West 8 wins Land-art design competition

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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture has won the Land-art design competition for the Werpsterhoek junction in the Leeuwarden by-pass. The proposal that embodies a terp landscape will now be further developed. Architect Pieter Hoen: “You could say that we have made a large terp [local name for flood relief mound], thus providing a silhouette that fits in the Frisian landscape”. Particularly appealing to the jury were the simplicity and restraint applied in the design. It does not compete with the silhouette of the city, rather it provides a modest foreground.

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SLANT: International Competition for Students of Landscape Architecture

The international competition for the SLANT AWARDS is being held this year for the first time and on this occasion is aimed exclusively at students of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Design.
The central idea behind this challenge is that the project in question is a “virtual project”, one  that has been created specifically for this competition.  What you are being invited to do is to create a concept design for a public park, one which will not  only serve the needs of the citizens of this city, but which will also aim to achieve iconic status and in so doing will enhance the international reputation of the city.

You will see from the brief that we are looking here at urban renewal, with the project being set on a vacant site in a riverside location.  This competition has been designed to offer students an interesting challenge with what we believe are interesting rewards, and we have tried to keep it as simple as possible.
You can enter as often as you like, either as an individual, or as a team of 2 or 3, and an entry fee will be charged accordingly.

Registration Deadline: 22 April
Deadline for submissions: 10 June 2011

First Prize          Euro 3,000
Second Prize      Euro 1,500
Third Prize         Euro 750

Jury Members:
John Brookes (UK),
Ulf Nordfjell (Sweden)
Paolo L. Bürgi (Switzerland)

More Information at SLANT Design Competition

PLEASE CONTACT COMPETITION ORGANISERS FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS.

LAND Reader has no involvement in the organisation or judging of this competition.

Phil Heaton appointed Director of Public Realm at Broadway Malyan

You may remember Phil Heaton from the video One Town, Two Parks, Two different approaches we posted where Phil and Martha Schwartz take two different design approaches to community parks in Castleford. Recently, Phil Heaton was appointed as Director of Public Realm at Broadway Malyan – a new senior role which will see him spearhead the growth of the practice’s international landscape and public realm team. Philip joins from Cracknell landscape architects, where he was a director. He previously worked at Scott Wilson, Parklife and in the public sector.

In other Broadway Malyan news,  the practice has promoted Adam Ross to Director of Planning and Jeff Nottage to Associate Director of Planning in the UK due to the recent growth of its planning team following a series of major project wins. Broadway Malyan has also reinforced its Middle East team through the appointment of Sarah Richardson, who joins the practice as an Associate Planner in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office.

World examples of Green Urbanism

Geoff Ghitter & Noel Keough at Fast Forward Weekly reporting on how ‘modern urban life — at least, the technology that makes it all possible — has made a stranger of nature’

The problem is that our flick-and-flush existence conceals many of the destructive effects our consumption patterns create and the fragile state of the ecological systems that underpin them.

Ghitter and Keough write about working with rather than against nature using examples from books written by Timothy Beatley and examples from Freiburg, Germany; Curitiba, Brazil; and other cities from Finland and Sweden.

read more at Fast Forward Weekly – Green Urbanism: Learning from the world

Eden Project: 10 years old and planning for a new project in China

Marking 10 years since the Eden Project opened in a disused quarry they are looking to setup more projects in other places around the world. Tim Smit said they are currently talking to various places in China about creating an Edn Project it could start in 18 months. They are also looking at an interactive project in Singapore where people have to make decisions about Singapores ecology and habitat.

Read more at BBC: China plans to build Eden Project

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