Second Wavedeck Simcoe opened in Toronto – West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture reports

Waterfront Toronto, together with the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario and City of Toronto, officially opened the Simcoe WaveDeck, the second and most dramatic urban dock, designed by West 8+DTAH, being built along Toronto’s central waterfront.

The Simcoe WaveDeck, one of four uniquely Canadian wavedecks planned for the area, is as artistic as it is functional. Located just west of Simcoe Street at the water’s edge, the wooden wavedeck features an informal public amphitheatre-style space with impressive curves that soar as high as 2.6 metres above the lake.

Built in less than eight months, the Simcoe WaveDeck joins the Spadina WaveDeck which opened last year in creating more public space along one of the most heavily used parts of the Toronto shoreline. Construction of the third wavedeck at Rees Street is well underway and will open in August.

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For a tour of the Central Waterfront with Adriaan Geuze, Principal at West 8 and Waterfront Toronto Vice-President of Planning and Design, Chris Glaisek,

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One of the World’s Most Innovative Sensory Gardens Opens at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine

Every garden is a sensory garden, but on June 19 Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay opened a remarkable garden planned and planted specifically to appeal to each of our senses. The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, which occupies nearly an acre, is likely to be among the very finest sensory gardens in the world. Here, all visitors — including those with disabilities — can get in touch with their senses in innovative, appealing ways.

In 2004, renowned landscape architect Herb Schaal created the master plan from which the garden was built. In designing the sensory garden, Schaal, an award-winning Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and a principal in EDAW, Inc. in Colorado, drew on his extensive experience designing accessible and therapeutic gardens. He is exceptionally pleased with and proud of the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses.

SOURCE: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

UK plans to embed its pavilion with seeds — Shanghai Daily | 上海日报

Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 reports

“THE United Kingdom will embed more than 60,000 seeds, which can be planted after the World Expo 2010, into the structure of its pavilion to urge people to protect natural species from extinction…..”

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily | 上海日报  – UK plans to embed its pavilion with seeds

Saleh tipped to secure Dh200m DLC contract – Emirates Business 24/7

Emirates Business 24/7 reports

“Saleh Construction is tipped to win the Dh200 million main contract for the first phase core and shell construction for Dubai Lifestyle City (DLC) next week, according to a senior official of the project…..

Tony Ashai is the architect, RNL did the master planning, La Casa is the main consultant and Khatib & Cracknell are the landscape architects.”

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Square revamp opponents are ‘prejudiced’ – Lancashire Evening Post

Lancashire Evening Post reports

“The opponents of the £3m Winckley Square redevelopment are “prejudiced against any change whatsoever,” the architect behind the plans said today.

Landscape architect Catherine Mitchell has spent more than a year perfecting the revamp of the Preston square after her firm won an international design competition to breathe new life into it……”

read more at the SOURCE: Lancashire Evening Post – Square revamp opponents are ‘prejudiced’

New York Times Magazine – Infrastructure Edition

New York Times has published a Infrastructure Edition of its Magazine.

Included in this edition is a look at the proposed High-Speed Rail in California, the gap in Infrastructure spending in the Economic Stimulus Bill, the Remaking of Paris, and a short piece on James Corner’s home and if your and a landscape architect and read the first line of the James Corner’s interview you will nod your head in agreement!

German firm to work on Imperial War Museum North exterior | Design Week

Design Week reports

“German landscape architect Topotek 1 has been selected as the preferred design team to work on the external spaces of the Imperial War Museum North in Salford.

More than 50 architects and landscape architects entered the Royal Institute of British Architects competition, with Topetek 1 seeing off fellow shortlisted practices KLA, White Arkitekter AB, Patel Taylor and Field Operations……………”

read more at the SOURCE: Design Week –German firm to work on Imperial War Museum North exterior
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