July 18, 2018

NSW government proposes enclave around western Sydney Metro station


A proposal for the enclave development of government-owned land around an under-construction Sydney metro station would bring higher-density residential buildings to western Sydney. Landcom, the NSW government’s property development arm, is seeking concept approval to develop the land around the under-construction Tallawong metro station (formerly known as Cudgegong Road Station), designed by Hassell, in Sydney’s Rouse Hill. The station is being built as the northern terminus of the Sydney Metro Northwest project, which is set to begin service in 2019. The proposal would see surplus government land around the station converted into a largely residential enclave, with an indicative residential yield of 1,100…

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International Garden Festival in Quebec opens 19th edition


For its 19th edition, the International Garden Festival is having some fun. The Festival continues its exploration of play with Playsages II – Go Outside and Play! Landscape architects, architects, artists and designers from across Canada and around the world responded to our call for proposals to imagine creative spaces to showcase in Quebec. Seven new projects offer imaginative spaces where families can congregate and play together all summer. Jump into a canoe to traverse a pond. Choose your own column for a photo op. Leap skyward above the walls of a corn maze. Ascend the vertical cliffs of a metallic Percé Rock….

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LT Studio Landscape Architects with Invisible Studio win planning for East Quay Cultural Development


LT Studio Landscape Architects with Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio have won planning for a new community seafront regeneration scheme in Watchet, West Somerset.  The development aims to bring jobs, nurture creative enterprise and attract visitors to Watchet in a flagship £6m cultural enterprise scheme working with architect Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio. The project will bring 40 jobs and five apprenticeships and is estimated to bring an increased tourism spend to the area of around £6.7m. The proposals for the 1,094m² scheme include art studios, a gallery, shared workspaces, maker spaces, a print workshop and a café. Overlooking Watchet’s marina, the…

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MAD architects’ first US project, a hilltop residential village


‘Gardenhouse’, MAD architects’ first project in the US, has topped out in beverly hills. the plant-covered residential complex is described by MAD as a ‘hillside village’ and, once finished, will be composed of a cluster of white glass villas and trees that ascend upward. the project, which was first unveiled as ‘8600 wilshire’ in 2015, is currently on track for completion in 2018. The 18-unit complex is currently under construction at 8600 wilshire boulevard, an affluent area in the california city. MAD has designed the site to comprise three townhouses, two studios, five villas and eight condominiums that are arranged to cultivate a private neighborhood feeling in…

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Leading landscape architects take part in Exhibit and Lecture Series at LBIF


“Landscape Design Architecture: The Coast” exhibition and lecture series, now at the Long Beach Island Foundation, LBIF, of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies, combines art, architecture, science and learning as it addresses environmental issues of sustainability, resiliency, eco-preservation, particularly those that are critical to this region, Ocean County and the New Jersey coast. The significance of art, science and design working together is showcased in the extensive exhibit in the Blai Galley, and the lecture series shines with internationally recognized leaders in landscape architecture. Their cutting edge projects all have a special focus on the coastal landscape, projects that have…

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re-form appointed to £200m Pall Mall Exchange urban masterplan in Liverpool


re-form Landscape Architecture has been appointed by CTP and Kier Property to design a major new public realm scheme as part of the £200m Pall Mall Exchange urban masterplan project in Liverpool. re-form, whose portfolio includes the £25m transformation of Hull city centre’s public realm as part of its UK City of Culture status in 2017, will work alongside master planning architects Allies & Morrison to develop the landscape and public realm proposals which will include a series of streets and squares throughout the 4.2-hectare site. A planning application will be submitted by the end of the summer. A joint venture partnership…

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Shortlist for Garden City of the 21st Century Competition


Shortlisted landscape designs announced for first Garden City of the 21st Century Competition showcases world class landscape ideas to help develop a modern, healthy city at Ebbsfleet, Kent. In March an international design competition was launched by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and the NHS to find the best creative and inspiring ideas to help shape the landscape of what will be the first new Garden City of the 21st Century, and the largest of 10 Healthy New Towns being developed in the UK. On 2 July, the shortlist of the winning ideas was announced at the Housing Design Awards 2018, as part…

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Shortlist revealed for World Landscape Architecture Festival Awards 2018


The World Landscape Architecture Festival Awards 2018 have released the shortlists for both the Rural and Urban project categories at this years ceremony to be held in November. Rural Projects AECOM – Singapore-Nanjing Eco Island Waterfront Scenic Belt Phase 1, Nanjing, China Batlle i Roig Arquitectura – Pedestrian Path along the Gypsum Mines, Barcelona, Spain Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter with Landskapsfabrikken – Uredd rest area, Gildeskål Municipality, Norway Shma Company – Lupin Research Park, Pune, India TERROIR – Koondrook Wharf, Koondrook, Australia Urban Projects ANTAO Group – Pride of Life, Kunming, China Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute – Olympic…

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Environmental Street Furniture opens first office in America


Northern Ireland based Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) has announced the opening of their first office in America. Simultaneously, the company’s Stellar Solar Smart Bench was launched in New York City by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, as part of the Smart Cities campaign. ESF’s new office is located in Washington and is the company’s first entity in the US. The decision to open an American office follows numerous successful contracts in the themed entertainment industry in North America. Alan Lowry, managing director of ESF said the move into America was the next step in growing the business. Alan said: “Throughout our…

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Southampton’s Watermark Westquay wins 2018 Prix-Versailles World Architecture Award


Watermark Westquay, a major mixed-use scheme in Southampton by architect ACME with landscape design by Grant Associates, has won a coveted 2018 Prix-Versailles World Architecture Award. The scheme for developer Hammerson won the Shopping Malls category, an award strongly contested by 8 shortlisted projects from around the world. Featuring a 10-screen multiplex cinema, bowling alley, 24 restaurants and cafés, a new public plaza and esplanade, Watermark is the first of a two-part redevelopment of a key area within Southampton’s town centre. Underpinned by Southampton City Council’s aim to reconnect the city to the sea, the overall design vision for Watermark…

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