Brazil and USA – Urban Landscape Architecture Design Competition 2011 – Hosted by ANP – Associação Nacional de Paisagismo, Brazil with IL ASLA support

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am pleased to announce that an excellent, international (Brazil and USA) landscape urban design opportunity is available! The winning team will be hired to develop construction documents and supervise project construction. The challenge is to create a Urban Plaza in the historic town of Penedo, one of the colonial jewels of Brazil, located in the northeastern state of Alagoas. Please participate!

For complete details, please see the attached documents as well as the ANP link with a video of the project site:

3rd National ANP – Associação Nacional de Paisagismo
Urban Landscape Architecture Design Competition 2011

The Honorable Mayor of Penedo, Alagoas, Brazil
Mr. Israel Saldanha Neto,
The President of ANP – Associação Nacional de Paisagismo
Ms. Eliana Azevedo, and
The Director of THS Conventions and Exhibitions
Mr. Teodoro Henrique da Silva

Invite the landscape architecture professionals of the United States, in partnership with Brazilian professionals, to present a draft Landscape Concept Plan for the Praça da Cultura, Lagoa do Oiteiro, in the historic town of Penedo, State of Alagoas, Brazil by participating in the Third National ANP (Associação Nacional de Paisagismo) Urban Landscape Architecture Design Competition.


The proposed draft Landscape Concept Plan should contain all the guidelines of a landscape plan, but without detailed construction documents. The competition aims to present the city of Penedo with a draft Urban Landscape Plan which focuses on environmental conservation, sustainability and socio-cultural impact. For its part, the Municipal Government of Penedo will implement the design of the Competition winner, and in order to ensure fidelity in design implementation, the professional office or designer will be asked to develop detailed construction documents and supervise the construction of the project. This year, ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) is collaborating in the Design Competition and the first ten entries can join in partnership with Brazilian firms.

Registration: until June 30, 2011;
Deadline for the submission of entries: August 31, 2011 – ANP headquarters in Sao Paulo.
Award Ceremony: September 25, 2011 at 15:00 pm in the Fiaflora ExpoGarden – Anhembi Exhibit Pavilion, Sao Paulo, SP.
More Information: and
Or at the headquarters of ANP: 11 3875-4545
Please Participate and Good Luck!

Organizers: ANP (Associação Nacional de Paisagismo), Municipal Government of Penedo, Alagoas
and THS Conferences and Exhibitions
Support: ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), Green Building Council – Brazil,
AuE Solutions and Casa Grande Hotel Resort & SPA
Sponsors: Itograss, Rain Bird, VilaMac, Husqvarna, Tecnutri, TransCeasa

Penedo, Alagoas

Located in the northeastern state of Alagoas, 173 km from the state capital of Maceió, the historic town of Penedo is one of the colonial jewels of Brazil.

Founded by the Portuguese in 1613 near the mouth of the São Francisco River, Penedo was named after the rock on which it was built. The town has been occupied by the Portuguese (and briefly the Dutch) since the 16th and early 17th centuries. (Population – 59,968 (2005) with an area of 689 km²)

Historically Penedo was an important crossing point and trading center of the São Francisco River, one of Brazil’s largest and historically, most significant rivers. Affectionately called “Velho Chico” (Old Chico), the river is 2,700 kilometers long, flowing through five states of the Brazilian sertão : Minas Gerais, Bahia, Pernambuco, Sergipe, and Alagoas. This region is the subject of countless Brazilian books, stories, legends, and songs. Some decades ago, the town lost some of its earlier strategic importance when a road and rail bridge was finally built across the river at Propriá, around 30 kms upstream from Penedo.

Penedo has many important examples of Portuguese and Dutch colonial
architecture as well as beautiful landscapes. Today the town is a quiet regional centre which is well worth a visit to enjoy the architectural richness of its central area which preserves many houses, and public and religious buildings from its long and often prosperous past.

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