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PLANT is pleased to announce that Vanessa Eickhoff, OALA CSLA, has been named an Associate of the firm. Since joining PLANT in 2008, Vanessa has been instrumental in execution and design of such projects as the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization – including the award-winning Podium Roof Garden – in Toronto, and the Canadian Firefighters’ Memorial in Ottawa, as well as bringing her expertise to numerous other projects – small and large – in the studio.
The Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Podium Green Roof Garden is the recipient of this year’s Green Roofs For Healthy Cities 2011 Award of Excellence for Extensive Instutional green roofs. The Awards ceremony was held in Philadelphia this year, as part of this year’s Cities Alive Conference. More information – and the full list of winners – is available here.
The Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Podium Green Roof Garden has received a DX Silver Award. The exhibition of all the Award winners is on at the DX until 26 Febrary 2012. More info is available here.
An interview with Lisa Rapoport of PLANT appears on the Design Exchange blog this month. The interview covers a wide range of topics, including studio life, crafting public space, and ritual in domestic architecture. Read the blog post here.
Lisa Rapoport was interviewed by the Globe recently, about the recent trend towards exhibitionism in residential architecture, among other things. Read the interview here.
If you missed it in last week’s paper, check out the story Farmhouse addition adds a modern touch by Carolyn Ireland on the Globe website. In it, PLANT's Creemore Farm is featured along with an interview with our client. The link won't last long, so check it out while you can. link >
The summer issue of Landscape|Paysages is on the newsstands now featuring his year’s CSLA Award winners, including the Nathan Phillips Square Podium Room Garden. This is what the Jury had to say about the project:
“A visually striking, brave solution that makes people look at adjacent lands differently...a contemporary art piece.” | « Une solution saisissante et audacieuse qui vous fait jeter un regard nouveau sur les terres adjacentes... une oeuvre d’art contemporain. »
Pick up a copy, or check it out online: link >
Fourpeat! (?) For the fourth year running, PLANT is recommended in Toronto Life's Home Decor Guide. Pick up a copy for tips on all of your design needs. link >
Chris Pommer will be speaking on a panel with Michael Awad and Samantha Sannella this weekend. The discussion will centre on building downtown culture, in the context of the Revitalization of Viljo Revell’s archetypal City Hall and Square. Join us – and check out the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – this Sunday, 10 July 2011, at noon in the City Hall Rotunda. (The Podium Roof Garden is in full bloom, too, so bring your lunch and enjoy the sun up there.)
Spacing magazine has named Nathan Phillips Square the top public space in Toronto, and one of the top in Canada. Pick up the current issue today.
The Dublin Grounds of Remembrance has been shortlisted for a 2011 EDRA Great Places Award. The announcement will be made in Chicago on 26 May at the Environmental Design Research Association’s EDRA42 Conference. Watch this space for more news. link>
PLANT’s design of the “PaperStone Scissors” product booth has been awarded a 2010 Best of Canada Award by Canadian Interiors magazine. The booth was commissioned by the Interior Design Show in 2009 for its series Collaborations, in which they pair a material supplier and an architect, with the challenge to create an installation using only that material. more info>
PLANT has just completed a renovation of Ferguson Ferguson’s classic Berkeley Avenue live/work building. Watch this space for more images soon.
Be sure to check out the exhibition Revell/Toronto/Helsinki, which runs from 13–26 September 2010 at Toronto City Hall. Frank Gehry wil be speaking on the 13th at 8pm in the Council Chamber about the influence of Finland and Revell on his work. On 23 September from 6:30–9pm, Chris Pommer of PLANT will be part of a panel discussion in the Council Chamber on the impact of City Hall on Canadian Architecture, and the design of the Revitalization. more info>
Chris Pommer made a sunrise appearance on Metro Morning (live from Nathan Phillips Square) this week, as part of their program on civic engagement. listen here>
PLANT and Douglas Coupland have been awarded the commission for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa. The competition jury selected from among five collaborative teams. The project will begin design development this fall, with a projected completion date of Autumn 2012. more>
The Toronto City Hall Podium Roof Garden is one of the reasons to love Toronto, according to Toronto Life. Check out the August issue and find out what sedums have in common with drive-ins, fixie bikes, and chicken & waffles in making this city great. link>
The Podium Roof Garden on Toronto City Hall (phase one of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization) officially opens tomorrow as part of Doors Open Toronto. Come celebrate this weekend and get your first look at Toronto's newest public garden (and the first taste of what’s to come on the rest of the Square).
The Podium Roof of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization will be officially opened as part of Doors Open Toronto this Year. Come down on May 29th & 30th for the first look at Toronto's newest public garden.
The Dublin Grounds of Remembrance has been awarded a CSLA National Honour Award.
An article on Blue Note appears in this winter’s issue of Canadian Theatre Review. For those who missed the performance, the article’s included performance score allows the reader to immerse themselves in the tone of the performance.
The Roadshow Interviews are online! Check out Lisa Rapoport’s (and the others’) interviews at the-roadshow.tumblr.com.
PLANT’s scheme for Arvo Pärt Hall in Rakvere is part of a curated exhibit at the Virumaa Museums gallery in Rakvere, Estonia until 21 September 2009. Thereafter it will travel to the Estonian Museum of Architecture in Tallinn, Estonia.
Lisa Rapoport will be crossing the country talking about PLANT’s work as part of the Architectural Roadshow. (More info here.) Come and check it out when it’s in your town!
Toronto Life has declared PLANT’s landscapes the Best of the City. Read it yourself (on page 53, fyi) over here. >
The Dublin Grounds of Remembrance opened officially on Memorial Day. The grounds were filled to overflowing for the official dedication ceremony and flyover. More photos here. >
PLANT has created a booth for Paperstone at this year’s Interior Design Show entitled Paperstone Scissors. The booth is an exploration of the structural and fabrication possibilities of the material, and will be on display from 5–8 February 2009 at the Direct Energy Centre.
PLANT’s Boustrophedon Garden has received a Best of Category Award in Landscape Architecture at this year’s DX Awards.
Liza’s Garden was recently extensively profiled in both Landscape World and International New Landscape magazines.
The University of Applied Arts Vienna / Department Landscape Design presented an exhibition of the work in Tim Richardson’s “Avant Gardeners” in the conservatory of the Botanical Gardens. Two PLANT projects were included in the book and the exhibit. link>
Blue Note, PLANT’s theatrical/installation collaboration with Nightswimming, opens tonight at York Quay Centre. The show will run until Sunday, 21 September 2008.
Liza’s Garden, a green roof installation to on the roof of the Royal Ontario Museum has officially opened. Visit c5 over the next few years to watch it grow.
PLANT has been awarded a CSLA Regional Merit award for Liza’s Garden, a green roof installation to be built this year on the roof of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Macroscape, PLANT’s entry garden for Canada Blooms 2008 was the recipient of three prizes at the show: the OALA Best Overall Garden Award, the Humber Nurseries Best Overall Use of Plant Material Award, and the Certified Landscape Designer Best Interpretation of Show Theme Award. The theme of this year’s show was Flower Power.
Agora|Theatre, our team’s scheme for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Project, has been awarded a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. Look for it in the December 2007 Issue of the magazine. link>
PLANT won double gold at this year's Design Exchange Awards. Foote's Pond Wood was awarded a Gold Award in the Landscape Architecture category, and the Woodlawn Residence was awarded a Gold Award in the Interior Design – Residential category.
Agora|Theatre, the PLANT team's scheme for Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto has been awarded an Award of Excellence as part of the Toronto Urban Design Awards in the Vision and Master Plan category.
PLANT's Ravine Forecourt project has been awarded a Best of Canada Design Award by Canadian Interiors magazine.
Two projects by PLANT have been awarded prizes as part of the Premio Internazionale Torsanlorenzo 2007. Roxborough Garden One was awarded the First Prize in the “Private Gardens and Parks in Cities and Suburbs” Category. Foote’s Pond Wood was awarded Second Prize in the “Landscape Design in Transformation of the Territory – Environmental Restoration, Renewal, and Recovery” Category. link>
Nightswimming and PLANT have been awarded a Fresh Ground commission by Harbourfront Centre for a theatrical collaboration entitled Blue Note. Presented to artist groups working in cross-disciplinary media, the Fresh Ground awards are the largest awards available to artists in Canada to assist with the production of new works. Blue Note, a performance piece inspired by a long-standing interest in choirs, not only tells a story about a group of individuals who come together to sing, but also explores site-specific staging and an interactive audience/performer relationship. link>
PLANT has won the commission for a Veterans’ Project in Dublin, Ohio after a two-stage invited competition. Entitled The Dublin Grounds of Remembrance, the project is on a site occupied by a historical cemetery and a forest on the edge of a river gorge. The scheme will create a new memorial grove of sycamores with a ceremonial loggia, and weaves a new path into the forest, lined with commemorative inscriptions and terminating in a “memory wall”. The project is scheduled for completion in November 2007. link>
The team led by PLANT, Shore Tilbe Irwin & Parners, Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture Inc., and Adrian Blackwell have been named the winners of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Competition. link>
The final schemes for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Competition have been revealed. The panels and models are on display at Toronto City Hall until 26 February 2007. The scheme developed by PLANT, Shore Tilbe Irwin & Parners, Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture Inc., and Adrian Blackwell, is one of the final four schemes up for consideration. link>