Gustafson Porter win Valencia Parque Central competition

Valencia Parque Central

Leading landscape architects Gustafson Porter have won a high profile competition to design the Valencia Parque Central. The winning project “Aigua Plena de Seny” was developed by an international multi-disciplinary team which is a joint venture led by Gustafson Porter and includes Borgos Pieper architects (London/ Barcelona), Nova Ingeniería Project Management and Grupotec Engineers from Valencia.

The international competition initially drew 36 teams from eight countries. The five short-listed design teams to submit a master plan at the final stage of the competition also included Foreign Office Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour +Partner and West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture. The designs were judged by a jury comprising prominent members of the local architecture and landscape community and the Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, who announced the winning design of the international competition on 25 January 2011.

With a total surface of 66 hectares and an investment of 73 million Euros, the Valencia Parque Central project is, according to the Mayor Rita Barberá, “a historical milestone of the city’s urban development” and “the most attractive, important and certainly the economically most significant project in Europe”.
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Fresh crops grow in Sydney CBD

The City of Sydney has planted over 30,000 plants as apart of City of Sydney’s ’Live Green’ summer planting program. Exhibit Displays have been installed at ten locations across the city planted with corn, tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums, sunflowers, lettuce and silver beet.

Lord Mayor of Sydney

“Often people who live and work in the CBD don’t get the chance to get up close to the process of growing fresh produce and these patches are a live example of how they can grow in pots and inner city conditions very successfully.

“Growing some of your own vegetables is a practical, cost effective and sustainable way to help reduce the carbon emissions, water and energy used to deliver food from growers to shoppers.”

The exhibits will be in place for six to ten weeks and the City will work with community gardeners to harvest and distribute the fresh produce.The plants will be donated to community gardens and schools for planting and growing when the display is over. Grown over the past five months, it took fifteen Citywide employees over eight days to install the displays across Sydney. The Live Green exhibits were created on behalf of the City of Sydney by open space provider Citywide.

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China to create megacity with 42 million residents *UPDATE*

*UPDATE* The report that Guangdong planned to create a megacity is ‘false’ according to Guangdong government officials. The plan is to strength the transport links and public services between the cities. The government under the formal ‘outline’ plan from 2008 will develop three economic circles Guangfozhao (Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhaoqing), Shenguanhui (Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou) and Zhuzhongjiang (Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen) – will be developed in the near future. [SOURCE: China.org.cn]
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According to the Telegraph the urban planners in the Pearl River Delta are set to join 9 cities under the “Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One” scheme create one mega city that is 16,000 square miles. The cities included in the scheme include Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing. According to the consultant Guangdong Rural and Urban Planning Institute they undertaking this plan to allow services to be spread across the mega-city, reduce phone call costs and have universal high speed rail and metro train cards.

Whether we call the plan a mega-city or mega-region its still a large urban planning and services task. That involves one the largest manufacturing regions of the world. The speed at which it will move will be dependent on how successfully it is implemented.

The mega-city plan is big and bold like many in China and is in keeping with the current economic plan of mega-regions with two or more cities – Yangzte River Delta(Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Changzhou, Ningbo) , Bohai Economic Area (Beijing, Tianjin),  Sichuan Basin(Chongqing, Chengdu), Pearl River Delta(Guangzhou, Shenzhen & Hong Kong), Cross Strait Economic Area (Xiamen, Fuzhou, Wenzhou, Shantou). These mega-regions have between 23 million to 120 million people.

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ACT: A Dramatic Detour

A Dramatic Detour
At the beginning of 2010, Realdania and the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities (Lokale- og Anlægsfonden) introduced a development project entitled “A Good Detour” (En god omvej). The intent of the competition was to encourage innovative design and planning concepts that would create better conditions for healthier and more active lifestyles, especially within the everyday spaces we inhabit. Ultimately, the winning projects will be used as examples that other cities and communities can emulate.

Out of the 59 municipalities who submitted proposals, only 9 were selected to develop and build their ideas. In collaboration with Solrød Municipality, a suburb of Copenhagen, ACT submitted a proposal to establish an activity park along the embankment of a highway noise barrier. The site is, as most noise highway barriers are, a vast 1.4 kilometer strip of land, directly adjacent to a large residential area and void of any desirable function.
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Landscape Architect receives Member of the Order of Australia

Marion Blackwell, Fellow of Australian Institute of Landscape Architects received the Member of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment, particularly through the Australian Native Plants Society, and to the profession of landscape architecture. The Order of Australia honour is given to those Australians recognised for their achievements and service of their fellow citizens.

Marion Blackwell
Founder and Principal, Blackwell and Associates Landscape Architects, since mid 1960s.
Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Major landscape projects undertaken include:
-  Murdoch University Campus.
-  North West Shelf Gas Project.
-  Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Carnarvon.
-  Cable Beach Intercontinental Resort.
-  Voyager Estate Winery.
-  Greening of Jigalong (a remote desert Indigenous centre).
-  King’s Park Restaurant.
-  Harold Boas Gardens Perth, in 1976; the gardens were placed on the WA State Register of Heritage Places in 2007.
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