£30m revamp for Redcar seafront

FOLLOWING an international design competition, one of the region’s most ambitious seafront regeneration plans was unveiled today (3 July) which will transform Redcar seafront and create the first-ever 80ft ‘vertical pier’ on this stretch of coast.

A total of £30m is planned to be invested in the seafront defences and to create a unique and vibrant promenade which will attract visitors with a network of beautifully designed public spaces incorporating water cascades, sunshine traps, performance space and sheltered seating from which to view the towns distinctive seascape.

The winning design team led by Harrogate-based landscape architects Smeeden Foreman working in collaboration with Seven Architecture, Arup and Davis Langdon, aims to bring characteristics of the beach up onto the promenade, using textures, colours, shapes and sights from the seafront in seating, paving and the ribbons of a wave canopy stretching along the coastline.

Text and Image SOURCE: Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Designers who see more than an empty lot – SFgate.com

SFGate.com reports

The empty lot at Harrison and Fremont streets is nothing much to look at, a football-field-long slope of dirt and weeds that greets drivers exiting the Bay Bridge into San Francisco.

But a quartet of local designers see something else: a site that could become a sculpted realm of green folds spiked by artistic birdhouses – an evolving semi-natural terrain up to the moment when the 41-story tower slated for the site someday is ready to begin construction.

read more @ the SOURCE:  SFGate.com – Designers who see more than an empty lot

Aquarium’s green roots go deep – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail reports

Landscape architect Randy Sharp knew he was onto something big back in 2005 when, while planning the ultimate urban-style garden for the Vancouver Aquarium, he discovered there was a growing interest in vertical garden systems, also known as green or living walls.

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail – Aquarium’s green roots go deep

Ground work begins at Deerfields Town Square in Abu Dhabi – AMEinfo.com

AMEinfo.com reports

International architecture firm RMJM has been appointed as lead design consultants for the Deerfields project.

Mandated to review the architectural design of the entire development and responsible for the engineering delivery, RMJM will also work on implementing improvement changes to the facade, interiors, and landscape design of the mall.

SOURCE: AMEinfo.com – Ground work begins at Deerfields Town Square in Abu Dhabi | MBI

Western’s school of business to get new home – Daily Commercial News

Daily Commercial News reports

The University of Western Ontario is poised to break ground this summer on a $100 million building to house the Richard Ivey School of Business. The project is the largest in the university’s history.

Landscape architect is Janet Rosenberg + Associates.

SOURCE: Daily Commercial News – Western’s school of business to get new home

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