Developers breaking ground on Sustainable Communities in UK

Green dream lives on: A savvy breed of developers are breaking ground on sustainable communities in the Independent newspaper

There are about 10 communities around the country, loosely following principles known in the construction industry as New Urbanism……… No one is yet suggesting this new wave of sustainable communities will pass the test of time as Bath has – but they at least appear to be riding the downturn.

The article lists 8 projects in design planning stage along with the following built projects
Up and running

* Hockerton Housing Project, Nottinghamshire
* Greenwich Millennium Village (which involves Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey)
* BedZed, Hackbridge, east London

Melbourne: is that all there is? – an Airport as the gateway to the city

Bruce Guthrie wrote an article recently in The Age newspaper about the poor landscape that greets new arrivals to the city.

A FOREST of billboards greets visitors as they leave Melbourne Airport for the drive along Tullamarine Freeway to the city…

Surely we can do better. I’m not even asking for public art; in fact, I would settle for some decent landscaping on the freeway median strip and verges…..

Hong Kong it isn’t. That’s a showpiece, with dramatic vistas almost every metre of the drive to and from the airport. And it’s not Singapore either, manicured to within an inch of its life. But it could be Los Angeles’s LAX, an ugly duckling airport that with some thoughtful landscape architecture is now a popular postcard.

Read the full article at The Age – So, welcome to Melbourne: is that all there is?

Adam Greenfield – On Public Objects: Connected Things And Civic Responsibilities In The Networked City.

Adam Greenfield at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.

Landscape Performance Toolkit

The Landscape Foundation has posted a searcheable collection of online tools to measure landscape performance. The tools also allow users to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features. Calculators for air quality, watershed, construction carbon, erosion and many other factors.

go to Benefits Toolkit at the Landscape Foundation.

Natural Learning Initiative: New role for Landscape Architecture

NC STATE UNIVERSITY’s Natural Learning Initiative have a been posting on their blog Robin’s Nest. Recently they posted(author unknown) a new post – A New role for Landscape architecture

Like many professions, medicine being an example, landscape architecture is beginning to subdivide into specializations informed by empirical evidence………
At NLI, we believe that landscape architects are a crucial partner in creating new types of landscapes to support active, outdoor lifestyles in childhood. We urge state chapters to get on board, to refocus Olmsted’s vision of landscape architecture as a public health intervention, and to appoint representatives to the new Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (PPN) hosted by ASLA.

An interesting quick read about how landscape architects can provide necessary spaces for children.

Old Post Office Plaza: St. Louis, Missouri

Old Post Office St.Louis Missouri
© Debbie Franke

Baird Sampson Neuert Architects design for Old Post Office Plaza in St. Louis Missouri serves as an urban catalyst for revitalization while forming an iconic event space for downtown St. Louis. Inspired by a large public sculpture, “the Torso of Icaro” by noted sculptor Igor Mitoraj and donated for installation in the project, the design creates a three dimensional armature of spaces and program that spiral upward and around the work to explore the deeper structure of ideas that the myth of Daedelus and Ikarus evokes. Not only was Daedalus the key protagonist of one of the great narratives of flight and fall, he was associated with early manifestations of public space and public art in ancient Greece, as an archetypal architect and sculptor.

Architectonic and landscape elements are used strategically to re-contextualize urban edges and dramatically transform the micro geography of the flat site created by urban clearing. At its centre, a new civic square serves as a venue for events and “cours d’honneur” to the historic Post Office. The raised “theatre plateau on the west side creates an urban edge and vista northward to the handsome Italianate entry pavilion to the historic American Theatre, with the Screen/Cloud wall masks the side wall never intended to be viewed.

Continue reading Old Post Office Plaza: St. Louis, Missouri

Landscape Fusion Symposium in Portland

ASLA Oregon is holding the Landscape Fusion Symposium where they will explore a FUSION of ideas, concepts, and design that will inspire you to see the Northwest landscape in a whole new light. Two days of activities and education sessions led by national and local experts will generate its own unique energy, providing power and passion for attendees, as well as valuable professional development hours (PDHs), networking, and fun!


Go to the Landscape Fusion website for more information

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