Posted in LAM MAGAZINE, NOW, PRACTICE, tagged Affiliate ASLA, American Institute of Architects, Chris Torres, Design for Dignity, homeless, homelessness, international ASLA, Kelly Majewski, Kelly Shannon, Los Angeles, Melendrez, Pershing Square, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, SoCal, Southern California, Superjacent, Timothy A. Schuler, Tony Paradowski, University of Southern California, urban design, visibility on August 18, 2016|
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BY TIMOTHY A. SCHULER
A new firm in L.A. thinks it’s time to turn up the volume on landscape architecture.
Earlier this spring, Kelly Majewski, Affiliate ASLA, was one of more than 100 designers in Los Angeles who attended Design for Dignity, a one-day “congress” convened by the L.A. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to identify ways to alleviate the city’s homeless crisis. But for Majewski, a landscape designer, the takeaway may not have been what the organizers hoped. “I got asked by multiple architects, once they found out I did landscape architecture, what I was doing at this conference,” she says. “I heard it three times. Which just blows my mind.”
Majewski founded Superjacent, a new landscape architecture and urban design studio, with Tony Paradowski and Chris Torres in January 2016. And it’s interactions like those at the AIA conference that inspired (more…)
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Posted in BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, HISTORY, LAM MAGAZINE, REUSE, tagged abandoned, Aegean Sea, airplanes, airport, Alex Ulam, Alimos, Antoinette Nassopoulos-Erickson, Argyroupolis, ASLA, Athens, Charles Anderson, Eero Saarinen, Europe, FASLA, Foster + Partners, Glyfada, graffiti, Greece, Greek, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Hellinikon, Hellinikon International Airport, international competition, Lamda Development, Mediterranean, Melendrez, mythology, National Garden, National Technical University of Athens, native, Olympic Sculpture Park, Olympics, Philippe Coignet, placemaking, repurpose, sustainable, Syriza, Thomas Doxiadis, top soil, University of Patras, urban, Weiss/Manfredi, Werk on March 24, 2016|
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BY ALEX ULAM
From Los Angeles, Charles Anderson, FASLA, tackles the site of a lifetime at the old Athens airport.
The Hellinikon, an enormous area on the outskirts of Athens, Greece, is testament to how rapidly man-made forms literally can go to seed. From a hillside overgrown with unruly purple bougainvillea, you can see hundreds of structures in various states of decay across a vast expanse that terminates at a highway along the Aegean Sea. Just below, clumps of scrub grass have thrust their way up between stadium seating overlooking a complex of structures that includes a series of moldering concrete ramps built for a 2004 Summer Olympics kayaking event.
Near the decaying Olympic venues are the sprawling remains of the former Hellinikon International Airport. These include the ghostly, white-columned terminal for international flights designed by Eero Saarinen. Today, this modernist interpretation of Greek temple architecture is fenced off, and through the broken windows under its porticos, you can see rubble. The concrete runways are cracked, and they have large puddles, oases for seagulls and packs of wild dogs. Security guards cruise around in unmarked cars; they are the only other people anyone is likely to find on the grounds. Next to the terminal is a row of jets, several with retractable stairs attached. At first they look as though (more…)
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