Cross programming Urban Park in Singapore

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Ong & Ong have proposed a new Urban Park design for City Square Mall at 17th Kitchener Road, Singapore. The site is  approximately 0.45 ha with few facilities besides the entry to the Mass Rapid Transit Station. Ong & Ong‘s design incorporates several programs including a Butterfly Garden, Sculptures, a Living Maze for children, an interactive fountain park and an education wall about recycling.

The proposal of developing this open space into an urban park will drastically change the appearance and usage of this open space. The development of the urban park and the mall will complement one another. The urban park will be like a green carpet lay out in front of the mall to welcome its visitors.

The urban park when it is completed, will serve as a green lung for the neighborhood. Conceived as a series of spaces connected by footpaths, these spaces are meant to encourage learning about ecology and the natural environment in an urban oasis that is both fun and didactic for young and old. As they play and walk through the landscape, they learn.

Ong & Ong’s project increases its environment friendly status by introducing the application of a myriad of ecologically-friendly elements including Vertical Green Walls, an Eco-Roof to showcase green technologies and  materials such as  “Eco-tiles” – a composite recyclable product that is manufacture with sustainable resource, and recycled timber. The designers have also retained 2 large existing trees and proposed to plant native species in the design.

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan with Roof - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan with Roof - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan at Street Level - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong  & Ong)

Plan at Street Level - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Image Credit: Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

Approximate budget in SGD: $ 400,000,000.00
Project design start year: 2005
Project status currently: Under Construction
Expected project construction completion: 30 November 2009
Landscape Architects – Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

Expo Wetland to be used for toilet flushing

A wetland park will be built by the City of Chengdu on the 2010 Expo site in Shanghai that will use soil and vegetation to purify site rain water that will be used toilet flushing. The wetland park wil be 2,680 square metres on the Puxi section (north)  and also include underground water tanks as apart of the system. The wetland will consist of 16 terraced ponds planted with 60 plant and tree species over 1,200 square metres of the wetland. Water from the wetland will also be used in a fun ‘piano keyboard’ that will spray water when people step on the keys.

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily

China’s cities to receive massive influx

An article in China Daily today reports that over the next 15 to 20 years there will be an influx of 300 million people into cities across China. This will create 1 trillion yauan in annual investment in infrastructure and facilities across China. The rate of urbanisation will be 1% per year. This urbanisation is occuring at the same time as the government takes measures to protect farming land. The urbanisation will require a balance between density and lifestyle in large cities. Many cities in China exceed 10 million such as Shanghai, Chongqing, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xian, however most of the urbanisation will occur in tier 2 cities especially in the west of China.

SOURCE: China Daily

City replacing ash trees before destructive insect’s arrival

Northfield news reports that Northfield city will start replacing ash trees to avoid the devastation from the emerald ash borer – Agrilus planipennis.

City Engineer Katy Gehler-Hess said the move is an attempt to avoid a mass die off like that which occurred when Dutch elm disease sickened trees across the state.

To find out more about Northfield read the Northfield News article

There are quantines going into effect in numerous counties in states such as Wisconsin due to the spread of the emerald ash borer. Check with your state’s Department of Agriculture Trade about quarantines and what nursery stock and wood products can be moved.

NewSchool of Architecture & Design to Offer Master of Landscape Architecture


NewSchool of Architecture & Design has added two new degree programs, Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, to help meet growing demand for qualified professionals in these fields. Both programs will begin in the winter quarter.

“These two new degrees, along with the newly approved program in Digital Media Arts, significantly add to the depth and scope of NewSchool’s growing portfolio of programs. We can provide new opportunities for students to pursue their educational objectives, and be of greater service to the region,” said Dr. Steve Altman, president of NewSchool.

Master of Landscape Architecture

The Master of Landscape Architecture’s curriculum allows students to take advantage of growing opportunities in the fields of urban redevelopment, brownfield restoration and urban ecology. The program is closely linked to NewSchool’s well-established, NAAB-accredited architecture programs, providing direct collaboration between landscape architecture students and the architecture program in areas including urban issues, architectural history and theory, sustainability and urban design.

Core courses and electives emphasize urban landscape architecture and the landscape issues that relate to urban settings such as the eco-urban interface; the design of and advocacy for parks, plazas and plantings within urban boundaries; and the relationships between the urban core and the land on which it is built.

Landscape architecture is projected to grow 18-26% by 2016. U.S. News & World Report (Dec. 11, 2008 issue) listed landscape architecture as one of the top 30 careers in 2009. Outside magazine (May 2008 issue) called landscape architecture one of the 50 best jobs in the United States in 2008.

SOURCE: NewSchool of Architecture & Design to Offer Master of Landscape Architecture and B.S. in Construction Management Degrees

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