Landscape Architecture

Posted October 31, 2019

‘LA+ ICONOCLAST’ Showcases Winning Designs for a Post-Apocalyptic Central Park

ICONOCLAST, the 10th issue of LA+, documents the winners of last year's international competition to redesign New York's Central Park.

“From megastructures to new ecologies and radical ideas for democratizing public space, the LA+ ICONOCLAST winning entries show how designers can move beyond the status quo of picturesque large parks and embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century,” says jury chair Richard Weller, professor and chair of landscape architecture, Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, and co-executive director of The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology.

From a total of 193 submissions competing for a share of $20,000 in prize money and feature publication in LA+, the jury awarded five equal winners:

  • Tiago Torres-Campos
  • John Beckmann, Hannah LaSota, and Laeticia Hervy (Axis Mundi Design; New York, USA)
  • Chuanfei Yu, Jiaqi Wang, and Huiwen Shi (Southeast University; Nanjing, China)
  • Joe Rowling, Nick McLeod, and Javier Arcila (e8urban; Sydney, Australia)
  • Song Zhang and Minzhi Lin (Song and Minzhi; Shanghai, China)

The issue includes interviews with the jurors and a feature essay by Julia Czerniak (author of Large Parks) which explores the entries through the lens of Central Park design history. Along with Weller, LA+ ICONOCLAST’s jurors were Lola Sheppard (partner, Lateral Office), Charles Waldheim (professor and director of the Office of Urbanism, Harvard GSD), Jenny Osuldsen (partner and director, Snøhetta), Geoff Manaugh (author, BLDGBLOG), and Beatrice Galilee (associate curator of architecture and design, Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Beginning with the publication of ICONOCLASTall issues are now available digitally.  

LA+ explores landscape architecture's interdisciplinary potential, bringing readers a rich collection of contemporary thinkers and designers in two lavishly illustrated issues annually. Its aim is to reveal connections and build collaborations between landscape architecture and other disciplines by exploring each issue’s theme from multiple perspectives.