Mega bridge project gets ‘green’ light

Measures proposed for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge’s construction and operation have been deemed environmentally acceptable, the project’s chief engineer Aaron Bok says. Consultants completed the project’s environmental impact assessment for the Highways Department Mr Bok describes the planning process as highly complicated, but notes the bridge will offer significant social and economic benefits to Pearl River Delta cities.

SOURCE: News.gov.hk

Mediative Urbanisms competition winners announced

The Mediative Urbanisms competition was orgainsed by the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association to generate ideas to envision the future of a 30-acre post-industrial site in Louisville, Kentucky.


The winner of the competition is the team of Tetsuya Kawano and Julien Boulley from Paris who designed a multi-use building and residential tower and an urban agriculture area.

For more information about the competition go to the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association

For an article outlining the competition go to the SOURCE: Courier-Journal

Playground to be designed by game designer

In recent News via Guardian newspaper a game designer, Keita Takahashi will be working with Nottingham City Council and its landscape architect to come up with a playground design for Woodthorpe Grange Park.

SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk

Ed note: I think this will offer a new perspective on playground design. Hopefully, this will create a playground that will encourage children to spend more time in the landscape. It is good to see a city that could create a playground that responds to the new generation of children who are growing up in an age when games are played virtually not physically.

Downtown Miami’s Simpson Park is renovated

MiamiHerald.com reports

Two years ago, Miami and Audi of America began a joint effort to revitalize downtown’s Simpson Park, one of the city’s few remaining hammocks.

Last Friday, Carolina Monteiro, head designer of Enzo Enea Landscape Design in Miami, as well as Oppenheim, Sarnoff, Mayor Manny Diaz and Anja Kaehny of Audi celebrated Phase Two of “re:design Simpson Park” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the park’s grand opening.

SOURCE:  MiamiHerald.com – Downtown Miami’s Simpson Park is renovated, back from obscurity

Landscaping With a Lighter Touch – NYTimes.com

A recent article by William L. Hamilton at the New York Times about landscaping enhancing property values interviewed some landscape architects and clients and many drew the conclusion that people are heading towards more low maintenance gardens with few features. Out with the outdoor kitchen and in with the kitchen garden. More native plants and natural aesthetic.

The landscape architects in the article were:

Mike Mushak (CT, NY) said his clients were more interested in growing vegetables and getting their hands dirty than owning and operating the elaborate outdoor appliances…..

Anne Howerton(SF) said “how much work you want to put into maintaining a property, at any price point.”…….

Andrea Cochrane(SF) said about clients with green intentions – “They’re definitely aware, but when people look at the amortization — the payback — they tend to cut it out. I’ve become a little jaded about that.”…..

Perry Guillot(NY) stated that “High, high maintenance, that’s moved on,”……..“It’s like having five bad kids in the house, constantly needing things.”

Read the full article at the the [SOURCE: New York Times – Landscaping With a Lighter Touch]

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