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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Last chance to enter: Landscape Institute Awards 2018

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Applications are open to enter the Landscape Institute Awards, the landscape profession’s most illustrious awards, until the end of July 2018. Celebrating excellence, innovation and creativity in the natural and built-environment, the Landscape Institute Awards showcase the exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals, including landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and the impact it has on people’s lives. There are two new categories this year: The Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature – the first Landscape Institute Award that is open to individuals and organisations globally; and an award…

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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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Council reveals Albert Square potential

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Indicative proposals to pedestrianise and enlarge Manchester’s Albert Square as part of the £330m of works at the Town Hall have been unveiled by the city council. The outline plans would see the square enlarged by around 20% to significantly enhance its role as an events space. The ideas for Albert Square were set out as part of a presentation given to July’s full Manchester City Council meeting, detailing progress on the project. Planit-IE is the landscape architect. The proposals for the square, which will be subject to full consultation at the design stage, would involve limiting traffic access to…

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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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Merrick Denton-Thompson passes torch to Adam White at LI Presidents’ Reception

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On 4 July 2018, the Landscape Institute welcomed its new president, Adam White, and thanked outgoing president Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE for his leadership and support. On behalf of the Institute, the LI’s Head of External Affairs Poppy Smith thanked Merrick ‘for his time, energy, enthusiasm and wisdom, not just for the past two years, but a long time before that’. Over 250 guests packed into the heart of the recently restored Garden Museum in Lambeth, London. The event was sponsored by CED Stone with Hillers Trees and Palmstead Nurseries generously turning the venue into a wild forest for the evening, filling…

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

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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

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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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