Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2016

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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January 2016 57 creative outdoor-living environments; Rosa Kliass established Rosa Grena Kliass Landscape Planning and Projects Ltd., and founder the Brazilian Association of Landscape Architects in 1976; Alex Hanazaki, a grandson of Japanese immigrants, is one of the "young lions" of Brazilian landscape architecture who came onto the scene in 1998 with his theatrical outdoor room designs; and Isabel Duprat, who as a young architect worked with Roberto Burle Marx to collect and study Brazil's indigenous flora. Over the past 25 years she has taken a naturalistic approach to landscape architecture that "adapts to the unique needs of a particular space." She restored Marx's garden at the Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro into a park that is the centerpiece of the São Paulo's BankBoston Building landscape. According to Silvia Tavares, a Brazilian architect and "urbanist," landscape architecture as an undergraduate degree doesn't exist in Brazil. "Landscape architecture is usually the subject of two or three courses, covered in two or three semesters. We do not have a chance of covering many aspects of landscape, such as planting, ecology and biodiversity. Our options are to study five years of architecture and urban design (including even calculations of concrete structures) and then add a couple more years to specialize in landscape, or work with professionals from other areas such as ecology, agronomy and forestry. This can be an unrealistic career path in many cases, especially when the budget for professional contracts is limited, which results in aspects of the landscape being compromised." Tavares adds: "Luckily, landscape in Brazil has been evolving and shifting from a purely architectural profession to a broader, more environment-based one. It is now recognized that the role of [landscape architects] is much larger than the artsy sketches and gardens they produce." Marcelo Novaes Marcelo Novaes, the landscape architect who designed this featured custom residential home landscape, began working at his family's nursery while attending the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas in 1975. At the nursery he created and executed his first landscape projects, and became responsible for the designs and

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