Putting the green in the O.C. Great Park

latimes.com reports

Emile Haddad has of what would become the site of the Orange County Great Park and the location of his biggest development project dates from 1986……

The cost and pace of work on the project, which at the moment consists of a tethered balloon ride and a small “preview” park, have been the subject of nearly ceaseless political bickering, not least because the ultimate price tag has, well, ballooned to nearly $1.4 billion. About a third of that money was supposed to be financed through residential and commercial development undertaken by Haddad’s firm…..

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Plan to make Dubai greener with grass car parks

The National newspaper reports

Dubai is about to become a little greener, and its car parks a little softer underfoot.

As part of its efforts to increase the amount of green space, the municipality announced plans yesterday to gradually replace the concrete and sand surfaces of all car parks with real grass.

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Ed: Lets hope they pick a grass that requires little water and fertiliser!!

Edinburgh College of Art launches its ‘Vision’ of academic research

Edinburgh College of Art is delighted to launch Vision, a major new publication about its current and future research projects in the creative disciplines.

A lavishly illustrated book, Vision includes focus features on the College’s current research groups as well as profiles of over 100 staff and their ‘visions’ of future research developments.

With the aim of progressing lively and accessible public engagement with academic research, Vision presents ground-breaking creative thinking across a vast range of art, design, architecture and landscape architecture disciplines. It also highlights the increase in cross-disciplinary and external collaboration in projects where experts in architecture, digital design, visual communications, business, anthropology, medical and computer science work with us to develop imaginative solutions to theoretical and practical issues.

Read more about Vision go to Edinburgh College of Art where you can download a copy of Vision

Plans submitted for Paignton seafront playground

thisissouthdevon.co.uk reports

DETAILS of the new £500,000 Lottery-funded playground for Paignton seafront have been submitted to Torbay Council.

The ideas by landscape architect Rob McGuiness at Bay architectural firm Kay Elliott include a timber board walk bridging the play area and offering views in both directions; earth mounds between two and three metres high with climbing nets, poles and dens; streams for paddling and a mist machine.

[SOURCE: thisissouthdevon.co.uk - Unveiled... new plans for the £500,000 play park on Green]

Guelph students present ideas for pit rehabilitation

Recently University of Guelph landscape architecture students presented design concepts for rehabilitation of  Puslinch quarries. Concepts included wind-turbines to power local industry, resorts, cottages, golf courses, recreational facilities, lakes, wetlands, and trails. The concepts showed numerous uses and activities to enable the park to be used year-round.

GuelphMercury.com cited Puslinch Councillor Don McKay

…….saying he favours those that offer the most community use. Dual use ideas that combine environmental conservation with practical uses like resorts were also intriguing.……
The university’s landscape architecture students have demonstrated they have a lot to offer the region and should be asked to contribute to future rural designs, McKay said.

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