Green walls are becoming more and more common place in cities across the world. However, they are usually implemented as apart of a new architectural design rather than an existing building. Until recently when a 2,380 square-foot, six storey high green wall was installed by PNC on their existing corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. The wall is a modular design and is two foot by two foot panels(approx. 600 x 600mm). The wall was installed by Green Living Technologies and according to the video below is the largest green wall in North America and is planted with different plant species that will create an evergreen wall all year around.
According to the report by Sarah Amandolare at Finding Dulcinea
The average cost per square foot of green wall is between $100 and $125, according to George Irwin of Green Living Technologies LLC
Proposed View of Visitor Centre
English Heritage has unveiled the new plans for the Stonehenge visitor centre design. The design was created by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) and according to English Hertiage website
has been designed to be sensitive to its surroundings and to the significance of the monument.
The placement and design of the building seems to attempt to place the focus on Stonehenge rather than the visitor centre. However, the design seems as though it could be anywhere in the world for any manner of attractions. I understand that this is the second round of designs after the subterranean design by DCM was quashed, however I think the design seems to be trying to please too many people and stakeholders.
From the renders and plans it is hard to judge whether the access road and car park are hidden from view. I hope that this is the case and that some form of ha-ha has been incorporated into the landscape design to obscure the road and car park from view to create a sense of flowing green fields that currently exists.
To see all the renders and plans go to the gallery at English Heritage
Proposed Aerial View
SOURCE: English Heritage
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The New Education Center at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens has opened. The 29,656-square-foot green building is the first LEED Platinum certified building in North Carolina. The building was designed by architect Frank Haron of Raleigh.
David Swanson served as the landscape architect for the project.
to find out more information go to North Carolina Botanical Gardens – Education Center
The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) has much pleasure in announcing the winner of the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal 2009.
The winner is Professor Bernard Lassus of France. Professor Lassus was nominated by UNESCO under whose auspices the award is presented. The recipient is a practitioner whose merit, talent and actions are respected internationally. The Medal is presented once every four years and this is the second time of its presentation.
Professor Bernard Lassus was selected as the prize winner from an international jury of three – from Sweden, the UK, and Canada. The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects may bestow upon a landscape architect. The medal recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment, and the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture.
The medal is presented in recognition of projects of outstanding quality and originality. The quadrennial competition is open to landscape architects throughout the world.
Professor Bernard Lassus gained a reputation as an artist in France from the late 1950’s and then explored social uses of paintings and sculptures in industrial environments. At that time he was also Professor of Drawing at the School of Architecture at the Beaux-Arts in Paris and from there helped to found the Landscape School at Versailles. In 1982 he won a significant public project for the ‘Gardens of Return’ in Rochefort which has continued into 2000. He helped to develop a national Landscape Policy for Motorways in France and since then his influence in landscape design through his work and teaching at various universities in Europe and the USA has grown. He has also written 15 books.
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How towns and cities cause the extinction of local plants has been revealed for the first time.
An international team of botanists has compared extinction rates of plants within 22 cities around the world.
The categorise the cities into groups and looked at future threats. The findings are very interesting and you can read more at SOURCE: BBC – Earth News – How cities drive plants extinct