STUDENT PROJECT | Natural Water as Cultural Water | Zhicheng Xu

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Time, space and culture have tremendous impacts on landscape. The power of them is so impressive that people would be amazed by things they can do to nature. In the meantime, it raises the question, in the field of contemporary landscape architecture, what is the balancing point between culture and nature? What gives a place its identity? How can we provide programs that fulfil pubic desires with minimum disturbance to existing natural system?
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YMCA Sand Beach Park | Austin USA | dwg. urban landscape architecture

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Austin has seen dramatic growth and change within its central core. Urban developing stresses continue to press against the network of preserved parkland and water systems. Compounding this, city parks are experiencing over-popularity on decreased operating and maintenance budgets, creating crisis situations for parkland. Sand Beach Park addresses these issues and re-imagines a new benchmark for sustainable planning, design, operations and funding of urban parks.

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DS+R wins Zaryadye Park Design Competition

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Competition organisers “Rossiya”, State-owned unitary enterprise “NIiPI for the General Plan of the City of Moscow” and Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design have announced that the consortium led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro has won the Zaryadye Park Design Competition in Moscow with Russian-led TPO “Reserve” placing second and last but not least is MVRDV.
For more information and video of DS+R design(with designer statements and fly-throughs)….

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Lonsdale Street wins Walter Burley Griffin Award

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The revitalisation of Dandenong’s Lonsdale Street – a collaboration between landscape architecture/urban design studio TCL and BKK Architects – recently received a major national award for its outstanding urban design. The public infrastructure project took out the highest accolade for urban design – the Walter Burley Griffin Award – at the 2013 Australian National Architecture Awards, held at the Sydney Opera House.

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MIT selects urban design team for East Campus and Kendall Square

MIT  has selected a multidisciplinary urban design team to help advance plans for the redevelopment of Institute-owned property in East Campus and Kendall Square. The team will build upon the work of Elkus Manfredi Architects, which led to the adoption of new zoning regulations in the district, as well as the work of a faculty design group led by the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), which recently developed design typologies for the Institute’s property in the Kendall Square area.

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The East Campus urban design team will be led by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects of Atlanta, in cooperation with Michael Van Valkenburgh Landscape Architects of Cambridge and New York. Ken Greenberg, a renowned urban planner from Toronto, will provide urban design guidance. The team also includes Vanasse Hangen Brustlin for transportation analysis, Atelier Ten for environmental design planning, and HR+A Advisors for strategic advisory services.

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