The Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto, California is one of the nation’s most innovative inclusive playgrounds — allowing every child and every parent the opportunity to play. Children can move through the trees on an elevated walk and swing, sway, spin and slide, all on surfaces and equipment without barriers. The Magical Bridge Playground is about bridging the physical and social barriers which prevent children of all ages and abilities from uniting together in play. Here children are powerful, not passive, able to take risks, climb higher, think harder, and foster friendships through play. By meeting the diverse developmental needs of children through universal design, the bridges we are building are physical, intellectual, communicative, sensory, and social; to embrace a truly inclusive place where all children can experience equality of opportunity, full participation, and independence in play.
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The Inner Peace Garden was a conceptual garden space and was designed for the Gardening World Cup Competition staged in Japan. The garden was designed to be of a real size, 10m x 12m and be able to function as a usable space whilst conveying the idea of searching for inner peace.
The space was used to convey the idea of travelling in ones mind to a place of peace and tranquility which allows thought and inspiration to come uninterrupted by the pressure and noise of everyday life.
Continue reading Paul Hervey-Brookes Associates creates Inner Peace Garden
The unique character of the land, its ALR designation, and input from the community provided the basis for the Garden City Lands (GCL) Legacy Landscape. After being used as a rifle range in the early 1900’s and housing National Coast Guard communication towers in the later part of the century, this extraordinary 136 acre site located in the heart of Richmond, B.C. has remained predominantly unused. City Council made a landmark decision to purchase the site from the Federal Government in 2010 to serve as a community amenity. The resulting Legacy Landscape plan combines: sustainable, small-scale agro-ecological approaches to crop production; engaging, research-based approaches to conservation; community uses that promote intergenerational health and wellness; and the creation of a cultural landscape identity. Rather than compartmentalizing these potentially divergent land uses, the Legacy plan and framework blend them, with each enhancing the other towards the creation of a truly dynamic and multifunctional landscape.
Continue reading Garden City Lands Legacy Landscape Plan | Richmond, Canada | PWL Partnership Landscape Architects
Competition Finalist | COMMPOST Daniel Gillen, Colby Suter, Gustav Fagerstrom Beijing, China
Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) recently announced the 2015 Jury Selection Finalists. The appointed jury reviewed and evaluated all eligible submissions, resulting in the selection of 18 top-ranked proposals. The selection highlights a variety of approaches to today’s design innovation and represents a breadth of material, technical, and social design solutions for engaging the competition brief. The diverse qualifications of the project teams capture cutting-edge work of emerging professionals and creative practices across multiple disciplines.
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Groundwork London and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, in association with the National Housing Federation and the Landscape Institute, have launched the Design for Life Competition as part of their west London Urban Climate-Proofing project.
The competition invites ideas about how green infrastructure (GI) could be retrofitted in a neighbourhood to make it more resilient to climate change. Design ideas must be linked to a real space and must tackle climate challenges such as flooding, overheating and drought.
The winners will receive £1000 plus a day of expert advice on how the winning idea could be developed and implemented.
Submission deadline: 21st September 2015, 17:00 GMT
Visit www.designforlife.info to find out more and for entry information.
Image Credit | Groundwork
World Landscape Architecture is not associated with this competition please submit all questions to the organisers at www.designforlife.info
Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation from TAMU College of Architecture on Vimeo.
Students install rain gardens at Schob Park Nature Preserve that sustained by stormwater runoff they absorb from nearby impervious surfaces such as walkways and parking lots. The project was funded by a small grant from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.
VIDEO CREDIT | TAMU College of Architecture
The landscape contiguous to Estrella Mountain Community College’s new Library and Conference Center is designed to reinforce the fabric of the campus by continuing a series of linked garden spaces. The building design concept was conceived as a pavilion within the landscaped campus core and as a backdrop for the garden spaces around it. Permeability and visual openness of the ground floor are key elements of the architecture as the gardens become a new campus centerpiece and central core for the campus.
Continue reading Estrella Hall at Estrella Mountain Community College | Avondale, USA | Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture