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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson announced recently his vision to transform London’s public spaces and create beautifully designed oases throughout the capital’s urban jungle. Over the next three years, in excess of £220 million will be invested in over 50 public space projects, ranging from redesigned streets to reclaimed green spaces and waterways.
The Mayor stated that “If you Google our city with a satellite map you will see how the world beneath you is divided into two categories. There is private space – that is, homes and gardens occupied by individuals and their families. However, more than half of the London landscape is shared space including roads, parks, canals, rivers, squares, piazzas, malls and monuments. This shared space is a vast and complex environment in which millions of perfect strangers must move, meet and negotiate. It is, therefore, critical that we invest in them so that London’s great outdoors is fit for the future.
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Today, the design for George W. Bush Presidential Center will be unveiled in Dallas. The center situated at the Southern Methodist University is expected to cost $250 million. The landscape architect for the project is Michael Van Valkenburgh. who’s design includes a replica of the White House Rose Garden and a garden of Texas prairie grasses. The Architect for the project is Robert A.M. Stern.
For more information and a picture gallery go to the [SOURCE: Dallasnews.com]
Landscape Architecture students from the University of Western Australia created concept plans Meelup Regional Park commissioned by the Shire of Busselton. The idea of a Moongazers platform arose from these plans as the beach is one of few beaches where the moon can be seen rising over the Indian Ocean Horizon. The platform would include an interpretative plaque that shows the 13 dates each year that a full moon rises over the ocean.
The council have taken the idea of a Moongazers platform to the next step by councillors submitting the plan at a formal meeting with an approximate budget of $100,000AUD.
SOURCE: WAtoday.com.au – Meelup Beach moon viewing deck Busselton
Rozelle Station - Design Team 1 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro
Sydney Metro have released sample designs for Pyrmont and Rozelle metro stations are now online following a second successful design principles workshop.
The three different visions for how the stations might look were developed during the workshop process, which was held to develop draft design principles to guide future station design.
The draft principles cover a range of issues including built form, materials, heritage, public art and landscaping. They will help ensure that stations are user-friendly for passengers, visually attractive and fit in with the surrounding area.
The NSW Government Architect and Chairman of Sydney Metro’s Design Review Panel, Peter Mould, said the sample designs had been developed by three design teams each comprising a top architect, landscape architect and public artist in order to test the design principles.
For more renders and information go to the [SOURCE: Sydney Metro]
Tim Greer – Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Leonard Lynch – Clouston Associates
Ruth Downes – Design at Work
Keith Cottier – Allen Jack + Cottier
Adrian McGregor – mcgregor+coxall
Julia Davis – Artist
Richard Francis-Jones – Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Ingrid Mather – JMD Design
Michael Snape – Sculptor
Rozelle Station - Design Team 2 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro
Rozelle Station - Design Team 2 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro
Rozelle Station - Design Team 3 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro
Waterfront Toronto, together with the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto, officially broke ground recently on Canada’s Sugar Beach, a new park that is transforming a surface parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge.
Located at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street adjacent the Redpath Sugar Factory, this 8500m2 (2 acre) park will be the first public space visitors see as they travel along Queens Quay from the central waterfront. The park’s brightly coloured pink beach umbrellas and iconic candy-striped rock outcroppings will welcome visitors to the new waterfront neighbourhood of East Bayfront.
Designed by renowned Canadian landscape architects and urban designers Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes, in association with The Planning Partnership, Canada’s Sugar Beach, builds upon the success of other parks and public spaces along the waterfront by introducing a second urban beach to the area and incorporating the tree-lined promenade in its design.
Montrealers are enjoying St.Michel Environmental Complex, a former quarry and garbage dump that is a park-in-progress. The site is being transformed from wasteland into a new green park, gone are the trucks, the seagulls and smelly garbage. Currently the park is being capped with building rubble and soil. The park will include large open lawns, amphitheatre, skate park, BMX centre with some facilities already operational. Currently the park has 5 kilometres of trails covering 48 hectares for us to enjoy today – and in 2020 when the park is completed will be 192 hectares.
The site design maintains the topography of the quarry and was not filled to the top this was intentional design decision taken by the designers, so that the park reflected the evolution of the site.
Landscape architect Scape Design Associates has been appointed to create a new public square in a major west London shopping area after beating shortlisted rivals Gillespies and Burns & Nice. The design will be developed with continued public consultation for planning application.
IMAGE SOURCE: King Street Regeneration