IFLA Student Design Competition 2011

Landscape Architecture

From HSR

Prior to the 48th IFLA World Congress, the annual student competition was conducted by the HSR University of Applied Science in Rapperswil. The topic’s guiding principle was “Urban Boundaries”,?because dealing with land as a resource in a sustainable way is a globally recognized goal.

A record number of entrants submitted their concepts dealing with landscape architectural responses to conflicting values for land, and showing that urban boundaries can be positive transitional elements between the urban landscape and the open landscape. The entrants were undergraduate and master students from all over the world.

A jury under the chair of Prof. Beverly Sandalack appraised and selected the winners by mid April. The competition office led by Prof. Joachim Kleiner and Dipl. Ing. Kerstin G?decke. Overall 360 design concepts were submitted which was clearly above the expectation of 250 concepts.

1st Place: Layers of Time

Title Layers of Time
Award IFLA Group Han Prize for Student Landscape Architecture
Authors Vasiliki Nikoloutsou, Isavella – Ines Oikonomopoulou- Paraskeyopoulou
University National Technical University of Athens
Department School of Architecture
Country Greece

This project deals with Kotichi Lagoon, an aquatic biosystem of international significance and the most important ecosystem of Peloponnese in Greece. The transition of the lagoon from gradual natural evolution, but mostly from unsustainable exploitation, as well as insufficient management, have irreversibly degraded the landscape. This proposal considers the borders through a new definition of time, and considers protection of the fauna and flora of the area, together with human movement, circulation, education and framed views.

The jury commended the clear and strong narrative, and the contemporary approach of dealing with the landscape as well as cultural issues. This is a very convincing project that pushes the boundaries between many disciplines and is not afraid to touch on the ephemeral and intangible concept of time. It is subtle, and could be realized with minimal intervention. The presentation is graphically very strong and poetic.

2nd Place: Vibrant Land

Title Vibrant Land – shifting (urban) boundaries in Coastal North Carolina
Award IFLA Zvi Miller Prize
Authors Jorrit Noordhuizen, Inge Kersten
University Wageningen University
Department Chairgroup Landscape Architecture
Country the Netherlands

This project deals with the dynamic landscape of the barrier island coast of North Carolina. The urban area at the shoreline clashes with the natural flows of the landscape, resulting in a landscape of loss and destruction, so that natural boundary areas between urban and rural have almost completely disappeared. The project shows that in order to transform this landscape into a sustainable and attractive environment, it is necessary to enable natural and human flows to interact. The dune landscape is rebuilt, and a new public space typology is introduced that engages natural and human flows, utilizing most notably a simple designed wooden structure that has great versatility of use.

This project succeeds in proposing landscape to live in, rather than landscape to simply be consumed. It emphasises the process of remaking a more sustainable landscape for living, and a more attractive landscape for experiencing, notably considering this throughout the seasons. The use of the wooden structural element is variously concealed and revealed, resulting in subtle and variable landforms. The project includes the interesting notion of using sand, an element that is constantly shifting, but that is anchored around one element. Playful and functional at the same time. Graphics were very convincing and clear.


3rd Place: Vertical Density

Title “Vertical Densities: productive landscapes at the urban edge”
Award Merit Award
Authors ?E. Scott Mitchell, Amy Whitesides, Chen Chen
University Harvard Graduate School of Design
Department Landscape Architecture
Country United States

Group Members:The South Weymouth Naval Air Station (SOWEY) is a 750 hectare ex-military base located at the convergence of 3 suburban towns. In reaction to proposed plans for SOWEY that do not adequately address the region ?s economic, land use and environmental issues, this project considers the site as a public regional resource and a potential prototype for urban development. It protects and replenishes freshwater resources, provides flood control services, conserves habitat for endangered species, and serves as a testing ground for emergent high altitude wind generation technologies that could serve as an economic resource for the region.

The jury found this to be a powerful and artistic submission that considers energy and the investigation of alternatives for an inevitable future without many of the conventional energy sources. The project proposes a multi-layered landscape that most notably explores the airspace through innovative considerations of various uses. The sky is the limit with this project! Graphically the project is superior with some visionary decisions about how to communicate the ideas which resulted in a highly integrated presentation.

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