Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

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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76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Top Left: Third place design by Dandan Liu. Top Right: Zhiyao Shu, Hong Xiang Chen, Fang Xu, winners of second place. Bottom Left: Erik Granum's design and first place winner. Bottom Middle: Design by Mauricio Zamora. Bottom Left: (from left) Yafei Li, Honglin Li. ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY JASON MILLER/CED VISUAL RESOURCES CENTER Cal Students Construct Sustainable Street Furniture This year, street furniture company mmcité sponsored the third annual "Form Follows" competition at the University of California, Berkeley, which takes students from the College of Environmental Design (CED) and pits them against each other to see who can design a unique and sustainable seating element for landscapes. The specific focus for this year's competition was to design and build a seating element for the Wurster Hall courtyard that was inspired by manuscripts and designs found in the Environmental Designs Archive. A preliminary round of judging was completed on October 11 when students presented their designs to a panel of judges that included David Karásek from mmcité, Dana Buntrock, professor of architecture, Richard Hindle, assistant professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning, Elizabeth Thorp, from the CED's fabrication shop and Alex Yarovoy, a CED alumnus. After the first round of judging, five students were selected to construct their designs and were provided with a single sheet of plywood (4' x 8' x ¾" thick), finishing materials and $50 worth of steel. On November 8, the five seats were completed and on display in the Wurster Gallery for faculty, students and the general public to vote on the top three best designs. The top three winners received a cash prize and consideration by mmcité to manufacture their designs in the future. All five full-sized seats are on display at the Environmental Design Library through December 20. https://tinyurl.com/y8742ltk Copenhagen's New Stormwater Filtration System Left: Marina Bergen Jensen's new filtration system mimics natural processes found in soil because it filters out pollutants as water passes through it, just like soil does. All that it requires is the force of gravity. Landscape architecture and planning professor, Marina Bergen Jensen, from the University of Copenhagen, has patented a new urban stormwater filtration system that does not use any power or chemicals. It features a double porosity filter that was tested on smaller applications before being implemented into an actual wastewater treatment plant. The new treatment method is able to clean 110 liters of storm runoff water every second and is currently being used in a large wastewater treatment facility in Ørestad, Denmark. At the facility, runoff water from the town is collected and cleaned, before it is returned to Amager Nature Park, a 3,000-acre park located a few kilometers from City Hall. Jensen's filtration system consists of a "sandwich-type filter" that cleans water as it passes through it. As gravity pulls the water through the filtering membrane, small pollutants and particles become trapped while the clean water continues through. A Danish company named WaterCare currently manufactures and distributes Jensen's filter. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 5 8

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