Landscape Process. Tourism of identity for the Mines of Iglesiente | Prof. Arch. Valerio Alberto Morabito

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The territory of Iglesias, its mines and its extraordinary historical and cultural heritage is a landscape perfectly suited to tourism, not mass tourism but tourism able to bring about lasting changes to produce economic answers capable of recreating permanent identities in a new landscape.

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URA announces Singapore Rail Corridor RFP winners

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Lines of Life features eight distinctively-themed stretches along the 24 km-long Rail Corridor and 10 community nodes offering differentiated experiences (Photo credit: Nikken Sekkei)

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced recently the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal (RFP) awards, and launched an exhibition of the awarded proposals where the public can give feedback. URA also announced the proposed conservation of the two steel truss bridges along the Rail Corridor, and acknowledged the community’s contributions in achieving a key milestone for the Rail Corridor project.

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ILAM dismantles Scale of Fees

The Insitute of Landscape Architects Malaysia have officially dismantled their Scale of Fees after the Malaysia Competition Commission recently sent the ILAM the following notice:

“That the Commission is aware that the ILAM’s Scale of Fees continues to be in effect. The Commission considers that the ILAM’s Scale of Fees should be dismantled by 5 April 2015, failing which the Commission shall proceed to take the next appropriate course of action”

ILAM in response sent out a notice to all members on the 3 April to officially dismantling the Scale of Fees:

“ILAM is hereby adhere to full application of the Competition Act 2010 and advises all ILAM members to comply with the aforementioned act. Please be informed that the booklet of ILAM’s Scale of Fees is now regarded as obsolete. ILAM has no obligation to any members should there be any circumstances in relation to “the ACt” after the date of this letter.”

The dismantling of official Scale of Fees by landscape architecture organisations has been ocurring over the last decade as countries seek to increase competition and comply with fair-trade agreements between nations where colluding or fixing of prices or fees is seen as anti-competitive. Although these scale of fees are obsolete they are often still used by firms and individuals to price work by adjusting for various costs and project complexity.

Find out more information at ILAM about the official dismantling of fees

RESOURCE | Water Sensitive Urban Design


World Water Day (Sunday 21 March) is a great time to remember the role that landscape architects play in managing water in the landscape. Over the last decade Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) has increased in importance as the world understands the importance of water in cities and the effects of climate change. The video above published by the Landscape Institute is a great example of the material available on the net in assisting landscape architects understand WSUD, but also use the video as a tool to educate the public on the importance of water in cities.

I have collated a list of great resources that you can use to learn, understand and promote Water Sustainable Urban Design in your projects, classrooms and cities.
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St.Petersburg Pier shortlisted concepts unveiled

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Blue Pier | W Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Back in October, WLA reported that 8 teams were shortlisted to provide a concept design for the St.Petersburg Pier. These teams submitted their designs to the city on December 15. Each team received a $30,000 stipend to submit initial design concepts, complete with reports, renderings, cost estimates and a description of how the programmatic elements meet the findings of the Pier Working Group.

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AWP selected for Malmo Quay

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Ten years after AWP was shortlisted for the final stage of the Architecture Foundation new building in London, Igloo-Carillon plc has selected the office for territorial reconfiguration* to deliver a design vision for a cycle hub building in Malmo Quay, Lower Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon-Tyne.

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#rEAvivaJaén | Jaén, Spain | Estudio Atope Architects

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Urban Action #positEA, using the square and promoting heritage (Photography: Gema Luque Higueras)

#rEAvivaJaén is being developed in Jaén (in the south of Spain) since April 2013. It is a project that is based on citizen participation in order to regenerate the Historic Downtown of Jaén by means of special events, ephemeral transformations and activities that weave a continuous project for revitalising these historic neighbourhoods.

When studying in depth its old city, it appears that it has been practically forgotten by institutions and neighbours: there are too many plots and houses in very bad conditions and non-existent uses for tertiary sector, especially public areas.

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