Landscape architecture business continues to bloom

Despite a gloomy forecast that the national housing market will continue to slump, most top economists agree that Texas — The forecast is equally rosy for landscape architecture firms who report they are just as busy as or even busier than before
more at Fort Worth Business Press

2014 Games Village developers announced

Quintain, Kier Residential or Urban Splash line up for £245m Commonwealth Games scheme.

The £245m scheme, on the banks of the river Clyde, will include 1,500 residential units. Kier Residential and Quintain are understood to have expressed an interest in developing it.

Sources close to the scheme said Urban Splash’s plans for a 585-home development at nearby Bellgrove Street in east Glasgow could be used as a template for the village.
more at Building.co.uk

Landscape Institute Awards

The awards comprised a total of 14 categories, including design, planning and research with 40 schemes either recognised as the winner, highly commended or commended. Winning schemes were as geographically diverse as the Dongtan Eco City in China and the Westergasfabriek Park in Amsterdam.
more at Landscape Institute

£1 Billion Golf Course trumped by the local Council

‘Donald’s Trumptown dream in the dunes is dented by conservationist councillors’

DONALD Trump’s dream of building the world’s greatest golf course in Scotland, his mother’s homeland, lay in ruins last night after it was rejected by local councillors.

more at The Scotsman

Orange County Great Park

In another small step toward the construction of the Orange County Great Park, Irvine will spend $14 million during the next year and a half to spruce up the area around the tethered orange balloon ride that opened this summer by surrounding it with five acres of grass, shade trees, benches and tables, the Great Park board decided Thursday.

Although completion of the 1,347-acre park is decades away, Ken Smith, the landscape architect designing it, said the open space around the balloon would give a preview of what is to come.

“The balloon was born out of the idea of giving the public access to the site while we’re still building the park,” he said. “Now that we have the balloon up, we’re realizing we actually have to provide amenities,” he said. Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times

Orange County Great Park is having an ‘Open House’ on December 1st and 2nd between 10am and 2pm