Vital wetland restored to natural glory

JournalLive reports

A 50-YEAR healing operation for internationally-important wetlands in the North has taken a major step forward.

A £700,000 project to push forward the restoration of the 12,000-year-old Border Mires has been completed nearly two years ahead of schedule. Over 2,500 acres of the Border Mires.

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Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince – The Guardian

The Guardian reports

Five firms of architects closely allied to the Prince of Wales’s approach to architecture will compete to draw up plans for the vacant Chelsea barracks site in London, after the prince succeeded in blocking an earlier design that he deemed “unsuitable”.

SOURCE: The Guardian – Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince

Glenn Murcutt speaks out about Newcastle University

Glenn Murcutt, the Pritzker prize-winning architect has spoken out about the new and revised architecture and landscape architecture at Newcastle University. Murcutt, particlarly points out that he is amazed at the cutting down of trees and the change in plant material used on the site. He goes on to online that the design process should have been different and consultation with the original architects and masterplanners.

SOURCE: Youtube

Team of UNM Students Win in Design Competition

University of New Mexico landscape architecture students Katya Yushmanova, Kristina Guist, Anthony Fettes and Elaine Stevens, as well as fine arts student Felicie Regnier, won first place in the Wayne Grace Memorial Design Competition, a contest accepting submissions pertaining to projects affecting the natural and built environment. The submissions must demonstrate a positive impact on the quality of life of the public.

The students submitted a project they completed in their Art and Ecology class for a new storm water surge pond that AMAFCA, Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority, was in the process of developing on city’s Westside.

“In addition to preserving the character of the local topography, the students also sought to enhance the slope complexity from the original design, improve site stability, create microclimatic variation for not only visual interest but also enhanced biological function, and integrated design details that reference the engineered nature of the site,” said Alf Simon, director, landscape architecture program, UNM School of Architecture and Planning.

The competition is sponsored by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Foundation, and is open to any student or team of students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate landscape architectural degree program. A jury of licensed landscape architects from across the U.S. and Canada was selected by the CLARB to evaluate the submissions.

SOURCE: UNM Today

Rees Wavedeck – Toronto Waterfront opens – West 8

Following in the footsteps of the Spadina and Simcoe WaveDecks, the Rees WaveDeck is the third in a series of four urban docks – designed by West 8+DTAH for WaterfronToronto – to create more public space along one of the most heavily used parts of the Toronto shoreline. This 480 square-metre wavedeck is uniquely Canadian and a fantastic new addition to Toronto’s waterfront.

Read and see more about Rees Wavedeck @ WEST 8

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