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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New Capability Brown website is launched as countdown to 300th Birthday celebrations

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A group of organisations, landowners and individuals have come together to create a website dedicated to the life and work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown as the first step towards marking the 300th anniversary of his birth in 2016. The Capability Brown 300 Celebration and Festival websiteis being created by Kolab and will be completed in three phases.  Once completed it will be the first website to commemorate Brown’s work and legacy, provide an extensive directory of the many landscapes he created and host a portal of forthcoming events and activities taking place in the Birthday year.

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Urban Food Jungle | AECOM

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Our rapidly urbanizing world is faced with a very real challenge — supporting a larger population with fewer resources. The UN reports that by 2050, the global population will swell to 9.1 billion — with 6.3 billion people predicted to live in urban areas.  This unprecedented urban growth requires a novel approach to alleviate food scarcity, and a shift in preconceptions about what the urban fabric can offer.  The re-imagining of cities as a bastion for urban agriculture has spurred a number of provocative designs.  While many of the schemes succeed in bringing food production closer to where it’s consumed, they are still too energy inefficient to serve as viable models. Continue reading Urban Food Jungle | AECOM

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