2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge

The USEPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for college and university students. Once again, EPA is inviting student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment.

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Design Council calls for new strategy for good design in the built environment

Design Council has called for a new cross-government strategy and a commitment from all political parties to deliver and inspire public demand for high quality design in the built environment. Through the experience of its Cabe team and in consultation with its network of Built Environment Experts the Design Council has identified the following key recommendations to the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment to put to government:

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Potomac Bridge Light Tender’s House | Washington D.C. USA | mikeyoung kim design

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The light piece creates refracted light compositions with dichroic and reflective acrylic at each window of the historic Light Tender’s House on the 14th Street Bridge on the Potomac River that once served the drawbridge that is the entry gateway to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.
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STUDENT PROJECT | Growing East Boston: A Sustainable Framework for Implementing Urban Agriculture | Edward Adams

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The human race is faced with a challenge. As the population continues to grow our reliance on the planet’s natural resources is threatened by overuse and neglect. In order to endure, humanity must
discover new ways to restore the balance between people and natural systems. This presents an invaluable opportunity to rethink how we design our communities and interact with the landscape.
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Mill River Park and Greenway | Stamford Connecticut | OLIN

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Image Credit | © Carly Bergey

J.B. Jackson, in his book Discovering the Vernacular Landscape, wrote “No group sets out to create a landscape of course.  What it sets out to do is to create a community, and the landscape as its visible manifestation is simply the by-product of people working and living, sometimes coming together, sometimes staying apart, but always recognizing their interdependence.” This spirit of community and collaboration couldn’t be more evident than in Stamford, Connecticut during the city’s recent opening celebration of Mill River Park. Residents gathered for a weekend of festivities along the banks of Mill River, commemorating the long anticipated 14-acre park designed by OLIN.
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Connecting the Seven Lochs Wetland Park Design Competition

At almost 20 sq km the Seven Lochs Wetland Park will be Scotlandʼs largest urban nature park, and a major new destination for outdoor recreation. The Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) in association with Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (GCVGNP) and Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) are pleased to invite entries from design professionals and students to produce concept design proposals to connect two key sites within the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, a major new destination for outdoor recreation expected to attract over one million visitors per year.

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Ken Fletcher Park | Tennyson Australia | Form Landscape Architects

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Laser cut screens, arbour, amphitheatre and public plaza | Image Credit – Yan Chen

Named after one of Brisbane’s greatest tennis players, Ken Fletcher Park is located on a former coal-fired power station site alongside the Tennyson Reach of the Brisbane River. The 2.9 hectare north facing site has emerged from its industrial past to become a contemporary district all abilities riverside park. Environmental and social sustainability initiatives are underpinned by the reuse of a post industrial site and recycling of its materials for the purpose of creating an innovative community based recreational facility. This facility provides equitable opportunities and outcomes for all its members, despite their level of ability or disability.
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