Today, the Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) announced the city of Almere, the winner of the 2022 Floriade, the world horticultural expo which takes place once every ten years in the Netherlands and is currently ending in Venlo. The MVRDV plan for Almere is not a temporary expo site but a lasting green Cité Idéale as an extension to the existing city centre. The waterfront site opposite the city centre will be developed as a vibrant new urban neighbourhood and also a giant plant library which will remain beyond the expo. Almere with MVRDV won the competition against Boskoop with OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Groningen with West 8 and Amsterdam Bijlmer with MTD Landscape Architect.
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When the City of Saratoga Springs, Utah, planned to build a new park, they knew they wanted it to be more than just a collection of fields and swing sets—they wanted to create a “destination.” The newly-opened Neptune Park is just that. The park is a community gathering place and includes a playground, soccer field, two large pavilions, a restroom and maintenance building, a civic courtyard, a basketball court, pedestrian lighting, parking, and an event stage. Among the park’s many beautiful amenities is the innovative playground featuring the park’s namesake, a 30-foot tall climbing structure called the Neptun XXL—the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
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Looking out on the redeveloped Owensboro Riverfront – residents, visitors and business owners now experience pedestrian busy blocks and a hub of new entertainment opportunities on what just 11 years ago was a blighted downtown district. This pocket city, where 96,656 people live, has invested in an array of development initiatives in health care, transportation, education, tourism and travel that focused on making the city and county more competitive in attracting residents and businesses through master planning efforts in the downtown core.
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Urban Forests and trees are an important of the urban realm and the public, managers and designers require documents to assist in making the informed decisions. Thankfully, three tools were recently launched at the Urban Forests and Sustainable Futures that assist everyone in their pursuit of creating great urban spaces.
The Trees and Design Action Group launched the Trees in Townscapes Trees in the Townscape, a Guide for Decision Makers, a new guide offers 12 principles of best practice; Neighbourhoods Green launched their web based toolkit Tree Management Toolkit that is intended to provide advice and information to support registered housing providers to develop their tree strategies; and lastly, the i-Tree Report, commissioned by the Victoria Business Improvement which reveals how trees in Victoria are saving the business community thousands of pounds(GBP) a year.
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Eo Wijers foundation organizes competitions every few years aiming to solve regional planning and landscape design issues in the Netherlands. This year teams were asked to design strategies how to deal with population shrinkage in peripheral, on agriculture based areas in the north of the country.
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The existing Town of Kansas pedestrian bridge in Kansas City, Missouri received some enhancements to the positive experience it currently enjoys. Kansas City as we know it today originated as the “Town of Kansas” when Lewis and Clark first stopped here while traversing the Missouri River and is the beginning of the cities Main Street.
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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling a new phase of cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement sets out a framework for strong cooperation with the shared goal of achieving a sustainable future. Both institutions agreed to prioritise five areas namely: multilevel environmental governance; green economy and resource efficiency; climate change mitigation and adaptation; biodiversity and ecosystems management; and decentralised cooperation for development. It reinforces both institutions belief that there is a need to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy-decision making process if this objective is to be achieved.
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