Kardinaal Mercier Square | Jette Belgium | OMGEVING

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Kardinaal Mercier Square is to become the most important square in Jette, and it owes this status to its central position and its various key roles. The design is neutral with regard to motorised traffic, yet clearly prioritises the quality of the surroundings. The new square is intended to be a bustling living room for Jette.
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Jigsaw | Bondi Junction Australia | Waverly Council & Archrival

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Jigsaw is a three-dimensional mural artwork executed by a non-profit organisation called Archrival who unites the creative community by applying strategic practice and new thinking about ways to reshape modes of architecture and the design practice. Waverley Council engaged Archrival to design, construct and install the public art piece as a means of injecting beauty at a human scale to the otherwise vehicle-dominated streetscape of Gray Street in Bondi Junction, Sydney. This was part of Council’s Bondi Junction Complete Streets Project, which aims to make the area a true destination that is inviting, functional and desirable; an exciting place to live, work, visit and enjoy.

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John Street | Toronto Canada | The Planning Partnership

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The John Street corridor is an important cultural link in the City of Toronto. It is home to a number of significant cultural and institutional buildings and serves as a main downtown link for pedestrians. The current public realm is inadequate to accommodate the high volume of pedestrian traffic, patios and various streetscape elements.

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This Week in Landscape | 20 April 2014

Another week of interesting landscape architecture news, articles and more…

Addressing Infrastructure Problems With Landscape Architecture | Catherine Yang | Epoch Times
“In helping people understand the role of landscape architecture, Drake hopes to prevent misguided policies. Hurricane Sandy has brought a greater interest in resiliency and sustainability citywide.”

The Flora of the Future | Peter Del Tredici | Places Observer
“The concept of ecological restoration, as developed over the past 20 years, rests on the mistaken assumption that we can somehow bring back past ecosystems by removing invasive species and replanting native species.”

Urban physics | Elizabeth Thomson | MIT News
“That serendipitous observation has since led to research that is tying together the seemingly disparate disciplines of physics and urban planning. “Ultimately, I believe there’s potential for this to become a new field of study,” says Ulm, the George Macomber Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering…..”

Zen and now | Megan Backhouse | The Age
An acclaimed design firm (TCL) takes an abstract approach to landscape architecture.

Bicycle-Friendly Cobblestones | Mikael Colville-Andersen | Copenghanize
“On a street in the centre of Copenhagen, there are now smoother strips along the curbs for bicycle users to use.”

Suburbs Are Out, Cities Are In — Now What? | Charles Komanoff | Streets Blog
“…. the great inversion, urbanologist Alan Ehrenhalt has dubbed this reversal of the suburbanization wave that swept through the U.S.”

Garden Museum gets set for Green Infrastructure Week | Landscape Institute
“The Landscape Institute joins English Heritage and the National Trust as partners supporting a comprehensive programme of events running from 28 April to 2 May.”

Cityscapes Remix Garden | London UK

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London based garden design festival staged a three month long project in partnership with the RHS and coin Street Community Builders, titled The Remix Garden, running over the summer of 2013 in the iconic OXO Tower Wharf courtyard on the South Bank. The basic premise being that the Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden, designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam which appeared at Chelsea Flower Show, was handed over to four upcoming designers to remix, in the same manner that a song would be remixed by different producers.
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