Eat Your View | Veenkoloniën Netherlands | Felixx

How can rural dynamics be employed to adequately cope with the global challenges that we are currently facing and how can these challenges once again turn rural areas into a system that works? The Veenkoloniën (Groningen peat district) is a rural area in the North of the Netherlands that is facing a number of major economic, social and ecological challenges. As an agricultural area, the region is part of a global system. Consequently, its challenges are not caused by internal factors, but by the global food system and this system’s impact on the area, i.e. the social, economic and ecological environment that it creates.
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Orchid Archs | Jurong Hill Singapore | Jurong Bird Park

Orchid Arch | Jurong Hill Singapore | Jurong Bird Park
In 2010, as the Jurong Birdpark positioned itself as a Garden Of Paradise, the overall master plan of Jurong Birdpark was divided into five geographic zones: South East Asian, European, South American, African and Australasian zone. Each Zone has its own garden theme and exhibits with a beautiful and unique landscape, and indigenous plants respective to each region and is enhanced by charismatic sculptures to increase the visitors’ memorable experience in the park.

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Landscape Institute President | “…water should be a priority…”

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

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Rainer Schmidt and West 8 entries win Guangzhou Fangcun Huadi Competition

Rainer Schmidt and West 8 entries selected for Guangzhou Fangcun Huadi Competition

Image Credit | Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects

Guangzhou City Government announced that two winning entries were selected for the Guangzhou Fangchun Huadi Sustainable Master Plan competition. The two separate entries selected include the team of Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects with Guangzhou Planning Design Institute and another entry by West 8.

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Qingliu River Landscape Concept | Chuzhou China | Tract & SIAD

Qingliu River Landscape Concept | Chuzhou China | Tract & SIAD
As the gateway city of Eastern Anhui, Chuzhou is only 50km from Nanjing and is one of the core cities in the metropolitan circle of Nanjing. Chuzhou is also one of the birth places of Xiwu Lake Culture. It has a long history and is famous for folk-culture activities.

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