World Water Day (Sunday 21 March) is a great time to remember the role that landscape architects play in managing water in the landscape. Over the last decade Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) has increased in importance as the world understands the importance of water in cities and the effects of climate change. The video above published by the Landscape Institute is a great example of the material available on the net in assisting landscape architects understand WSUD, but also use the video as a tool to educate the public on the importance of water in cities.
The Littlehaven promenade and seawall scheme has transformed a stretch of South Shields’ seafront in northeast England from a neglected length of coastline into a desirable visitor destination. The project involved the demolition of a failing seawall, on-site reuse of excavated material in raising levels and landscaping of backing land areas, and construction of a 500m promenade and seawall along a new, landward and more sustainable, curved alignment. High-quality concrete finishes, bespoke public art and breath-taking streetscape were used to ensure this striking scheme captured the public imagination and revitalised the seafront.
One year after Hurricane Sandy took its toll on New York, Swedish architectural practice White Arkitekter, along with partners Arup and Gensler, were announced winners of an international two-phased design competition to redevelop the waterfront of Rockaway, Queens, which was particularly hard-hit by the effects of the superstorm.
Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province. The Xiang River is the largest river in Hunan and one of the largest tributaries of the Yangtze River. It bisects the city into the older eastern area and the newly developing western area. Within the river corridor are several large islands formed over time from sand shoal deposits.
On the 8th January, Mr Paul Chan, Secretary for Development for Hong Kong, announced that out of 90 entries, the competition attracted more than 90 entries from Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas. The Jury Panel of the Competition found that most of the entries could accommodate both the overall setting of the river and the peripheral development while the winning entries made use of simple and innovative design ideas to optimise space for public activities. Morphis won the international design competition for Kai Tak River with their The ‘Living Roots’ design concept.