West 8 wins competition Bridge Aarschot

The winning design of West 8 and BAS-Dirk Jaspaert for the new pedestrian bicycle bridge, that will span the rail tracks in Aarschot, focuses on the functional character of the bridge as well as on its potential to tempt and surprise its users.

The bridge will connect the different old and new parts of the city, the landscape and the centre with each other and becomes a crucial link within the regional bicycle path network. It also creates new access points to the platforms.

By virtue of its location, form, structure and the use of material, the bridge captures the qualities of the surrounding landscape. It offers cyclists and pedestrians a new rest and meeting place above the busy rail tracks, but at the same time it gives them a sense of security.

The steel space grid is supported by sculptural pillars and its curved shape offers a variety of constantly changing perspectives and experiences.

[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 wins competition Bridge Aarschot]

Design body slates city strategy vision – Regen.net

Regen.net reports “A draft design framework for developments in the west of Edinburgh has been criticised by the Scottish Government’s design champion.

While Architecture and Design Scotland (ADS) describes Edinburgh City Council’s strategy as nationally significant, it added that it lacks a clear vision and fails to mention the importance of place-making.”

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Central government support significant for Macau’s development – Macau Daily Times

Macau Daily Times reports “Advancing the nine measures, within the six guidelines recently announced, the 2008-2020 draft plan for the reform and development for the Pearl River Delta region and the important instructions to the future development of Macau, are friendly measures and are of a profound meaning for the territory,” secretary Lau said

[SOURCE: Macau Daily Times – Central government support significant for Macau’s development].

Landscape Services Market in the U.S. – Reportlinker

Landscape Services Market in the U.S. documents and analyzes both residential and nonresidential landscape architecture and installation services. It examines consumer demographics, market size, and firms’ promotional strategies.

The report provides five-year forecasts of market size for landscape architects and other landscape services (except maintenance). Statistics are provided for number of establishments and industry revenue.

[SOURCE: Reportlinker – Landscape Services Market in the U.S. – market research report].

Eco-town inspired by Paris and Barcelona

this is leicestershire.co.uk reports that the “Architecture found in Paris, Barcelona and London has been used by developers as inspiration for their vision of an eco-town.

The Leicester Mercury can exclusively reveal new artist’s impressions showing what Pennbury would look like if it is built.”

[SOURCE: thisisleicestershire.co.uk – Eco-town inspired by Paris and Barcelona].

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