Kiosk 2008 by Lisbon-based landscape architect Sofia Costelo. The bijoux installation in the plaza adjoining Wallpaper* HQ in Southwark looked, for all the world, like the ubiquitous red telephone booth; but on entering the booth, the visitor was treated to a series of three-minute soundscapes inspired by the sea, desert, forest and lavender fields, with the occasional bloom of water mist and lavender scent for the full sensorial experience. Unexpectedly, the soundscapes, played in a random sequence, made for an experience that was both isolating and curiously addictive.
SOURCE: London Festival of Architecture – Architecture – Wallpaper.com
In the past 10 years, green roofs in Portland have come a long way. Jason King, a landscape architect with GreenWorks PC, said constant sharing among those in the design community helps him and others learn from mistakes and advance green roof designs.
“It’s amazing to see how much better they’ve gotten and more refined they are,” said King. “The mistakes aren’t really mistakes. They’re just ways of experimenting and being able to improve. Everybody is willing to share information.”
King said green roofs can satisfy a number of requirements: they can be low-maintenance ways of providing insulation, they can manage storm water and they can be a “beautiful amenity.”
SOURCE: Daily Journal of Commerce.
Championing the value of large trees in the urban environment
The environmental, economic and social benefits of trees are well documented. Members of The Landscape Institute routinely work to ensure that trees form an integral part of the urban landscape and public realm. However, the valuable contribution made by large-growing trees in particular is often compromised or precluded by negative perceptions relating to maintenance, nuisance or safety and associated costs.
The Role of the TDAG
The Landscape Institute is a member of the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) – a multi-disciplinary group of individual professionals and organisations from both the private and public sectors who have come together under The London Tree and Woodland Framework to collaborate in achieving an increased awareness of the role of trees in the built environment. Its other members include representatives from the GLA, Design for London, Urban Design London, Transport for London, the City of London and other London boroughs, the London Trees and Woodland Framework, the Forestry Commission, Royal Parks, the Tree Council, Trees for Cities, various leading developers, representatives of the insurance and utilities industries and design consultants.
SOURCE: LI – The Landscape Institute and the Trees and Design Action Group.
West 8 announced in Dutch that they have won a park competition the following is a translation of the announcement.
The challenge is an integral plan for the sewage plant (RWZI), where the new building is connected to the national park Diezemond. It indicated how the water purification plant in a responsible and innovative manner can perform functions in respect of recreation, tourism, nature and energy.
De opgave betreft een integraal plan voor de rioolwaterzuiveringsinstallatie (RWZI), waarbij de nieuwbouw is verbonden met het natuurpark Diezemond. Daarin is aangegeven hoe de RWZI op een verantwoorde en vernieuwende wijze functies kan vervullen ten aanzien van recreatie, toerisme, natuureducatie en energieopwekking.
Several news outlets have reported that BDP has acquired Khandekar – a 30 strong Netheralands urban planning and landscape firm. BDP with more than 1200 staff across 15 studios many working in architecture, interiors and engineering adds a Khandekar to strengthen its business and gain market share in India.
The new firm – BDP Khandekar
SOURCE: Property Magazine.eu,
According to the Urban Planning Bureau of Miaoyang City in Sichuan Province, preliminary planning for an earthquake museum in Beichuan, which has received much public attention and concern, has been completed.
Beichuan County suffered heavy damage from the May 12 earthquake in Wenchuan; the county seat was virtually flattened. Mianyang City in Sichuan Province has planned to take in residents of Beichuan County
SOURCE: People’s Daily Online – Earthquake museum preliminary planning complete
The Phnom Penh Post reports that the new and improved parks are providing Phnom Penh residents some much-needed respite from the squeeze of the capital city’s increasingly cramped quarters.
The Wat Botom, Hun Sen, Vimean Ekreach and Wat Phnom parks have all undergone makeovers and are drawing hoards of locals to relax, exercise, picnic or loll with their sweethearts.
SOURCE: The Phnom Penh Post – New parks: too little, too late for capital?.