A Place for Gathering | Fiona Hillary, Sarah Haq & Hugo Cran

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The City of Greater Dandenong in the south-eastern fringe of Melbourne, Australia is a traditionally industrial area with one of the country’s most culturally diverse populations. As such, it has long been haunted by its image as a place of social unrest, exacerbated by a media obsessed with telling bad stories. These negative perceptions, combined with high unemployment rates and poor economic prospects were making the place unsustainable. In a bid to rejuvenate the region, state government authority Places Victoria (formerly VicUrban) and the City of Greater Dandenong launched ‘Revitalising Central Dandenong’ a major urban renewal masterplan worth $AUD290 million.

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PLYGROUND | Daniel Gillen

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PLYGROUND is the latest design from dgd:DGILLENdesign for TexFab’s annual digital design and fabrication competition. The competition investigated ‘Plasticity’ through an architectural proposal that utilizes parametric design and digital fabrication. Plasticity is the quality of being able to be made into different shapes, to be molded or altered. DGD saw an opportunity to create a catalyst for human interaction, envisioning an architecture where public interaction and engagement is heightened, facilitating undefined perspectives.

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Call for Submissions | The International Garden Festival 2015

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2014 International Garden Festival | Pink Punch | Nicholas Croft & Michaela MacLeod | Image: Louise Tanguay

The International Garden Festival,  presented at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens in the Gaspésie region of Québec, is preparing  its 16th edition and is issuing an international call for proposals to select designers who will create the new temporary gardens that will be presented from June 27 to September 27, 2015.

“Buzz” is the operative word guiding the 2015 Festival. The installations selected by the jury will have  a special energy and connection to the natural world. The temporary gardens will have a central  concept that will be clearly articulated and a degree of interactivity that encourages visitors to enter  with enthusiasm and leave with a wish to dialogue and discuss. They will be bold or earthy, complex  or very simple. The goal is to intrigue visitors with the unusual or to impress by new ways of  presenting what is common. Incorporating vegetables and/or aromatic, medicinal or edible plants, the  new gardens will be full of colour and intensity.

This call for proposals is open to all landscape architects, architects, designers and artists from Canada and abroad. For complete information on this call for proposals, those interested should consult the web site: www.projects.internationalgardenfestival.ca

The deadline for the submission of entries is MONDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2014 at 5 pm EST.

“Water Wuz Here” | Toronto, Canada | Lynnette Postuma

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“Water Wuz Here” was a process-based installation that visualized the momentary presence of water in the urban landscape. The exhibit was featured in an art show entitled “Grow Op: Exploring landscape and place” at The Gladstone Hotel in late April 2014.
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Edge Effect | Quebec, Canada | SNØHETTA

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Within the narrow threshold between boreal forest and field exists an environmental condition that enables a particular set of species to colonize, thriving on the effect of two contrasting environments side by side. Edge Effect places a circle of steel between forest and field to create a series of variable experiences related to being on the edge.

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