The Conceptual Landscape Masterplan is the first stage for the 80 hectare Flower Garden Park and new national tourist destination in Jiangxi province, China. It forms an integral part of a wider initiative for the new mixed use development of Flower Ocean and is planned to improve the recreation opportunities and health and wellbeing for the people of Ruichang. The significance and symbolism of flowers in Chinese culture underlies the vision and design for the park. Stunning year round ‘oceans of flowers’ will delight, engage and educate the 3 million visitors who will visit the park, and complement the hills and forests that are the natural setting for the city. A number of key principles underlie the plan.
“…the masterplan for the Park is a synthesis of many layers of design and information… at its core lies a journey for visitors during which they can choose to experience the spectacular views of the flower landscapes and theme gardens, an exploration of wetland ecology, a live show or performance, children’s learning and play, or a step back in time to appreciate traditions of classical gardens…something for everyone.”
Continue reading The Flower Garden Park | Ruichang, China | Chris Blandford Associates
We’re commissioning an artist, or artist led team, to design and deliver a major public artwork – an Urban Oasis in the heart of one of Australia’s bustling tourist cities. A design competition to choose the successful artist or artist led team is open now to local, national and international artists. The winning design will receive a $AUD330,000 commission.
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Aerial View of Rhodes Peninsula
Open Space Master Plan for Rhodes Peninsula
Rhodes Peninsula is a dynamic urban centre with a distinctive form that presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges for the role of public open space within an evolving urban redevelopment precinct. Located alongside Sydney Olympic Park, the Peninsula is defined by the Parramatta River, Homebush Bay and Brays Bay. The City of Canada Bay engaged Corkery Consulting to prepare a comprehensive Open Space Master Plan and Plan of Management for the whole Peninsula.
Continue reading Rhodes Peninsula Open Space Master Plan + Plan of Management City of Canada Bay | Sydney NSW Australia | Corkery Consulting
This small contemporary garden healed-back a site that had simple program requirements of privacy and use ability. This contemporary home is situated in an established and dense 1920’s neighborhood. This garden is “wedged” between two multi-story traditional homes and required seclusion for the residents to use the interior and exterior spaces without compromising views from above or the side. To address the scope of this private garden, the design uses a grove of 20’ tall bamboo which acts as a beautiful, evergreen privacy screen by blocking the field of vision from the adjacent second story windows of neighboring houses.
Continue reading Larchmont | University Park, Texas, USA | Hocker Design Group
It is apparent that the site is scarred by history and that the necessity for memory is eminent.
And that is what mostly influenced my decisions. Besides the site’s history, users memories are important as well. There was a clear decision that needed to be done: How do you balance the daily activities of a park with the touristic and memorial aspects?
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | In Between Layer of History and Optional Remembrance | Anca-Elena Panait
The sculpture “Hare” by Barry Flanagan stands inside the house and tempts the resident fox.
Denver’s regional landscape becomes the metaphor for this 3-acre estate. Inspired by the Denver landscape of mountains, prairie, and mowed turf grasses, we emphasized the change of seasons, native plants, and a fusion between landscape, art and architecture. The landscape features outdoor rooms, framed views to barrowed landscapes, and provides a habitat for wildlife and a substantial collection of sculpture.
View across meadow showing Ponderosa pines and American elm. The mature trees lend sense of timelessness to the setting.
Continue reading Rabbit House | Denver, USA | WERK | Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture
The University of Texas at Austin’s Campus Solar Charging Station project is an innovative combination of renewable energy education, place making and cutting-edge solar technology. The station offers students and community members the opportunity to gather in the shade while recharging their laptops, phones, e-bikes and electrical devices via USB ports or standard electrical outlets.
Continue reading Solar Charging Station | University of Texas, Austin, USA | Beth Ferguson and Dallas Swindle of Sol Design Lab