News & Updates
The New, New York [13.01.03] Moving beyond New York City, a new year proposal for New York's coasts & climates will be released soon, featuring a 2-year statewide strategy that focuses on urban risks and potentials ranging from coastal infrastructure, alternative energy systems, and regional mobility networks. Watch Governor Andrew M. Cuomo present the NYCoast project during his annual State of the State Address to the NYS Legislature on January 9, 2013.
Military-Logistical Landscape [12.10.01] "Logistics Islands: The Global Supply Archipelago & the Topologics of Defense", a collaborative article is featured in this month's issue of the Journal PRISM 3.4 (September 2012), published by the National Defense University Press, the first of five chapters to come in the production of The Landscape of Defense book planned for 2013/2014.
Return [12.07.01] Sanriku project, an initiative by Miho Mazereeuw's Urban Risk Lab, and funded by the Japan Disaster Relief Fund with Harvard's Reischauer Institute, currently under way in Minami-Sanriku (Northern Japan), following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in April 2011.
Infrastructural Ecologies [12.03.26] Landscape Infrastructure: Urbanism beyond Engineering chapter published as part of a new book "Infrastructure Sustainability & Design" from Routledge, edited by Spiro Pollalis, Andreas Georgoulias, Stephen Ramos, and Daniel Schodek, on the design and planning of contemporary infrastructures.
Valley Urbanization [11.11.13] Dübenholz project receives First Prize from Denkallmend, the Bristol Foundation, University of Zurich, Hamburg University of Architecture and Metropolitan Development, and Zurich University of the Arts for the Dübendorf Airport Competition in the suburban valley region of Zurich.
Preemptive Landscape [11.09.26] Research on a prototype for re-urbanization along the Pacific Ring of Fire in the tsunami-affected region of Sendai (Northern Japan), published in Topos Magazine, Issue 76, focusing on Crisis, Urbanism and Landscape.
Energy Forest [11.07.24] Competition project for the future of the Dübendorf Airport in the Zurich Valley Region selected as 1 of 4 shortlisted entries for the final stage in late October 2011.
Global Land Grab [11.07.12] Research on soil societies, plant empires and agrarian cities published in GAM - Graz Architecture Magazine, Issue 07.
RECON [11.06.06] Post-tsunami reconnaissance work in Northern Japan's Minami Sanriku-cho region in preparation for post-disaster reconstruction and pre-disaster planning work....update in late September.
EVAC [11.04.03] Coastal evacuation strategy and preventive urban scenarios presented to governmental delegation in earthquake-prone Chile.
Ag Timeline [11.02.15] Coming soon in GAM 07 with an opening exhibition in Graz, a brief 8,000-year timeline of soil & plants, techniques & technologies, crops & cultures, industries & ecologies, empires & urbanization.
Regionalization [10.11.15] On the cover of JOLA (Journal of Landscape Architecture), with a photo of Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House flooding along the Fox River, and as a feature article of this Fall's edition of the European Journal.
Ten Years After [10.09.28] Tracking the development and expansion of a soil recycling facility built in 2000 through a series of timeline aerials.
Planning for the 22nd Century [10.09.17] In conjunction with the Netherlands Ministry of Spatial Planning, the Netherlands Architecture Fund supports design research on the long term future of the Dutch Delta Region, looking towards the next century. More to come....welovefloods.nl
Tropicalized [10.07.26] 1st Prize in Sydney's Sea Change 2030+ International Design Competition organized by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Peak Dirt [10.06.21] 3000-year timeline of food production, pesticides, petro-chemicals and colonial power nearing completion.
Demilitarization [10.06.19] Research visualization in preliminary stages for next month's ESRI International Conference at the Environmental Systems Research Institute in San Diego, CA.
21st Century Infrastructure [10.06.07] German publisher Lars Müller releases the book, Ecological Urbanism, edited by Mohsen Mostafavi & Gareth Doherty, featuring an OPSYS essay on "Redefining Infrastructure".
Concrete Learning [10.05.31] New footage from Ellesmere skatepark in Toronto by Jim Barnum at Spectrum and Chris Walters at Pine Tree, a robo-dozing project from '08.
Spin This [10.04.29] Landscape Infrastructures DVD receives Honor Award in the Communications Category of the American Society of Landscape Architects 2010 Professional Awards.
Moving Buildings [10.01.12] In collaboration with structural building mover Gabriel Raymond Inc. from Baie-des-Sables, OPSYS demobilizes and remobilizes government service facilities in Québec to new intersection on A20 Highway, saving the City $1.25 million.
Exhibit Up [10.01.22] Research and design work from the Maasvlakte 2100 project up at the Harvard Graduate School of Design until beginning of March.
Aflsuitdijk Competition [09.12.11] Honorable mention in the public design competition for the World Sustainability Centre Competition during the unveiling of winning designs.
Peering into the Future [09.12.09] Interview with Joe Brown from EDAW|AECOM, the largest planning firm in the world.
Ecologies of Scale [09.11.16] Interview with Michael Hough on planning, preservation, pedagogy and public works.
Aflsuitdijk Competition [09.10.01] OPSYS nominated as finalist in the public design competition for the World Sustainability Centre along the Afsluitdijk, a 32-kilometre causeway in the Netherlands.
Becoming Dutch [09.09.30] OPSYS receives professional licensure from the Stichting Bureau Architectenregister to practice urban planning, landscape and architecture in the Netherlands.
DVD Release [09.08.27] Release and publication of the Landscape Infrastructures DVD edited by the Lab and published by the Canada National Research Council.