July 18, 2018

NSW government proposes enclave around western Sydney Metro station

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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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Revamp of Springfield Park before adding new greenspace

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Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted said every city should have a large park for “unbending of the faculties.” A potential reality now for Springfield residents. Notable urban parks across the country offering respite from the hustle and bustle of the city include Law’s massive Central Park in New York City (843 acres), Savannah’s Forsythe Park (30 acres), and Boston’s Common (40 acres). If you can look beyond the decaying infrastructure and prison-like fences that keep residents out, then you’ll discover Jacksonville has a space that was once worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence with some of the…

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Tropical recreation area set to cool central Singapore

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Students from the Institute of Landscape Architecture are planning some natural ways to cool the heat-afflicted metropolis of Singapore. Their testing ground is a disused railway line reclaimed by nature and converted into a tropical recreation area. The midday heat in Singapore is merciless. The sun over this tropical metropolis doesn’t shine, it burns. That’s why the city has air-conditioned underpasses that connect metro stations to shopping centres and office buildings, creating kilometres of interconnected tunnels that give its 5.6 million inhabitants at least some temporary respite from the adverse climate. This Wednesday lunchtime, ETH Professor of Landscape Architecture Christophe…

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International Garden Festival in Quebec opens 19th edition

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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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MAD architects’ first US project, a hilltop residential village

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‘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

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“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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Shortlist revealed for World Landscape Architecture Festival Awards 2018

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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

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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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ASLA announces 2018 Honors recipients

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Carol Franklin, FASLA to receive ASLA Medal, Andropogon wins Firm Award The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) today announced its 2018 honors recipients. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. The honors will be presented at the president’s dinner on October 22, held during the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, October 19–22, in Philadelphia. 2018 Honors ASLA Medal: Carol Franklin, FASLA Carol Franklin, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect. Franklin, a founding principal of Andropogon Associates Ltd., has been at the…

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Landscape Architects outline blueprint for climate smart, resilient communities

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Climate change is intensifying the negative impacts of standard development practices and is putting people and communities across the United Sates at risk. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) convened an interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience in September 2017, and this week ASLA released a blueprint for helping secure a sustainable and resilient future that summarizes the panel’s work and recommendations. Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: The Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience found that the U.S. needs a new paradigm for communities that works in…

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