AECOM creates village landscape for a Park Hyatt Resort in Mallorca

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AECOM has completed the landscape architecture of the Park Hyatt Mallorca, a new luxury resort set within the Cap Vermell Estate. Open this month, it is the first Park Hyatt Resort in Europe and the first Hyatt Hotel in Mallorca, providing 142 guest rooms and 16 uniquely designed suites. Recreational facilities will include swimming pools, a fitness centre and a luxury spa.

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LATITUDE creates Agora pavilion for Beijing Financial Street Mall

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LATITUDE was commissioned by Beijing Financial Street Mall in collaboration with Better Homes And Gardens magazine to design a pavilion capable of holding outdoor spring-themed cultural activities.
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Registrations open for L Train Shutdown Charrette

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Van Alen Institute has opened registrations for the L Train Shutdown Charrette. The Canarsie tunnel connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn on the L line will be closed completely for one and a half years or closed partially for three years to make repairs due to damage from Superstorm Sandy. Van Alen Institute is holding a charette propose implementable interventions that look beyond shuttle buses and private cars. Participants from both design and non-design fields are invited to this program that asks how unforeseen design solutions can facilitate easier routes during service shutdowns.

Have an idea? There is no entry fee to enter. Form an interdisciplinary team of at least two people and send us your 150-word concept by midnight EDT on June 9. 

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Note from the Editor: Why is this posted on a landscape architecture blog? Because landscape architects look at problems at a macro scale and thought that a landscape architect teamed with an engineer, architect or other non-design discipline could create a disruptive solution. It will be interesting to see everyone’s ideas.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens unveils new Heritage Garden

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Recently the Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong unveiled the Heritage Garden in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Overlooking Swan Lake, the Heritage Garden is located on the same lawn where Singapore’s first “Aneka Ragam Ra’ayat”, or People’s Variety Show, took place. The Heritage Garden highlights the social history of the Gardens, as well as its pivotal role in Singapore’s greening journey.

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The Porch was Philadelphia’s first “lighter, quicker, cheaper” public space

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Groundswell Design Group was brought on by Philadelphia’s University City District to redesign The Porch, a public space located next to 30th Street Station, Philadelphia’s main train station and the second busiest station in the United States. With 18,000 workers within a five-minute walk, and 16,000 people passing through the site daily, this former parking lot sits nestled between the grand colonnades of 30th Street Station and four lanes of traffic on Market Street. The Porch ultimately acts as the station’s gateway to Center City Philadelphia and University City.

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Parks Without Borders reveals 8 Parks receiving $40 million in improvements

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NYC Parks recently revealed the eight showcase parks selected for reconstruction using Parks Without Borders design principles. Launched in November 2015, supported by $50 million in Mayoral OneNYC funding, the new design concept better connects parks and communities and improves access by opening sight lines, beautifying edges, and adding furnishings to underutilized spaces. The announcement was made today during the agency’s PARKS WITHOUT BORDERS summit at The New School.
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King’s House | Bangalore, India | The Purple Ink Studio

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Occupying a strategic position in the heart of Bangalore, the clients brief saw a potential for limited ‘Sky Villas’ where the architecture would re-interpret new levels of luxury in living. The built form and landscape is worked out to capture and involve the vibrant richness of the city’s flora.

The design challenge was to capitalize on the potential of the 30,000 Sqft site without compromising on the existing green cover and minimizing the ecological footprint of the structure.

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