Grant Associates designs creative playground for Gardens by the Bay

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The new Far East Organization Children’s Garden opened yesterday (21 January),  at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay designed by Grant Associates. A major new feature of the 54 hectare Bay South Garden, the Far East Organization Children’s Garden will offer a one-hectare mix of play experiences for all ages, including water play, rainforest tree houses, ridge top trails and topiary pergola arches all in a special garden setting overlooking the Marina Reservoir.

WLA spoke to Andrew Grant from Grant Associates about this new feature at Gardens by the Bay.
WLA: Designing a space like the Far East Organization Children’s Garden must have been fun. As designers what was the fun part of the process of designing the garden?
Andrew Grant: To have the opportunity to develop a bespoke play space is a pretty special task in this age of off the shelf play packages, play equipment and risk management. We have had enormous fun imagining new play challenges and ideas for this project, not all of which found their way into the final scheme.

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Chemin-Qui-Marche Lookout | Montreal Canada | GROUPE IBI-CHBA

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Image Credit | Alexis Nollet

The planning concept for the park is an expression of the traces of its past and the important moments of its history. The esplanade also highlights the spirit of place found in the contemporary urban grid of the neighborhood. The park becomes a witness to the site’s history, commemorating it through three key landscape elements: the river and its piers, the vestiges of former railways lines, and the historic city in development.

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WLA 2014 Outlook Survey | Results: Confident

Recently, World Landscape Architecture surveyed its readers about their confidence going into 2014. And the results are in – with readers confident about the year ahead with 40.98% stating they are Confident and 12.7% seemly Very Confident about 2014;  40.98% of responders feel the 2014 outlook was OK, 11.07% Not Confident and 4.51% Very Cautious. A similar story was told when ask how their companies performed in 2013 with 34.71% G00d and 13.22% Beyond Expectations and 38.43% As Expected. Some didn’t see their companies perform that well in 2013 with 9.5% Poor and 4.13% Very Poor.

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On the Hiring front in seems many small and large firms are hiring only 1-3 new hires in 2014. 45.61% are hiring 1-3 people, 10.4% 3-5 people, 6.28% hiring 5-10, 2.51% looking for 10-20 and 3.35% looking for over 20 new hires (mostly in nursery trade). Sadly, 32.2% of respondents stated that there companies won’t be hiring in 2014.

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Most firms are expecting to see growth in Residential(28.26%), Government(27.39%) and Commercial(17.83%) work with smaller growth expected in Education(7.83%), Infrastructure(9.57%), Industrial(3.48%), and Environmental(5.65%) work.

The full report with breakdown by country, industry, management level and which type of firms are confident and hiring in 2014 will be published in the 12th edition of WLA Magazine due out February 18. 

 

Greenland Shenyang Primus Hotel | Shenyang China | ASPECT Studios

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Located in the Shenyang Qipan Mountain National Scenic Area, Shenyang Primus Resort is a 67 hectare national facility which caters for eco-tourism, recreation and large-scale government events.The resort is nestled in a valley between two famous mountains; Qipan Mountain and Hui Mountain which overlooks the beautiful Xiu Lake.

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This Week in Landscape | 19 January 2014

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After ice storm exacts unprecedented damage to Toronto’s urban forest, question remains on what to do with the broken trees | Peter Kuitenbrouwer | National Post
“Never in Toronto’s history has a storm exacted such a toll on our forest. Still, does it make sense to grind all these trees up for mulch? Many in the city’s forestry sector, which employs 25,000 people, are pleading for a more creative approach to reusing one of Canada’s most famous and historic resources: our trees.”

How Weʼve Abandoned Dan Kiley | Tom Bamberger | urban milwaukee
“Why isn’t the grass of a master landscape designer given the same care as an above average suburban lawn? Plunking the Lake Festival of Arts on top of the Kiley every June has something to do with it. In September tents were set up for some other festival.”

World’s smallest water lily stolen from Kew Gardens | Guardian
“A Nymphaea thermarum, the smallest water lily in the world and extinct in the wild, is believed to have been stolen between 8.30am and 2.55pm last Thursday at the Princess of Wales Conservatory ”

Could prison gardening schemes be the key to rehabilitation? | Emma Inglis | The Telegraph
“The gardens at Dartmoor prison are the exemplar of a successful horticultural rehabilitation project. In 2006, prison officer Ivan Judd had an idea to transform the disused exercise yards of the old punishment unit into vegetable gardens to be tended by inmates in the resettlement wing.”

Blogging Praxis/Practice | Praxis in Landscape Architecture
“This winter and spring, I will be posting a series on two projects I’m working on – a public health/neighborhood environment survey that I am very excited about and a studio class that I am teaching.”

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