What makes a riverfront successful?

Recently Landscape architect Roy Mann was interviewed by KERA (Public broadcaster in North Texas) about River fronts as apart of a series of Features about rivers and plans for river-front development in Dallas, Fort Worth and Irving along the Trinity River.

Roy Mann spoke about how access, blending the built and natural environments together and the pleasures of stopping at a cafe or restaurant on the river create successful waterfronts.

To read or listen to the full feature report go to the [SOURCE: KERA - Banking on Rivers: Part 1]

London to invest £220 million in public spaces


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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson announced recently his vision to transform London’s public spaces and create beautifully designed oases throughout the capital’s urban jungle. Over the next three years, in excess of £220 million will be invested in over 50 public space projects, ranging from redesigned streets to reclaimed green spaces and waterways.

The Mayor stated that “If you Google our city with a satellite map you will see how the world beneath you is divided into two categories. There is private space – that is, homes and gardens occupied by individuals and their families. However, more than half of the London landscape is shared space including roads, parks, canals, rivers, squares, piazzas, malls and monuments. This shared space is a vast and complex environment in which millions of perfect strangers must move, meet and negotiate. It is, therefore, critical that we invest in them so that London’s great outdoors is fit for the future.

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George W Bush Presidential Center unveiled

Today, the design for George W. Bush Presidential Center will be unveiled in Dallas. The center situated at the Southern Methodist University is expected to cost $250 million. The landscape architect for the project is Michael Van Valkenburgh. who’s design includes a replica of the White House Rose Garden and a garden of Texas prairie grasses. The Architect for the project is Robert A.M. Stern.

For more information and a picture gallery go to the [SOURCE: Dallasnews.com]

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UWA Students design Moongazing platform

Landscape Architecture students from the University of Western Australia created concept plans Meelup Regional Park commissioned by the Shire of Busselton. The idea of a Moongazers platform arose from these plans as the beach is one of few beaches where the moon can be seen rising over the Indian Ocean Horizon. The platform would include an interpretative plaque that shows the 13 dates each year that a full moon rises over the ocean.

The council have taken the idea of a Moongazers platform to the next step by councillors submitting the plan at a formal meeting with an approximate budget of $100,000AUD.

SOURCE: WAtoday.com.au – Meelup Beach moon viewing deck Busselton

New sample designs for Sydney railway stations

Rozelle Station - Design Team 1

Rozelle Station - Design Team 1 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

Sydney Metro have released sample designs for Pyrmont and Rozelle metro stations are now online following a second successful design principles workshop.

The three different visions for how the stations might look were developed during the workshop process, which was held to develop draft design principles to guide future station design.

The draft principles cover a range of issues including built form, materials, heritage, public art and landscaping. They will help ensure that stations are user-friendly for passengers, visually attractive and fit in with the surrounding area.

The NSW Government Architect and Chairman of Sydney Metro’s Design Review Panel, Peter Mould, said the sample designs had been developed by three design teams each comprising a top architect, landscape architect and public artist in order to test the design principles.

For more renders and information go to the [SOURCE: Sydney Metro]

Team 1
Tim GreerTonkin Zulaikha Greer
Leonard LynchClouston Associates
Ruth Downes – Design at Work

Team 2
Keith CottierAllen Jack  + Cottier
Adrian McGregor – mcgregor+coxall
Julia Davis – Artist

Team 3
Richard Francis-JonesFrancis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Ingrid MatherJMD Design
Michael Snape – Sculptor

Rozelle Station - Design Team 2

Rozelle Station - Design Team 2 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

Rozelle Station - Team 2

Rozelle Station - Design Team 2 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

Rozelle Station - Team 3

Rozelle Station - Design Team 3 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

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