Students Win 2010 Landscape Design Competition

Two students have won the 2010 Green Goal Mouille Point Student Landscape Design competition for designing a safe, spacious and aesthetic inner city park and recreation area head of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

This comes after landscape design and architectural students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) were invited to submit entries to redesign the Mouille Point promenade and beachfront area.

Scott Masson, a final year Masters Landscape Design programme student at UCT submitted a design which would transform the site into a dynamic people-friendly facility.

Marike Fick a final year design student at the CPUT, submitted a design of an amphitheatre which she felt would be an important feature to attract a variety of people to the area.

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allAfrica.com: South Africa: Students Win 2010 Landscape Design Competition

Campuses maintain arboretums for the benefit of all

Walk around the peaceful, grassy campuses of local colleges and universities and you’ll see an interesting mix of modern construction and some of the oldest living relics in the region.

In between the brick and mortar structures, you’ll find stately trees — some of which date back almost two centuries — gracing these parklike settings.

At Waynesburg University, where the white oak (Quercus alba) is the school’s official tree, a long row of oaks lines one side of the walk between Miller Hall and a fountain that fronts the campus.

“Ten years ago, one of our students completed an inventory of trees, which our botany class uses to evaluate the health of the trees,” said Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology. “When one dies or is taken out, we plant a new one to take its place.”

Read more about Universities in the USA maintaining their aroboretems @ the SOURCE:
Pittsburgh Post Gazette –
Campuses maintain arboretums for the benefit of all – Author – Dave Zuchowski

City’s Signature Roof – Vancouver Sun

At the moment, the grandest and most ethically ambitious architecture in the city — the green, living roof of the new convention centre — resembles a hair plug job. There’s a lot of bald up there.

It’s sparse, but growth proceeds. They started planting it two weeks ago, and crews are working their way across the six-acre roof sewing and digging in more than 750,000 plants. A green blush appeared on the canvas of the roof’s dark-brown growing medium of pumice and organic matter.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – City’s Signature Roof

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and revitalizing parks, community gardens and public spaces in New York City, on May 16 announces the debut of The Toyota Children’s Learning Garden in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood.

Read more @ SOURCE: The FINANCIAL – Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project And Preeminent Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenbur.

Cityscape rings up sales worth Dh20bn – Emirates Business 24/7

Property development giants dismantled their stands at the end of an international real estate show in Abu Dhabi yesterday after netting more than Dh20 billion and revealing major projects for potential investors.

Despite a surge in property prices because of strong demand and soaring construction costs, real estate has remained the most profitable sector in the UAE, while developers were surprised at the rush by potential buyers from the UAE and other countries.

Exhibitors at the four-day Cityscape Abu Dhabi described the rush at the sprawling Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre as a stampede and some had to cordon off their stands and recruit scores of security men to restore discipline. Besides property companies, banks benefited from the show as hundreds of clients were seen queuing at their stands for mortgage loans.

SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Cityscape rings up sales worth Dh20bn.

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