Landscape Institute Awards 2016 open for registration

2015 winner of the Design for a Large Scale Development Award | Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park South Plaza by James Corner Field Operations and LDA Design (image credit Robin Forster and LDA-Design)

The Landscape Institute Awards 2016 are now open for registration with 15 categories this year. Awards range from best design for a small scale development; recognising work in research and policy; to urban design and masterplaning which reflects the enormous variety of work undertaken by landscape professionals and students.

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UniSA Childcare Centre Relocation | Adelaide, Australia | ASPECT Studios

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The project was initiated by the relocation of the UniSA’s City West Campus child care centre. Located in the west end of the Adelaide CBD which is experiencing considerable growth and renewal. The site is configured as a contemporary take on a cloister arrangement with perimeter buildings orienting towards a central playspace. In collaboration with Architects, Grieve Gillett Andersen and the Lady Gowrie Centre, the design was guided by best practice early childhood education which has been recently developed through numerous centres interstate.

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USDA Launches “Plant a Window Box for Pollinators” Using New People’s Garden Initiative Website

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Screen Capture of Plant A Window Box for Pollinators | ©USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) urged Americans of all ages to “Plant a Window Box for Pollinators” by using a new, free online tool available at the redesigned People’s Garden Initiative website.

The new tool allows people to determine which plants will provide pollinator forage based on their zip code. Site visitors can then print out the list of plants to take to their local garden store and grown them in a window box. There is also a virtual window box game. Even a space as small as a window box can help pollinators by ensuring they don’t have to fly too far to find food. The interactive People’s Garden website also includes the popular live USDA “bee cam” which broadcasts honeybee activity on the roof of USDA’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

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Final Plans For The Redevelopment Of ‘t Zand And Vrijdagmarkt Made Public

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After extensive public feedback and consultation with the city of Bruges, the final plans for the redevelopment of ‘t Zand and Vrijdagmarkt designed by West 8 + Snoeck & Partners have been made public. Construction of the square, one of Bruges largest public space projects, is due to commence later this year. At over 8500 m² and hosting up to 220 events per year, ‘t Zand, is one of Bruges’ main squares. The redevelopment of ‘t Zand, designed by WEST 8+ Snoeck & Partners is also one of Bruges’ largest public space projects this year.

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VIDEO | Charles Waldheim: Landscape as Urbanism

Charles Waldheim: Landscape as Urbanism from UM School of Architecture on Vimeo.

Charles Waldheim provides a “sampler” in this video of his recent book project Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory – a monograph of landscape urbanism which consolidates what is known about the new field of Landscape Urbanism.

“Charles Waldheim is a North American architect and urbanist. Waldheim’s research examines the relations between landscape, ecology, and contemporary urbanism. He coined the term ‘landscape urbanism’ to describe the emergent discourse and practices of landscape in relation to design culture and contemporary urbanization. Waldheim is author of Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory and editor of The Landscape Urbanism Reader. Waldheim is John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he directs the School’s Office for Urbanism” – UM School of Architecture

Hui Tong Road South University Campus Living Zone Landscape Master Plan Design Competition

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With an understanding of the integration of the university campus and the cultural centre and the location of the site next to the main street (Huitong South Road), the overall planning strategy is to put all public landscape courtyards/ plaza closer to the south where they can be engaged and easily accessible to all public. At the same time the landscape courtyards/ plaza integrate better with the adjacent cultural facilities. This will also be where student quarters will be located with a small local hostel, community facilities and supermarket will be located providing services to the local residents, the students and those who are visiting this university town. A more active community life will be provided for students who prefer slight vibrant setting.
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Poppy Park(ing) transforming carpark into a Flower Meadow in Sofia, Bulgaria

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VIRIDIS participated in the Global Annual Initiative PARK(ing) day and transformed one of the parking spaces located in front of the Union of Architects to a “Flower Meadow”.
More than 300 paper poppies and a truckload of gravel were used in order to realize this innovative project.

Poppy Park(ing) from Viridis Landscape Architects on Vimeo.

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