WWF-UK Living Planet Centre and Headquarters Opens

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WWF-UK has today opened its new Living Planet Centre and Headquarters in Woking, with sustainable landscape design provided by UK landscape architects, Grant Associates. The landscape design approach for the 0.9-hectare site reflects a shared aspiration to develop a landscape and building that is integrated and responsive to the site whilst rooted in simple ecological design thinking.

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STUDENT | Claiming Productive Ground | Dane Carlson

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In the Chilean Patagonia, the ecosystem is anything but pristine.  Fires ravaged much of the bountiful woodlands in the rugged and remote province of Aysen in a mid-century effort to create grazing land, but instead left countless miles of barren land.  Now, a proposal for a series of dams on the mighty Pascua and Baker rivers, Chile’s largest, has proven highly controversial for its potential economic and socio-cultural impacts.

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Stevenage Town Centre Gardens | Stevenage UK | HTA Landscape

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In 2006, HTA were appointed by Stevenage Borough Council to create a new vision for the Town Centre Gardens.  At over forty years old, the 3.85 hectare park had fallen into decline and was generally perceived as neglected and unsafe. The project successfully combined the restoration of the structure, character and heritage features within the Gardens with new contemporary interventions to give it a renewed relevance for the future.

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Durham College/ University of Ontario Institute of Technology | Durham Canada | DTAH

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The guiding principle of the design is to extend the existing college campus to seamlessly integrate with the new university, arranged around a central quadrangle and colonnade. Within this framework, the movement of rainwater – from its source on rooftops and parking lots, to its release to Oshawa Creek or re-use in irrigation – organizes and articulates the landscape design. The resulting storyboard defines the campus structure and character, inspiring the visual and functional components of the exterior spaces. Stepped linear wetlands, scupper bays, bioswales and storm ponds complete with waterside decks, bridges and outlooks are knitted into the fabric of the site to engage and inform the campus users.

The integration of ordered sustainable design principles reinforces the University’s commitment to learning, teaching and professional practice in a technologically progressive environment. The goal is a campus framework that allows for flexible expansion of the new university within the existing college setting. In future phases, the addition of new residences will promote the genesis of the campus from a commuter college to a sustainable educational village.

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Tree Houses Project | Hot Springs Arkansas | The Portico Group

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The Tree Houses Project, designed by The Portico Group, represents a plan to provide children and their families with unique experiences at the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden within Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, AR. The conceptual organizational approach for new encounter stations will encourage kids to “Look, Find and Discover that the Woods are Alive!”

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