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.

Salford Greengate public realm regeneration gets green light

Salford Greengate
Construction has started on the public realm element of the £450 million overhaul of Salford Greengate.

Landscape architects Grontmij, formerly known as Whitelaw Turkington has been appointed as lead designer, working with building contractor Carillion, to deliver an urban quarter on the 13 hectare brownfield site on behalf of Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company.
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WEST 8: Grand Opening Miami Beach SoundScape / Lincoln Park

West 8 - Miami

The WEST 8 designed Lincoln Park is a new meeting place in town. Centrally located in the Art District at the monumental terminus of lively Lincoln Road, the park has multiple functions. During the day the park is shaded by pergolas and palm trees. In the evening it is a cultural hotspot, one of the special attractions of the park being a video and sound installation – projecting concerts and video art on building’s 700m² wall, which serves as an outdoor screen for the park. The park is an urban garden that expresses the euphoria of Miami, and will be actively programmed for public and cultural events.

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HNTB & MVVA win ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition


Announced in Washington DC at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Conference on January 23rd, 2011, the ARC jury of internationally-respected professionals with expertise in design, ecology, and engineering selected the team led by HNTB with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York) as the winner of the ARC International Design Competition.

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