London Wetlands Park | Image Flickr User amandabhslater
Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, wants the UK’s water supply chain to become more sustainable with priority given to all elements of the water cycle when designing and developing new places. Illman will speak this week at Ecobuild about water sensitive design – a fully integrated solution to flooding, droughts and water quality, the multi-faceted benefits of sustainable drainage and a green infrastructure approach to development.
“It’s time we started to see water as a potential resource – rather than something to be hidden away underground. Elsewhere in the world a mixed green, grey and blue infrastructure is being adopted. In February the White House committed the US to taking a GI approach after some years monitoring its effectiveness, and in Melbourne, Australia the City is introducing legislation to ensure it owns all of the rain falling on the City as part of their Water Sensitive approach, as it sees it as a valuable resource.” - Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute
The ‘Flevo’ polder with its major city Almere is located in the middle of Netherlands. The ‘Oostvaarderplassen’ in the north of this polder is a protected nature area with different kind of animals like red deers, foxes and wild horses. There is a demand for an ecological corridor between the ‘Oostvaarderplassen’ and the ecological reserve of ‘De Veluwe’ located in southern direction of the Netherlands. As a result, animals will have the opportunity to migrate and exchange area. So the extension of Almere city which needs 10.000 new houses and an ecological corridor are combined in the same area. Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | “Making and breaking the Grid” | Almere Netherlands
The history of Park Killesberg has its origins in the industrial use of the site as a quarry. Known as “Stuttgarter Werkstein” (Stuttgart Ashlar) this sandstone was mined intensively for a long time and left a jagged artificial topography, just like an open wound in the landscape. The design is conceived as the interweaving of two themes that mark the Killesberg: a soft landscape close to nature and man-made quarries as hard topographies. The result is a landscape that tells its own story. Continue reading Park Killesberg | Stuttgart Germany | Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten