LAF’s Landscape Performance Webinar: Practice-Based Research

Image © Landscape Architecture Foundation

Image © Landscape Architecture Foundation

OLIN’s Partner and Director of Research Skip Graffam will be hosted by the Landscape Architecture Foundation in their Landscape Performance Webinar Series. Along with Allyson Mendenhall of Design Workshop and Deb Mitchell from SmithGroupJJR, the webinar will overview how landscape performance research is used in everyday practice. The webinar will take place Thursday March 20th, 2013 from 1PM until 2PM. Register here now to attend.

Integrating Natural Processes into the City Fabric of the Global American South

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On Saturday February 22 at 2:30 Ben Monette (Senior Landscape Architect, OLIN), Kofi Boone (Professor, NC State University), and Emily McCoy (Associate, Andropogon), will be co-presenting on the topic: Integrating Natural Processes into the City Fabric of the Global American South at the Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South Conference.  The conference is presented by UNC Center for Global Initiatives on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EST), in Chapel Hill, NC.  Emily, Ben, and Kofi will be presenting in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus.

10 Things You Must Know If You Want to Study Landscape Architecture

OLIN has a longstanding commitment to academia. Look no further than our staff who teach at universities nationally, research partnerships for projects, and OLIN’s summer internship program. The richness of our professional practice is a result of this, and welcoming new minds is critical to the thriving academic world. But the move into the landscape architecture discipline requires some considerations to understand the profession. These are the 10 things you must know if you want to study landscape architecture. The following article was written by Dalia Zein and was originally published on Landscape Architecture Network.

Construction Scrim Addressing Urban Malcontent

The fence surrounding the construction site of the Barnes Foundation. Image © OLIN.

The fence surrounding the construction site of the Barnes Foundation. Image © OLIN.

Construction projects can contribute to the malcontent of urban life. The biggest reminder of that are the limitations they put on pedestrian movement during this last phase before opening. Until our work as a landscape architecture firm is finished, the built environment needs to be… well… built. However, in progress some projects engage with pedestrians using the construction scrim on the boundaries of construction sites. Here are some clever examples of how artful and interactive construction scrim can be.

OLIN Featured in LAM

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We are proud to be featured in the January 2014 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine . The profile takes a look at the Philadelphia studio, the direction of our complex and innovative urban work at the Syracuse Connective Corridor and the Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan, and the work completed on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Namely, the Philadelphia Art Museum’s Sol Lewitt, Lines in Four Directions in Flowers, Anne D’Arnoncourt Sculpture Garden, Rodin Museum, and Barnes Foundation are featured alongside many other Philadelphia projects. Photography by OLIN’s own Sahar Coston-Hardy and Will Belcher bring the projects to life within the magazine, and on the issue’s cover. All of Landscape Architecture Magazine’s issues are available by subscription and in digital editions at Zinio.

The Plaza at Santa Monica Moves Forward

The Plaza at Santa Monica, as it would appear from Arizona Avenue. Image © OMA

The Plaza at Santa Monica, as it would appear from Arizona Avenue. Image © OMA

The Santa Monica City Council has authorized City Staff to negotiate an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with the development team of Metropolitan Pacific Capital, Clarett West and DLJ Capital Partners to transform an underutilized parcel at Arizona Avenue and Fourth Street into new world-class mixed use development in the heart of the Santa Monica’s vibrant downtown. This decision follows a national design competition to create a contemporary yet contextual solution to the property, one of downtown Santa Monica’s last undeveloped sites. The winning entry, The Plaza at Santa Monica, was designed by award-winning architects OMA, local architects Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, and OLIN.

Giant Snails in Columbus Circle

Image © Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Miami

Image © Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Miami

Four giant red snails are on display in Columbus Circle in New York City. The installation from the Cracking Art Group curated by the Galleria Ca’ d’Oro is composed entirely of plastic sourced from landfills as part of the REgeneration Art Project. The snails will be displayed up until the installation’s closing on January 6th.

Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall

OLIN lead the design and construction of the terrace of Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The public courtyard connects the two residence hall’s north and south buildings entirely over a parking structure above street level. Features on site include stormwater collection for rain cistern use and low maintenance plantings that require no irrigation contribute to the liveliness of Temple’s student activities. The courtyard terrace provides a relaxing greenspace on the urban campus that performs as a gateway to the North Philadelphia campus.

OLIN Offices Closed 12/24-12/25 & 1/1

OLIN Holiday Card Final

OLIN will be closed Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 , Wednesday, December 25th, 2013, and Wednesday, January 1st, 2014.

Love Letter to the Rail Park

“I think this project could be a game-changer for the city.” That’s what former Governor Ed Rendell says of the Rail Park in the short film by Good Motion Project. Philadelphian stakeholders from government, the design teams,  Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School and Friends of the Rail Park organization all contribute their thoughts about the value the park will bring to the city. The documentary premiered at an event hosted by Friends of the Rail Park, which has generated considerable support for the project.