Evaluation is key to stopping land degradation

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Sand Dunes Near Lhasa Airport | flickr user David and Jessie

On World Day to Combat Desertification (June 17), the International Resource Panel (part of UNEP) has called for the world to improve the way we evaluate land. Evaluation is key to reversing land degradation with the loss of over 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil and 15 billion trees disappearing every year. As the world’s populations increasingly urbanises, so does the demand for food and fibres which will cause 320-849 million hectares of land to be converted to cropland by 2050. This will lead to an increase in emissions from agriculture from 24 to 30 per cent.

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Shenzhen Bay Tech-Eco Park utilises ecological sustainability to design four districts

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CRJA-IBI Group in collaboration with BLY Landscape Architects were selected to design the exterior landscaped area, roadways, elevated decks, gardens and roof gardens for four districts within the new Shenzhen Bay Technology and Ecology Park. Shenzhen is a major city in the south of Southern China’s Guangdong Province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong. The area is China’s first—and one of the most successful—Special Economic Zones. The project’s location within the urban fabric of Shenzhen offered the landscape architects distinct opportunities to create an energizing addition to the neighborhood.

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“The Rainforest” seeks to evoke the surrounding landscape for residents

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The Rainforest is an executive condominium housing development set amidst vast landscaped grounds that evoke the look of a nature reserve. Spanning an area of 17,590 square metres situated along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3, the residential development is well integrated with its lush tropical setting.

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T.R.O.P creates resort inspired by the Thailand’s first national park

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Inspired by the nearby mountain range, Khao Yai, Thailand’s largest rain forest (also Thailand’s first national park), the landscape is created as the link between the architecture and Nature. Instead of trying to produce a faked natural forest, the architecture is interpreted as big trees while the landscape represents the green areas underneath. Working with different qualities of sunlight, the landscape solution successfully introduces the man-made sustainable forest, which inspires the residents to understand and appreciate what Nature is all about.

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Adobe Systems Campus Landscape | Lehi, UT, USA | Wallace Roberts & Todd

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Adobe’s newest Metro Salt Lake City campus was selected on the planned lightrail line in the South Valley City of Lehi. Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) worked with architects, WRNS Studio to create a master plan to accommodate future growth of the 40 acre campus, with this project being the initial phase. The site development strategy calls for surface parking serving as a potential land-banking mechanism to be eventually replaced by buildings or more compact structured parking. The first phase included the campus’s first office building with central public functions of arrival lobby, an employee café that features locally grown food, recreation — including a full NBA-sized indoor basketball court, service and central public atrium space with associated circulation, parking, arrival courts and outdoor gathering and recreation uses.
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Adelaide Zoo – Nature’s Playground | Adelaide, Australia | WAX Design with Phillips Pilkington Architects

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Nature’s Playground is a fantastic new exhibit at the Adelaide Zoo that connects children, parents and carers to nature through play. Nature’s Playground reflects the values, aspirations and philosophies of Adelaide Zoo regarding social inclusion, education and the need to foster an understanding of the natural world in everyone.

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Vestre Fjordpark | Working with Nature | LIW planning

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The project “Working with Nature” proposes an architectonically robust overall approach to the area surrounding Vestre Fjordpark in Aalborg West which gathers public recreational facilities and accessibility in a new type of space in Aalborg. Urbanity and landscape are synthesized in a site-specific, coastal city space that operates with Danish coastal landscape typologies: the lagoon, the salt marsh, the tongue, and the forest are “Working with Nature”.

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