Spanish.


Mes Mundial de la Arquitectura del Paisaje 2014

World Landscape Architecture Month WLAM 2014

Mes Mundial de la Arquitectura del Paisaje 2014

“Estado del arte del PAISAJE en Colombia”

En 2006, la Federación Internacional de Arquitectos Paisajistas IFLA eligió abril como el Mes de la Arquitectura del Paisaje en todo el mundo. Hoy día muchos países celebran este mes con múltiples actividades. El objetivo del programa es lograr el reconocimiento nacional, regional y de la sociedad a la profesión de la arquitectura del paisaje, al mismo tiempo posicionar nuestras obras dentro de un contexto global. Se trata de un ambicioso proyecto destinado a fomentar el interés público en los eventos y actividades relacionadas con el paisaje. Cada año en Abril liderado por los gremios profesionales y las iniciativas de paisaje regionales, los arquitectos paisajistas se unen a los colegas del mundo, con los profesionales del Hábitat, las instituciones y la sociedad civil a fin de celebrar los avances…

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Zhou Ganzhi Obituary

Dear IFLA leaders and APR friends,
I am very sad to let you know that CHSLA Honorary President, Past President Zhou Ganzhi died of illness at the age of 84 on the 14th of  March 2014. The memorial service in Beijing was held on 20 March 2014.
His great contribution to Chinese landscape architectural profession and the stong, friendly relationship  between CHSLA and IFLA will always be remembered.
Prof. PhD LIU Xiaoming, School of Landscape Architecture,Beijing Forestry University
Deputy Secretary-General,Standing Council Member, Chinese Society of Landsape Architecture(CHSLA)
CHSLA delegate to IFLA ,  IFLA APR Education Committee Co-Chair

Dear Xiaoming and all CHSLA friends,
My very sincere condolences for you all! People like Zhou Ganzhi are iconic in the development of our profession in the World! We will miss him, but he left us a lot trhough his knowledge and his shared experiences!!!
Big, big hug to all
Desiree Martínez

Dear Xiaoming
It is a very sad notice.
I remember him since he participated with you in the IFLA World Council in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2005. All of us know that he was one of the key persons in the inclusion of CHSLA as an IFLA member.
Prof.  Zhou Ganzhi pass away is a great loss for the profession worldwide.
Virginia Laboranti
IFLA Past Secretary General

Dear Prof. PhD LIU Xiaoming,
Dear members of the Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture (CHSLA)
Dear colleagues in The People’s Republic of China
Tears are the silent language of grief. – Voltaire
We are saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Prof. ZHOU Ganzhi
On behalf of the Landscape architecture family let me pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing of dearest Prof. Zhou Ganzhi
May our hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as we celebrate a life well lived. Those of us who know him will remember him as a gentle and inspirational person who was determined to make the world a better place.
He was a wonderful man; I have de honor to know him for several years, leading and being the architect of the ultimate Chinese Society of Landscape Architects affiliation; a milestone during my term as IFLA president following over many years of discussion. Thanks to him CHSLA become a full member of the IFLA global family in 2005. What a delightful memories when with James Hayter IFLA Eastern region vice-president in Peking we learnt his willing, and aspirations …what a splendid men!
A deep sadness invades me, losing someone so special.
And when someone you appreciate and affect becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
Please convey my deepest condolences to his family and friends.  We will certainly miss his vibrant personality and thoughtful contributions in our landscape journey
With love
Martha Fajardo
IFLA Former President

Dear Martha
I did not have the chance to meet Prof. Zhou Ganzhi, but your words are powerful and gather all of us together, the Human and Landscape Architecture community around this lost to our profession and to our fellow friends from the Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture
So on my name and the CSLA, I join you on this recognition and my sincere salutations to the family and friends of Prof. Zhou Ganzhi
My appreciation
Raquel Peñalosa
CSLA IFLA Delegate
IFLA Americas VP Elect

Dear Xiaoming:
We have lost another big Giant of Landscape Architecture in Asia !!
Truly sad to hear ……
Please convey my deepest condolences to you, his family and all the friends in the World.  He shall be remembered forever.
Sincerely yours,  
From IFLA-Japan National Committee
Hiko Mitani

Dear Xiaoming

Please accept my deepest condolences. 
I believe his soul is at peace because you and your colleagues continue his way in CHSLA.
Kind Regards
Mohammad Motalebi – Iranian Society of Landscape Professions (ISLAP)

Dear Xiaoming,
On behalf all landscape architects in Indonesia, please convey our deepest condolences to CHSLA of the lost of their greatest landscape architect. May the family, friends and colleagues keep the spirit of his contribution to our profession. 
S. Sekartjakrarini (Tinoek)
Delegate ISLA to IFLA

Dear Xiaoming, 
Please pass on our condolences to his family and to CHSLA. The landscape architecture world has lost a great leader, a very knowledgeable, warm and compassionate man. His friendship towards IFLA was immensely important and the organization continues to benefit significantly from the relationship he so carefully fostered. 
Professor Kathryn Moore, PPLI, FRSA

IFLA President Elect

Dear Xiaoming,
On behalf of SILA and our local landscape fraternity friends who know Mr Zhou and his great contributions, please send our deepest condolences to his family and CHSLA. 

Damian Tang
SILA President

Dear Xiaoming,

I am sadden to learn the demise of our dear friend and great leader, the honorable Zhou Ganzhi. 
It was indeed a great privilege for me to have had the opportunity of working with him for so many years in making the sure that CHSLA be a member of IFLA. He was man of honor, great fortitude and foresight and he has my greatest respect. I share your grief of losing a great leader, the grandfather of the Chinese Landscape Architect profession, and  such a wonderful friend and great leader in our Landscape fraternity.
Kindly, convey my deepest condolence to his family members and your association members.
With love and deep respect,
Richard L.P.Tan
PP President of IFLA

Dear Xiaoming:
Our heartfelt gratitude for your communication to the world  LA  community and to IFLA on the sad news of Professor  Zhou Ganzhi  passing away.
As you rightly said his great contribution to Chinese landscape architectural profession and the strong friendship between CHSLA and  IFLA, as well as his remarkable work, will be always valued and honored.
On behalf of IFLA Americas Region and my own, in full awareness and appreciation of Professor  Zhou  great contributions, please send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the Chinese Society of Landscape Architects.
Carlos Jankilevich
IFLA Americas Vice President

Dear Prof Xiaoming,
On behalf of the International Federation of Landscape Architects Asia Pacific Region (IFLA APR) I wish to express our deepest sorrow on the death of Prof Zhou Ghanzi, our great leader in landscape architecture. Judging from what CHSLA is experiencing now, no words can explain his vast and immense contribution to landscape architecture in China and Asia Pacific in particular. His death will definitely be a great loss for Landscape Architecture fraternity not only within China but also to the world over.
Please convey our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends of CHSLA. We will certainly miss a man who has lead a life well lived and may his soul rest in peace. Thank you.

Dato Ismail Ngah,
Vice President – IFLA Asia Pacific Region.


Dear Xiaoming,
Please accept our deepest condolence for the passing of the Honor President Zhou Ganzhi.  This is not only the loss of CHSLA but also the profession of landscape architects’ great loss.    
Kindly Regards

Chun-Yen Chang
Delegate of IFLA Taiwan

Dear Xiaoming
On behalf of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, please pass on our condolences to Past President Zhou Ganzhi’s family and to the Chinese profession of landscape architects. We celebrate his life and contribution towards the worldwide profession of landscape architecture. The legacy of his wisdom and actions will remain always with the profession and with me personally.
Professor James Hayter
IFLA Past Treasurer

Dear Xiaoming,
I am sorry to hear of the sad news. On behalf of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, please accept our deepest condolences. 
Amongst other achievements, President Zhou has played a highly significant role in establishing bridges between China and the international arena in the field of Landscape Architecture. I am honored to be present with him in many events from years ago.
President Zhou shall be fondly remembered by all of us.
Yours Sincerely 
Professor Leslie Chen, JP
IFLA Hong Kong Delegate

Dear Xiaoming,

On behalf of the German Association of Landscape Architects (bdla), please pass on our condolences to Past President Zhou Ganzhi’s family and to the Chinese profession of landscape architects.
This is not only the loss for CHSLA and the chinese profession but also for the profession of landscape architects worldwide. I had the honor to meet Zhou Ganzhi at several conferences and meeting.    
Kindly regards
Prof. Dipl. Ing. Fritz A. Auweck
BDLA Chairman International Affairs
IFLA Europe Past President

Dear Xiaoming
I am very sorry to hear of Zhou Ganzhi’s passing. I feel privileged to have met him on a number of occasions. I was always impressed by his quiet sense of mana (that is his aura of strength and leadership).
I have not forgotten what he told us once at Beijing Forestry University – to be a landscape architect, first you must learn to paint. So his understanding of form and colour and proportion and composition served him well as a landscape architect.
No doubt you, and all our friends and colleagues in CHSLA and the profession generally in China will mourn his passing, but also celebrate a life well lived for the betterment of the world we live in.
Please pass on my condolences and best wishes to Zhou Ganzhi’s family and to all in CHSLA at this time of sadness and commemoration.
No reira (In conclusion)
E te rangatira (O great leader)
Haere, haere, haere (Farewell, farewell, farewell)
Haere ki o matua, o tipuna, karangarangamaha (Go to join your parents, your grandparents, and all your other ancestors)
No reira,
Haere, haere, haere (Farewell, farewell, farewell).
Alan Titchener
Former IFLA VP APR  

Result of the 11th IFLA APR Awards for Landscape Architecture (2014)

The IFLA APR is the only region of IFLA which convenes regional awards for landscape architecture. The Awards competition provides an opportunity for landscape architects to showcase their work and to demonstrate the quality and diversity of the landscape architectural work undertaken in the region.
This year a total of 32 entries were received from eight IFLA Member Associations including AILA, CHSLA, HKILA, IFLA-JAPAN, ILAM, KILA, NZILA and SILA – 19 in the Landscape Design category, 8 in the Landscape Planning category, and 5 in the Landscape
Management category.
The entries received this year reflect well on the quality of work being undertaken in all facets of landscape architecture in the region.
All the winners are invited to attend the Awards Presentation Ceremony which will be on 28 April, 2014 in at the Pullman Hotel Kuching (just before lunch), Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

The Winners:

Category: Landscape Design LD

1-President’s Award
Project: Goodwood Residence
Participant: ICN Design,Singapore (SILA)

2-1-Award of Excellence
Project:National University of Singapore- University Town
Participant: Sitetectonix Pte Ltd, Singapore (SILA)

2-2-Award of Excellence
Project: Halpin Way, Settlers Square And Pop Up Park
Participant: Aspect Studios, Australia (AILA)

3-1-Merit Award
Project: My Waterway@Punggol
Participant: Surbana International Consultants Pte.Ltd,Singapore(SILA)

3-2-Merit Award
Project: Open Garden Theater Design in Wulong City
Participant: Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute,China (CHSLA)

3-3-Merit Award
Project: Reitaku University – ASUNARO Building in the Woods
Participant: Keikan Sekkei Tokyo Co., Ltd, Japan (IFLA-JAPAN)

Category: Landscape Planning LP

1-President’s Award
Project:Refreshing Coast-Baegot New Town
Participant: Grouphan Associate, Korea (KILA)

2-1-Award of Excellence
Project: Symbiosis and Order-the Protection and Renewal of Historic and Cultural Blocks in Qingguo Alley
Participant: Artman Group, China (CHSLA)

2-2-Award of Excellence
Project: Xi’an International Community Ecological Strategy Study of the River Embankment and Wetland
Participant: Artman Group, China (CHSLA)

3-1-Merit Award
Project: Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Participant: AECOM, Singapore (SILA)

3-2-Merit Award
Project: Construct A Shanshui City-Tuanbo New City Conceptual Landscape Planning & Design, Tianjin City
Participant: Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute, China (CHSLA)

3-3-Merit Award
Project: A Growing Landscape-Environmental Renovation of the North District of Qianhai Shenzhen/Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation District
Participant: Shenzhen BLY Landscape & Architecture Planning & Design Institute, China (CHSLA)

Category: Landscape Management LM

1-President’s Award
Project: Yawuru Cultural Management Plan
Participant: UDLA,Australia(AILA)

2-1-Award of Excellence
Project: Revitalization of Shenzhen Futian River
Participant: Shenzhen BLY Landscape & Architecture Planning & Design Institute, China (CHSLA)

2-2-Award of Excellence
Project:Transformation of Slope 5SE-D/F68, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Participant:Landscape Unit, Highways Department, Hong Kong (HKILA)

3-1-Merit Award
Project:The Construction of The 8th China (Chongqing) International Garden Expo
Participant: The Urban Planning & Architectural Design Institute of Fudan University,Shanghai Landscape Architecture Society,China(CHSLA)

3-2-Merit Award
Project:The Yangshan Peach Culture Expo Park of China– the Protection and Construction of Peach Cultural Landscape Heritage
Participant: Zhejiang Humanities Building CO.,Ltd,China (CHSLA)