Alumni from the Landscape Architecture courses at Kingston University have recently been honoured for their projects at the Landscape Institute Awards held earlier this month in London. The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession.
Tom Smith ( BA class of 1997) and Jack Wu ( BA class of 2005) were part of the AECOM team which won a highly commended award in the Communications and Presentation category for the 2016 Olympic Park Design, Rio de Janeiro.
The city of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil’s Architects Institute put out an international call for the masterplan for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park. The winning entry to the 2016 Olympic Park design competition envisioned a vibrant park for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that regenerates a waterfront district and transitions over subsequent decades into a supportive environment for community residents. The design sought inspiration from the city’s elements, building on the experience gained in developing the masterplan for London’s 2012 Games, grounded in a strategy that looked at long-term usage. The design imagines a new relationship between built form and environment based on sport, recreation, sustainability and ecology. A key element was communicating a vision that was understanding of Rio and captured the energy and excitement of the Games as a long-term catalyst for Rio’s emergence.
Also, Jack Wu and Brian Leung (class of 2006) were part of the AECOM team which won a highly commended award in the Design for a Large Scale Public Development category for Datong Wenying Lake, China.
Datong is one of the important cities of the Chinese Coal Belt. Due to heavy industrial and urban development and the geographical condition, Datong suffers from drought and Wenying Lake is depleted of water from its original function as a reservoir for the city. The project restores the ecosystem and landscape of Wenying Lake to its former beauty, providing ‘green lungs’ to an industrial city, and establishing a waterfront recreation destination to enhance the quality of life in Datong City.