West 8 wins competition Bridge Aarschot

The winning design of West 8 and BAS-Dirk Jaspaert for the new pedestrian bicycle bridge, that will span the rail tracks in Aarschot, focuses on the functional character of the bridge as well as on its potential to tempt and surprise its users.

The bridge will connect the different old and new parts of the city, the landscape and the centre with each other and becomes a crucial link within the regional bicycle path network. It also creates new access points to the platforms.

By virtue of its location, form, structure and the use of material, the bridge captures the qualities of the surrounding landscape. It offers cyclists and pedestrians a new rest and meeting place above the busy rail tracks, but at the same time it gives them a sense of security.

The steel space grid is supported by sculptural pillars and its curved shape offers a variety of constantly changing perspectives and experiences.

[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 wins competition Bridge Aarschot]

Central government support significant for Macau’s development – Macau Daily Times

Macau Daily Times reports “Advancing the nine measures, within the six guidelines recently announced, the 2008-2020 draft plan for the reform and development for the Pearl River Delta region and the important instructions to the future development of Macau, are friendly measures and are of a profound meaning for the territory,” secretary Lau said

[SOURCE: Macau Daily Times – Central government support significant for Macau’s development].

Landscape Services Market in the U.S. – Reportlinker

Landscape Services Market in the U.S. documents and analyzes both residential and nonresidential landscape architecture and installation services. It examines consumer demographics, market size, and firms’ promotional strategies.

The report provides five-year forecasts of market size for landscape architects and other landscape services (except maintenance). Statistics are provided for number of establishments and industry revenue.

[SOURCE: Reportlinker – Landscape Services Market in the U.S. – market research report].

Architects present concept for redeveloping New Orleans riverfront – NOLA.com

NOLA.COM reports “The redevelopment of the New Orleans riverfront appeared Wednesday to be on schedule, as a team of architects came to town to sign off on designs for a waterfront park in the Faubourg Marigny and Bywater, the project’s first phase.”

Landscape Architects – Hargreaves Associates

Read the full article @ the SOURCE: NOLA.com – Architects present concept for redeveloping New Orleans riverfront

What Will Save the Suburbs? – Allison Arieff Blog – NYTimes.com

Allison Arieff in her blog for the New York Times writes “For a long time now I’ve been obsessed with suburban and exurban master-planned communities and how to make them better. But as the economy and the mortgage crisis just seem to get worse, and gas prices continue to plunge, the issues around housing have changed dramatically. The problem now isn’t really how to better design homes and communities, but rather what are we going to do with all the homes and communities we’re left with.”

Read the full article @ the SOURCE:  [NYTimes.com – What Will Save the Suburbs? – Allison Arieff Blog]

Planner sets up future Shanghai – Shanghai Daily

Shanghai Daily reports “Wu Zhiqiang, the chief planner of Expo Shanghai, is an ardent fan who sees both sides of the emerging city, which is just as well as the decisions he has made will have a major bearing on how it is perceived long into the future.

Shanghai is an adult with a juvenile skeleton,” said Wu, who leads the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University.”

Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Shanghai Daily Planner sets up future Shanghai]

Sustainable Sites report gets NY Times coverage

The New York Times  has reported on the Sustainable Sites report in the Home & Garden section. Although some of us may loathe that it is in the “Home & Garden” section, I feel that its great that the mainstream media is giving some coverage to something that we will need to understand, use and educate clients on in the near future.

Remember that public comments are accepted until January 20 so get writing and maybe setup a “Sustainable Sites” meeting or group in your office so that your firm can have a dialogue and discussion about the report.

The article gives good coverage to the report and its contents with a summary of points. Read the full article @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – In the Garden – Pushing for Sustainable Landscapes

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