UNEP and EU Sign Partnership for Sustainable Cities and Regions

Copenhagen | IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr user madsflash

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling a new phase of cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement sets out a framework for strong cooperation with the shared goal of achieving a sustainable future. Both institutions agreed to prioritise five areas namely: multilevel environmental governance; green economy and resource efficiency; climate change mitigation and adaptation; biodiversity and ecosystems management; and decentralised cooperation for development. It reinforces both institutions belief that there is a need to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy-decision making process if this objective is to be achieved.
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ASPECT Studios wins UTS campus competition in Sydney

ASPECT Studios wins UTS campus competition in Sydney

Alumni Green, the most significant outdoor space on the UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) City Campus, will be transformed into a vibrant, tree-lined city space in the latest design to be unveiled under its City Campus Master Plan. The proposal by ASPECT Studios won the design competition recently held by the university. Inspired by some of the world’s great public spaces, the design creates a central meeting place for the university community, filled with vibrant student-focused spaces.
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VIDEO | Designing Gardens by the Bay | Singapore | Grant Associates

Recently we published the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore by Grant Associates and they have just sent us a video giving the background to the competition win that led to project that we see opening on June 29. A short video (3min 48) for your viewing pleasure.

New Campus & Healing Gardens for Nationwide Children’s Hospital | Columbus USA | OLIN

New Campus & Healing Gardens for Nationwide Children's Hospital | Columbus USA | OLIN

OLIN  has designed the surrounding campus and healing gardens for the newly constructed hospital tower and research building of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s most prominent pediatric health care and research institutes, and has just completed the largest pediatric expansion project in U.S. history, adding 2.1 million square feet of clinical and research space. A dedication ceremony will take place on June 11, 2012. The new facility will open to the public on June 20, 2012, and is expected to welcome at least one million patient visits in its first year.

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Student Project | Shifting Grounds | Christina Ting

Student Project: Shifting Grounds | Singapore | Christina Ting

“shifting grounds – rethinking the residential public spaces in singapore”. The project focused on enhancing social interaction within the community through landscape interventions in and around void decks in Singapore’s urban residential estates.

Singapore is densely populated, thus majority of its residents live in public residential estates where the landscape is typified by “void decks”. 90% Of Singapore’s population live in public housing, which in singapore is referred to as mass housing. This is in contrast to Melbourne, where only 10% of the population live in public housing.

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