Singapore opens large floating wetland

Senkang Floating Wetland

Prime Minister Lee at the opening of Senkang Floating Wetland


Over the weekend in Singapore the Senkang Floating Wetland – the largest man-made floating wetland in Singapore was opened to the public by Prime Minister Lee. Developed as part of PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme, the wetland sitting on the Punggol Reservoir is roughly the size of half a football field.

The wetland links the Anchorvale Community Club to the Sengkang Riverside Park via a bridge on one side, and a boardwalk skimming the water surface on the other, so residents can now enjoy facilities on both banks of the Punggol Reservoir, as well as on the Sengkang Floating Wetland and its boardwalk overlooking the reservoir.

“The wetland is home to about 18 plant species that have been carefully chosen for both their cleansing and aesthetic properties. These plants absorb nutrients and pollutants through their roots. This helps to ensure that the water in this reservoir, an important source of our water supply, stays clean the natural way,” said Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB’s Catchment and Waterways Director.

Senkang Floating Wetland

Prime Minister Lee at the opening of Senkang Floating Wetland

SOURCE: PUB

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Turenscape wins WAF Landscape Award

Turenscape has won the World’s Best Landscape award at the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF Awards) 2010 for Shanghai Houtan Park – a park on the banks of the Huangpu River within the 2010 World Expo park.

The judges selected Shanghai Houtan Park as unanimous winner, among a very high-quality group of projects, for its masterful use of design strategies to transform the polluted waterfront of the Huangpu River into a living system.

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SOURCE: World Architecture Festival

Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition finalists announced

Recently the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Parks Foundation, with Creative Partners, University of Minnesota College of Design and Walker Art Center  announced the finalists for the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition.

Fifty-five design teams responded to the RFQ, and the 13-member jury noted that the quality was exceptionally high. Says Bill Morrish, MR|DC jury member, and Dean of the School of Constructed Environments and Associate Dean, Parsons The New School of Design in New York City, “The four teams we short-listed comprise innovative and inspirational people who will work very hard to create great concepts for the Minneapolis riverfront.”

The team finalists are:

Ken Smith Workshop | New York City
Stoss Landscape Urbanism | Boston
Tom Leader Studio | Berkeley
Turenscape | Beijing

The finalists are the team leaders with each team having supporting consultants.

Each team will produce 21st-century parks designs for 220 acres of parkland and the surrounding neighborhoods along both sides of the 5.4-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from the Stone Arch Bridge in the historic downtown Mill District to the city’s northern limits. The winning design will be a comprehensive, integrated vision for the Upper Riverfront that establishes parks as the engine for economic development, transforms the river into a connector rather than a barrier between east and west banks, and refocuses Minneapolis toward what is one of the three great rivers of the world.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

Hollywood & Vine Metro Plaza Unifies Urban Streetscape

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Set just east of the fabled intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Rios Clementi Hale Studios-designed Hollywood/Vine Metro portal and public plaza is a dynamic addition to one of the world’s most famous stretches of urban streetscape. The subway stop’s golden entry canopy and surrounding common areas merge into the ground plane of Hollywood Boulevard, serving as a pedestrian threshold and grand “front door” for the elegant W Hollywood Hotel and residences—which rise up just behind—and a gracious arrival point for Metro Red Line riders.

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Landmark on Cebeli Hill, Antalya Turkey

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1/1 Landscape + Architecture from Istanbul, Turkey have designed ‘Landmark Project of Cebeli Hill’, with a new program that looks out new requirements and opportunities. The originality of Cebeli Hill is re-interpreted in the construction and silhuette fiction. The design that has the holistic green spaces, ecological solutions and to include local species in the design; contains global protection principles besides monumental structure’s contemporary architectural language.

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