Enlocus revitalises Morgan Court with an integrated and vibrant approach

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The design vision for Morgan Court, Glenroy arose from the many conversations with the local community and stakeholders that became the cornerstone of the project. This in depth local engagement process, together with the careful consideration of the long term objectives within the Glenroy Activity Centre Structure plan, resulted in a design that seeks to activate this public space now and into the future. These informative conversations strengthened the project’s focus on changing perceptions about the value of Morgan Court; how can the community’s appreciation be strengthened through an integrated and vibrant approach to this retail area?
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STUDENT PROJECT | The Third Reserve | Singapore | Joseph Rosenberg, Daniel Lau, Lindsay Rule

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Optimizing Singapore’s Land Use
Singapore has a long and successful history of land optimization and intensification since its independence over a half century ago. To adjust for economic and population growth, the city-state continues to perform reclamation to ensure its industrial and commercial sector will flourish. Since Singapore’s first masterplan in 1958, each land use has been articulated and appropriated for specific usage with the exception of one: the island’s interior reserves. When seeing Singapore as a whole, large green swaths of land within the Western and Central regions of the island are dominantly used for passive open spaces, military facilities and storage. They are delineated from the urban fabric by major freeways, accessible only at discrete locations. These reserves have not been optimized to the same degree as the island’s developed land and remain underutilized. But what if Singapore could create a new reserve optimized to the same degree of the rest of island? A Third Reserve could address the future challenges facing the island with population growth and food security.

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USDA Launches `Plant a Window Box for Pollinators` Using New People`s Garden Initiative Website

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) urged Americans of all ages to “Plant a Window Box for Pollinators” by using a new, free online tool available at the redesigned People’s Garden Initiative website.

The new tool allows people to determine which plants will provide pollinator forage based on their zip code. Site visitors can then print out the list of plants to take to their local garden store and grown them in a window box. There is also a virtual window box game. Even a space as small as a window box can help pollinators by ensuring they don’t have to fly too far to find food. The interactive People’s Garden website also includes the popular live USDA “bee cam” which broadcasts honeybee activity on the roof of USDA’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

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Six Key Strategies for Vacant Land in the Future City

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Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) have released the key strategies developed through Future Ground, a competition to generate design and policy strategies for vacant land reuse.

Over the course of six months in 2015, the three winning multidisciplinary design teams – NOLEX, PaD, and STOSS – tackled fundamental questions not only about vacant land, but also about creating more equitable cities: How can we build unconventional partnerships to improve quality of life in underserved communities?
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URA announces Singapore Rail Corridor RFP winners

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Lines of Life features eight distinctively-themed stretches along the 24 km-long Rail Corridor and 10 community nodes offering differentiated experiences (Photo credit: Nikken Sekkei)

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced recently the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal (RFP) awards, and launched an exhibition of the awarded proposals where the public can give feedback. URA also announced the proposed conservation of the two steel truss bridges along the Rail Corridor, and acknowledged the community’s contributions in achieving a key milestone for the Rail Corridor project.

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University of Pennsylvania students win the AECOM Urban SOS design competition

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os Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and AECOM CEO Michael S. Burke present awards Daniel Lau, Joseph Rosenberg and Lindsay Rule.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and AECOM CEO Michael S. Burke present awards Daniel Lau, Joseph Rosenberg and Lindsay Rule, graduate design students at the University of Pennsylvania, have won AECOM’s sixth annual Urban SOS competition. Their entry, “The THIRD Reserve,” proposed to create an ambitious new urban landscape to enable the island city-state of Singapore to become self-sufficient in its food production.

The Urban SOS program fosters cross-disciplinary thinking in urban problem-solving and design education while helping to make a real difference for communities in need. The 2015 student competition was co-sponsored by AECOM, Van Alen Institute and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). This year’s “All Systems Go” theme asked student teams to submit site-specific proposals that solved an urban food or water system challenge in one of the 100 Resilient Cities locations.
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Sasaki Associates designs Shanghai`s largest park

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Zhangjiabang is the first of Shanghai’s eight planned “green wedges”, and will become the city’s largest public park.  A catalyst for ecological and urban renewal, the park creates an unprecedented amount of wetland and woodland habitat that redefines the natural environment in a city whose residents have increasingly fewer opportunities to experience nature.

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