CONSTRUCTION UPDATE | Final Stage of the High Line

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Final Stage of the High Line | Image Credit Timothy Schenck courtesy of Friends of the High Line.

The third and final stage(known as the Rail Yards) is currently under construction and the Friends of the High Line have told WLA via email that most of the High Line’s signature planking has been laid. The interim walkway (where the High Line curves north at the intersection of West 30th Street and 12th Avenue) is all in place. Planting will begin in spring and continue throughout the summer whilst also installing additional construction elements. No date has been set for the opening of the final stage but is expected to be open to the public in the Fall of 2014.

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West 8 & ACLA selected for West Kowloon Cultural District Park

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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority recently announced that a design team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, supported by landscape architects, West 8 (Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong), has been chosen to design and manage the development of the Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong), scheduled to open in stages starting from 2015.

The Park will provide a major green open space in the heart of the city and a waterfront promenade which wraps the entire headland, offering spectacular views over Victoria Harbour.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Urban Jungle | Saira Shafiq

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The URBAN JUNGLE is a distinctive proposal set along the entire outer edge of the Dubai Outer Road of the City, as an URBAN PARK as well as a GREEN BARRIER aiming to roll back the encroaching Arabian Desert from the southern side and to shield the city of Dubai from the constant threats of sand and dust storms, invading the city every now and then.

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UTS Alumni Green – Temporary Placemaking Installation | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios

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The Temporary Placemaking installation at the University of Technology Sydney is an example of the ‘lighter, quicker, cheaper’ ethos which provided a green outlook, seating opportunities and a place to gather for students during a 7 week period whilst the new Campus Alumni Green is under construction. Designed to be assembled in a short time period and tight budget, the installation items will also be reused and adapted for other locations.

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Thames Baths Project | London UK | Studio Octopi

Thames Baths Project, London UK, Studio Octupi Credit Picture Plane

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In 1865, Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s London sewage system was opened. 150 years later the sewers are at the limits of their capacity. In 2012, 57 combined sewer overflows discharged 39 million tonnes of sewage into the River Thames. Over the next 10 years Thames Water is planning major improvements to the London sewer system. These improvements will help protect the Thames from increasing pollution for at least the next 100 years.

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